Community Roots

The Community Roots allotment project offers supported volunteering opportunities to adults living within Southampton City who are recovering from mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and/or alcohol/ substance misuse issues.

The allotment is a calm, peaceful place to escape the distractions of everyday life, yet just a short distance from Southampton City Centre. Interested? You will:

  • Get some fresh air and exercise
  • Learn new skills and develop existing skills
  • Meet new people
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence
  • Work as a team
  • Grow and eat fresh produce

If you would like a referral to join the project, please contact SO:Linked Community Navigators on 02380 202650. They will be able to link you to the project and any other relevant groups in your area.

Community Roots is also interested in hearing from you if you would like to volunteer to help run the group sessions. Gardening skills are a bonus but an interest in people and helping others is the main requirement.

What our volunteers say:

  • I love learning new things about plants, it really helps my well-being and is therapeutic. - Steven
  • Healthy, open space and great for meeting new friendly people. - Fleur
  • Helps me get back into a routine, feeling more confident and gives me a positive feeling. - Ali
  • Love being outside, learning and feel healthier. - Andy

If you would like more information, please contact the Project Co-ordinator, Maria Kelly: