The Missenden Walled Garden Charity provides day support for people with disabilities and mental health issues – enriching lives through work, education and community engagement. But the charity can’t do this on its own.
As Charity Chief Executive, Nigel Kippax, explains ‘We know that we need to work with other charities to have the greatest possible impact on people’s lives. We must collaborate and not compete’
One such initiative is with the Workaid charity in Chesham. Workaid refurbishes a wide range of tools which are shipped to Kenya; Zambia; Uganda and Tanzania. ‘Workaid were looking for volunteers while we were looking for new opportunities for our gardeners to carry out meaningful work in the community’ said Nigel Kippax. ‘It was a clear win/win’.
Since July Walled Garden teams have been volunteering in Chesham weekly to sort, clean and prepare tools for shipment. “We noticed changes immediately. There’s been an increase in focus and attention and a real sense of purpose in what our teams do. For example, one of our team was recently overheard working while quietly saying to himself “I’m doing this for Africa”. What a wonderful example of collaborating with another charity to enrich the lives of people with disabilities and mental health issues”.
Missenden Walled Garden Charity was formed in 2017 and has grown by 30% in just over a year.
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