Growing Space is a registered mental health charity founded in 1992, specialising in supporting individuals with mental ill health, autism or a learning disability. We help to build their confidence, develop social skills and improve their quality of life.
Our journey began in Newport, and to date we now operate across Gwent, Cardiff and The Vale. Growing Space provides a network of support projects across our sites, to develop the skills and knowledge of our participants, whether that be personal development, vocational or employability. Our accredited and non-accredited opportunities include experiencing and interacting with nature, horticulture, woodwork, social enterprise, personal development and life skills, well-being, digital and creative arts, technology, employability skills and information technology. For many of our participants, engagement is one of many steps towards voluntary work, sustainable job opportunities, or further education.
As an organisation, with 28 years of experience, Growing Space recognises that social exclusion is often experienced by people with mental ill health. Growing Space therefore really makes a difference in getting people back into society, reducing social isolation and loneliness, and combating the stigma associated with mental ill health, autism or a learning disability by concentrating upon each participant’s ability and not inability. Growing Space has supported many participants through their process of change, where they have opportunities to form new friendships, some having significantly repaired former poor relationships with families and friends. Growing Space encourages participants to see themselves in a positive and constructive light, and helps to maximise their unlimited potential with so many examples of how self-esteem and self-worth has increased through involvement with the projects.
For more information about our projects please click on the areas in the 'What We Do' section.
You can find our contact details and referral form here.
This video was produced by Kate Broadhurst as part of her graduation project. Kate is an artist and animator, living and working in South Wales.
Kate graduated in 2011 with a first class degree in Animation from Newport University and has since been exploring various approaches to her work, with involvement in a number of community arts programmes and personal projects.
Helping People Grow