Creating Gardens for Vulnerable Young Adults

Look Ahead has received funding from Kent Community Foundation to turn barren outdoor spaces within supported living accommodation into gardens to grow food.

The Look Ahead project will benefit thirty vulnerable young adults living in supported housing in Ashford, Folkestone Shepway, and Dover. The £3,948 grant from Kent Community Foundation will help them to transform empty front and back gardens into usable spaces where they can learn about the impact of climate change, sustainability and how to grow and cook their own food.

Dipti Rapte, Fundraising and Partnerships Officer, Look Ahead, said, “This project will help thirty young vulnerable people learn about the implications of  climate change and living sustainably.  We will encourage them to cultivate their own fruit and vegetables and our support staff will organise cooking classes to share recipes for simple healthy meals on a budget using their home grown produce. The funding from Kent Community Foundation will allow us to  plant trees and build raised vegetable beds and employ a gardener at the start of the project, to develop the gardens and teach the young people how to  grow and harvest vegetables and maintain the gardens themselves.”


Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “The application from Look Ahead to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable young adults by developing usable green spaces into gardens where food can be grown, harvested, and then cooked, fitted well with the Kent Community Foundation Environmental Strategy. This was the first time that Look Ahead had applied to us, and we were delighted to support this project.”

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About Look Ahead Care and Support Limited

Look Ahead is a leading provider of specialist housing, support, and care services for people with complex and multiple needs, bridging the gap between social care, health, and housing.

About Kent Community Foundation

Grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for twenty years. In this time, it has distributed over £50 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

They are part of a UK wide accredited network of forty-seven Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.

Responsible for more than eighty philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.