Last month, Franck and I had the greatest pleasure of meeting the chairman of Bridge Community Wellness Gardens, Francis Ball, an amazing gentleman with a big heart. SACO superfoods are now available in their veg box and we couldn’t be happier.
About Bridge Wellness Gardens
Bridge Wellness Gardens is a charity based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
Francis, Clair and their team of staff, volunteers, donors and fundraisers have been working very hard since 2015 to provide a therapeutic and caring environment for those with lifelong learning disabilities and mental health issues.
They also offer training and life skills to children and young people struggling to thrive in a standard academic environment within their outdoor study facilities and provide ongoing guidance, support and work experience to those who are currently unemployed.
How are they helping?
One of the main initiatives run by the Bridge Wellness Gardens team is growing amazing fruits and vegetables in the Community Farm - from delicious mixed salad, to baby spinach, strawberries and glorious rhubarb.
The farm offers incredible opportunities to young adults like Harry, Chris and Ryan to transform their lives and gain self-esteem.
All the produce is then sold in their Farm Shop, at local markets and other events to raise funds.
One of their greatest achievements was the official opening of The Better Lives Centre in November 2018. The centre has a fully equipped Kitchen and Café where lovely refreshments and small meals are prepared and served using fruits and vegetables produced in the farm.
The Veg Box Scheme
The Bridge Wellness Gardens and Farm also receive supports from the many customers who have signed up for the Veg Box Scheme. Every Tuesday they get a box full of delicious seasonal fruit & Veg delivered at their door steps.
Most of the produce included in the box is grown in the Bridge Community Farm. The few products they don't grow themselves come from trusted organic farms.
Needless to say how ecstatic and honoured Franck and I felt when Francis offered to include SACO superfoods as extra in Bridge Veg Boxes. That’s right! If you are a subscriber of their Veg box, you can now choose to add our nutritious African superfoods to your order and have it delivered together with your fruit and Veg.
We feel privileged to work with a charity that shares our ethos and values.
This month of August, the Bridge Wellness Gardens team will be supporting the families in Ellesmere Port by providing a Holiday Activity Club for children aged 4 - 18. Even though the club is aimed at families on free school meals, it will also be open to all families NOT on free school meals (donation is welcome, but not obligatory).
Activities are designed to give the young guests an insight into healthy eating and outdoor life. They are running cooking classes, all sorts of growing and food crop cultivating experience; rambling nature trail discovery sessions all over the farm; craft work like making and painting "woody" the cowboy and music garden sessions. Please visit Bridge Wellness Gardens & Farm Facebook page for more details or call 07446 699995 to pre-register.
If you are a Shakespeare’s fan, tomorrow, Saturday 10th August, they will be hosting open air performances of "Much Ado and Nothing" . The first performance for the youngest audience will be at 3:30pm and the second one at 7:30pm.
We will be there too with samples of our lovely ginger and hibiscus tea. If you are in the area of Ellesmere Port, come and have a picnic from the amazing "Better Lives" Café and enjoy great comic drama in the fresh air. Please visit their Facebook page for more details.