After Helen Buckingham left a career in teaching she still was keen to continue working with young people in the Wirral, where she lives. Passionate about getting young people more involved with creating and maintaining green spaces, Helen had initial thoughts about starting a social enterprise, but wasn't sure where to begin.
Learning the ropes
Helen learned about the work the Eden Project was doing in 2014. 'I attended a Community Camp at Eden where I learned about different ways to engage communities,' says Helen, 'as well as the more practical information behind running projects.' Most of this came from speaking to other participants and finding out how they had managed to accomplish what she wanted to achieve.
Choosing who to work with
'Eden also helped me clarify my ideas,' says Helen. She soon decided that she wanted to work specifically with young people who had mental health difficulties and this became the focus of her project.
Using the knowledge and motivation that she obtained from being part of Eden Project Communities, Helen has gone on to do amazing things.
In August 2015 she officially registered Grow Sow Well as a community interest company. She was then given a site for her garden at the back of her local library and she has recently been awarded funding. Grow Sow Well now works with residents, schools and community groups, bringing people together to celebrate their area and increase awareness of healthy eating and food production.
Helen continues to keep in touch and collaborate with other Community Campers in the Wirral.