For six years now, the Sligo unit of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland has successfully run a rehabilitative garden project. A social group of both residents and community clients meet up in the garden each week. "About 13,000 people suffer from a head injury in Ireland each year, and face a dramatically altered life thereafter. Damage to the brain can result in behavioural and physical changes affecting concentration, balance, memory, understanding of situations, and judgement. " - ABI Ireland 2015
The garden group can really help as the gardeners work with tools, complete tasks, and make plans for the growing season. As garden coordinator, Space to Grow has been responsible for the ongoing project, as well as overseeing the financial responsibilities. Tasks are assigned to each gardener based on what individual abilities and needs they may have. As a Winter project during the year of 2010, we published a 26 page HSE booklet entitled, 'Our Organic Garden'. All proceeds from the booklet went towards the ABI charity.