€3,000 Kitchen Garden planted at Cork Association for Autism by GIY and Cully & Sully

At the brand new Kitchen Garden to the tune of €3,000 presented by GIY and Cully & Sully at the Cork Association for Autism centre in Mogeely, Cork are Emma Hutchinson horticultural co-ordination at the Cork Association for Autism and Michael Kelly, founder of GIY and Rena O'Donovan, Cully & Sully  

Garden to provide horticultural therapy to service users, with Cully & Sully planning to make the #GivePeasAChance initiative even bigger this year


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29 February 2016

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A brand new Kitchen Garden to the tune of €3,000 was recently planted at the Cork Association for Autism centre in Mogeely by Grow It Yourself (GIY) and Cully & Sully.

Late last year GIY and Cully & Sully teamed up to launch a fun Grow at Work campaign dubbed #GivePeasAChance. This challenged teams to grow food at work, offering the winners a food garden worth €3,000 to donate to a charity or community group of their choice, plus €2,000 worth of vouchers for Ballymaloe House and Cookery School for the winning team.

Out of 450 companies who took part in #GivePeasAChance, the competition’s winning team was a group of five chiropractors from Optimal Chiropractic in Cork who chose to present the Cork Association for Autism with the prize of the €3,000 GIY Food Garden.

Crobally Service Centre in Mogeely provides residential care and respite care to 30 service users and just last week an additional building was officially opened at the centre, enabling the Cork Association for Autism to support 14 day service users aged between 18-28. The service provides person centred support and skill development programmes to adults on the autism spectrum throughout Cork.

Each individual on the programme has a person-centered plan in place which focuses on the interests of the service user and their objectives in life. The new Kitchen garden will offer services users one-to-one horticultural therapy according to horticultural co-ordinator at the centre Emma Hutchinson.

Hutchinson points out the benefits of the garden, commenting that for service users, it is “wonderful to get them out and about in the fresh air but also it helps greatly with anxiety and it is also very rewarding for them to see their seeds transform into food they can eat and knowing that they nurtured that cycle, it builds enormous levels of independence.”

With the help of GIY, Cully & Sully is now planning to make the GivePeasAChance movement even bigger for 2016. If you are interested in participating, visit www.cullyandsully.com/ourgarden  and register to take part in the 2016 CampaignIf you would like to help your company to GIY@Work, take a peak at www.giyinternational.org/giyatwork.



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