Replenishing garden for female survivors of sexual abuse
This is a partnership project with The Survivors' Network . It has been funded by the Allen Lane Foundation, Sussex Community Foundation, Tesco Bags for Life and now this year by Santander. Please get in touch if you or someone you know might be interested in attending one or more of our FREE sessions. Two experienced PLOT 22 volunteers Alison and Yvonne lead this project. Yvonne introduces it for us here:
"Thyme and Space is an opportunity to build friendships, new skills and confidence through gardening and sharing a vegetarian meal together. It's a special place where we can set aside our worries and enjoy a connection with nature that is beyond our understanding through activities like sowing, digging, planting, weeding, harvesting, cooking or just sitting and enjoying a cup of tea. No previous experience of gardening or cooking is needed!
This project emerged from a team visit to PLOT 22 by staff of Survivors’ Network in 2016. It was felt PLOT 22 could be a perfect place to encourage the healing process. Alison and I have the right skills, interest and experience and so it's a great match for us to host and develop these sessions. After several well received taster sessions in Autumn 2016 we successfully raised funding to host more. A member of the Survivors’ Network staff also attends providing specialist support on site when the need arises. We are keen to welcome women into the gorgeousness that is PLOT 22 and share the positive impact it has on our wellbeing".
"It was special to inhabit a calming place of nature for a spell. It also felt a safe space to share and listen with my fellow women survivors, where such spaces rarely exist in the ‘outside’ world. Thank you all."
"Couldn’t be more pleased, all the anxiety and bad emotions/feelings disappeared as soon as I walked into the peaceful plot and met these lovely ladies! No pressure to talk or do anything that makes me feel uncomfortable."
"I really enjoyed the session at PLOT 22. I normally find group things difficult but wanted to stay for longer as it’s so peaceful there."
Arriving and accessing the PLOT 22 site: PLOT 22 is located on the Weald Allotments. A map and directions are here. The Weald is a locked allotment site and so please ensure you have our contact number on your phone to let us know you've arrived. Once inside the gate turn left and you'll find PLOT 22 50 metres along the lane.
PLOT 22 has a no alcohol/substances policy and vegetarian food is prepared and shared onsite.
We are grateful to Sussex Community Foundation, the Allen Lane Foundation, Tesco's Bag for Life scheme, Santander and One Stop Carriers for Causes for funding these sessions.
View pictures and summaries from our most recent sessions here: