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Alternatives Community-based Recovery - £5000

admin admin  •  2021-03-01  •  West Dunbartonshire  • 

Investment project code: 91

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): Alternatives was set up in 1996 to work with people who have a substance dependency. We support their personal journey from chaos to wholeness and normalise a lifestyle without dependency. Since 2006 we have helped 788 people to achieve and maintain an abstinent lifestyle, 735 to access education and training and 187 to move into work. We support up to 140 people at a time from across West Dunbartonshire, through a programme of community-based group work or our Safe as Houses project and scatter flats in Clydebank. An important part of our approach is to provide people in recovery with safe, therapeutic work placement opportunities. This helps them transition to being a part of our community, feel valued and that they have a worthwhile contribution to make. Our new horticulture and wildlife project at Knowetop in Dumbarton provides nature-based work for our recovery clients who will be growing fruit and veg and enhancing the habitats on site, and opportunity for the community to become involved in looking after and enhancing a local greenspace. 

What will you use the money for?: We will use the money to deliver a year-round programme of events and activities at Knowetop that bring the community to the site and encourage them to connect with its habitats and wildlife and to learn new skills. Funds will pay for equipment such as binoculars, identification guides, hand magnifiers and trail cameras so people can get up close to the plants and wildlife that can be found at Knowetop and learn more about them or experience the site in a different way. We will also use the money to pay for sessional workers and experts to deliver some of the activities. We are planning to have: o A regular nature club for primary school aged children.  o Term time outdoor 'after-school club'. o School holiday activities over the summer and autumn breaks. o An adult volunteer group, who will carry out horticulture and wildlife tasks, and can also help with events and other activities. o Public events and workshops - themed around seasons or wildlife. 

Who will benefit from this money?: The activities programme planned will offer something for all ages; some elements are specifically targeted at children, others just at adults. Families, individuals, and other community groups will all be able to take part in the events. Although based in Castlehill the programme is available to the wider community of Dumbarton and The Vale, and further away if people are able and willing to travel to take part. We will be offering some female only activities for women and girls who, for a variety of personal reasons, are more comfortable in a female only environment.  The exact benefit of taking part will be different for everyone. Regular contact with nature is good for physical and mental wellbeing. The Knowetop site and the activity programme will offer different ways of getting a 'nature fix'.   

Proposed on behalf of: Alternatives Community-based Recovery - £5000


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