Getting hands-on with herbs
The Cedar Foundation delivers a range of services that enable people with disabilities to get the most out of life and to be fully included in their communities. Their services are centred around the individual needs of each person and are delivered throughout Northern Ireland. One service, Inclusion Matters, supports adults with physical and sensory disabilities who are socially isolated to explore social opportunities in their local area.
Groups and activities have been greatly reduced this year, and the Fermanagh and Omagh area served by the programme is largely rural, meaning that participants face further difficulties with transport.
Using a Small Grant from Food for Life Get Togethers, the Cedar Foundation were able to be creative with their activities, using herbs to bring people together. During the lockdown, they distributed herb growing starter packs to service users and held accompanying zoom sessions. The online sessions covered everything there is to know about herbs: how to use them in cooking, where they come from and how to look after them so they thrive!
The herbs have been a hit with service users, with one participant saying, "Getting the opportunity to grow at home under guidance has been fantastic, but to actually see your seeds grow into real herbs was something else. Plus, I got to use the herbs in food; adding basil to tomato soup, adding cress to potato salad and freezing the rest for future use. Brilliant idea."
In December, participants are planning on coming together to enjoy a socially distanced meal using the herbs – Covid permitting, of course. We can’t wait to see their efforts.
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