Sunderland-based social enterprise, dedicated to providing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues, receives £63,000 funding

One of the main beneficiaries of this service is Michelle, 42 years old. Michelle has additional needs that impact her mental health and her ability to socialize. After years of trying supported schedules and struggling to settle in, Michelle arrived at Sunderland Home Grown in September 2017. From just two hours a week, she has grown to three full days and moves way independent to and from the garden centre. His social relationships have improved as well as his confidence and mental health. Michelle loves her job at Sunderland Home Grown CIC and now has a real passion for horticulture. She has now started her Level 1 Professional Studies credentialing journey and progressed to part-time on-site work.

Danyal Sattar, CEO of Big Issue Invest, said: “We are delighted to be able to support an organization such as Sunderland Home Grown. The work he does in his community is invaluable, not only does he train and help people with mental health issues and learning disabilities thrive in their professional and personal lives, but he breaks down social barriers and the stigmas. I know they will get better and better.

Debbie Byers, Director and Director of Sunderland Home Grown, said: ‘It is great that we have been able to secure the loan investment we needed from Big Issue Invest to enable us to grow our business and we are very excited. to the idea of ​​developing our organization. we can provide even more support and opportunities for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities within our community.

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