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Dig ‘n’ Grow

Dig ‘n’ Grow

From our purposefully designed Outdoor Wellbeing Centre near Witney in Oxfordshire, Guideposts Dig ‘n’ Grow is a day service that equips adults with learning disabilities with new skills such as planting, woodwork, nature crafts and cooking, all in a safe and social setting.

Current Status: We are glad to be back to usual activities, enjoying fresh air and with full cleaning and PPE procedures in place.

How Dig ‘n’ Grow works

Proud of work at Dig'n'Grow

Our Dig’n’Grow service runs day sessions every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10am to 3pm.

You will be able to choose what you would like to do in each session and our staff will provide specific support that meets your individual needs.

There is, of course, no pressure to do things you don’t want to do while at Dig’n’Grow. In fact, you might be very surprised at the results, if you give it a chance!

Garden to Wellbeing Courses

We are currently offering shorter courses at Dig’n’Grow. Over 6 weeks spend Monday or Thursday mornings at our Outdoor Wellbeing, learn new skills, and help yourself to better wellbeing.

Get in touch if you’re interested in joining us!

What activities are on offer?

We have a rolling programme of seasonal activities – even in the winter months.

A session might include:

  • Planting and growing bulbs, flowers, veg or herbs
  • Sowing seeds, pricking out, potting on
  • Woodwork, willow weaving and crafts
  • Health walks and trips out
  • Seasonal celebrations; watering, dead-heading, general plant care
  • Composting, weeding, pruning, digging
  • Soft wood, hard wood & root cuttings
  • Cooking garden produce.
Building Bird Boxes
Planting at Dig'n'Grow

Who can we support?

We currently support adults with special needs, disabilities and mental health issues but also provide spaces for young adults and adults who would like to develop their confidence, self-esteem, social skills and skills around the garden.

We work with variable staff ratios depending on the needs of each person, to enable all to take part.

Why should I join?

The benefits of just being outdoors, and near nature, can be quite surprising. Research suggests that ‘Biophilia’, the bond between humans and nature, produces surprising results, and is one of the best ways to relax, de-stress and feel a sense of wholeness.

If you enjoy the outdoors and want to increase your confidence, Guideposts Dig’n’Grow provides the perfect place to build your skills – and make lasting friendships on the way.

Key Info

Day & Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10am-3pm. Please contact us if you are interested in attending on Mondays.

Address: Paradise Fields, Curbridge, Witney, OX29 7YL

Contact number: 01993 893560 / 07469 696524

Email: Oxfordshire@guideposts.org.uk

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“Since James has been attending Dig ‘n’ Grow he has benefited in many ways. He strongly connects with the vocational side of things, he is proud to be doing a job that helps others. He’s also improved his dexterity and coordination through his gardening work.

Perhaps more importantly, James has developed personal and professional relationships; friendships he might otherwise not have made without the close and positive community found through Dig ‘n’ Grow.”        

Heath Care Professional

How to join?

You can either sign up yourself or refer someone else to Guideposts Dig’n’Grow.

We’ll get back in touch within 3 working days to arrange a time to meet or talk on the phone and you can ask any questions to see if this is the right service for you. You may be able to come and see a session to get a taster of what we do.

If we decide together that Dig’n’Grow would be the right service for you, we’ll then work with you on a support plan and set some goals to make the most of your time with us.

Can you Help?

We are seeking volunteer gardeners to help with our Outdoor Wellbeing Centre. If you have a few hours available each week, and would like to share your knowledge or help with our garden, please contact us.

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