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About us

Growing Support is a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC). Our registered company number is 8354809. Community Interest Companies differ from other companies in that they have to carry out activities which fulfil a social purpose. Our purpose is to tackle loneliness, social isolation and inactivity experienced by people with health and social care needs, particularly older people and people with dementia.

Meet the team behind Growing Support

 

Samantha Grief, Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator

Sam Grief small fileSam joined Growing Support from The Big Issue where she looked after the welfare of people experiencing homelessness, as well as managing a team of volunteers. She also brings to the team valuable experience as a volunteer herself at Windmill Hill and Bath City Farms. Prior to this Sam worked for Business in the Community, leading a project helping people who had been homeless back to work. She has a passion for gardening, walking and just generally being outdoors and is also studying for her RHS Level 2 qualification.

Sarah Mountford, Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah MounthfordSarah worked in the education sector for nearly ten years. After having a family, she decided it was time for a change. Her career with Growing Support began as a volunteer helping to support our gardening groups. She now recruits and trains our volunteer team and helps match volunteers to gardening groups. Sarah loves spending time outdoor and growing things, particularly those she can eat.

 

Impact Measurement Advisory Team

Professor Richard Cheston, Professor of Mental Health Research (Dementia) at the University of the West of England

Dr Jude Hancock, Coordinator of the Dementia Health Integration Team at Bristol Health Partners

Professor Yoav Ben Schlomo, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Bristol University