Learning and growing centre Incredible AquaGarden opened in 2013.  The business teaches and promotes the benefits of sustainable local food to school children, families and the local community. It’s a recognised centre of research and learning and has strong links with universities and local schools.

The centre provides apprenticeships, training and support for the local community, including adults with learning difficulties and social housing tenants.  These activities contribute to local health in a number of ways, for example by reducing isolation, building confidence and improving eating habits. The centre also encourages people to take greater pride in the areas where they live and work by creating planting areas in unused spaces.

The centre generates income by working with organisations such as social housing landlords, schools and clinical commissioning groups, however needed to generate more income to reduce its reliance on grant income. Power to Change funding will help to business to explore new income streams by contributing to staff salaries and funding building improvements that will allow the centre to broaden the services it offers.

Working with community, family and schools to deliver growing and cooking workshops, both on-site and as outreach projects, tailored to achieve outcomes in education, wellbeing and social impact

Áine Douglas

Centre manager