Funding project for people with neurological conditions

Growing walls as a creative distraction to improve physical and mental health

The Brain Charity and Farm Urban, from Liverpool kicked off a funding project. Creative indoor food growing to improve the physical and mental health of people with neurological conditions.'

Their mission: Did you know there are more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence – from well-known ones like stroke, brain injury, epilepsy and dementia to much rarer illnesses like Alice in Wonderland Syndrome too? The Brain Charity is the only charity in the UK to be here for every single one of them – and we have been for more than 25 years. 

The impact of a diagnosis can be devastating. People lose control of their lives and many face unemployment, poverty and social isolation as a result. Life can become very lonely and frightening – meaning physical and mental health and well-being can suffer further. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our pioneering friends at social enterprise Farm Urban. 

Over the past five years, Farm Urban has been educating schools, businesses and communities on the benefits of growing food in cities, and how to create a sustainable future for food.

In 2019 they created Liverpool’s first vertical farm to bring healthy, sustainable, locally-grown greens to the people of Merseyside and beyond. Using the soilless growing system of hydroponics, they grow food in space-saving vertical towers without using any pesticides.

Together, we want to bring their food revolution – and the physical and mental health benefits of growing fresh, nutritious greens – to people with neurological conditions.

Read more at Aviva Community Fund 

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