Transition Edinburgh South has successfully received funding from the Scottish Government #Wellbeing Fund for their new project ‘Survival School” at Gracemount Walled Garden.
The aim of the project is to reduce isolation for vulnerable children and families attending P1 and 2 classes at Gracemount Primary School.
Transition Edinburgh South will provide mental health and wellbeing support to both vulnerable children and other family members, both directly through attendance at the garden and other greenspaces on site, and indirectly through promoting activities and positive impacts at home.
The sessions will focus on learning about how food is grown, the importance of biodiversity, identifying plants and wildlife, composting, and how being outside taking exercise can help with relaxation and letting go of stress, particularly during the current crisis. Transition Edinburgh South will offer take-home resources such as seedlings to plant at home and also offer relaxation exercises.
The staff at Gracemount Primary have helped tremendously with identifying families they feel would benefit from being outdoors. Following referrals, Transition Edinburgh South will work with staff from Gracemount Primary School to deliver the sessions and seek feedback from staff as to the positive impact of this programmes on the children and families who participate.