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Rural Site Hopes To Boost Mental Health

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7:42am 7th July 2014
(Updated 7:43am 7th July 2014)

A rural site on the outskirts of Dorchester is being transformed into a haven where people with poor mental health can start on the road to recovery.

Future Roots at Whitfield will offer a broad range of activities from horticulture and pottery - to woodwork and art.

It also hopes to help a wide range of different people from the community including retired farmers and builders.

Care Farm Co-Ordinator Julie Macdougall says they're in the process of setting up a Countryman's Club.

"A traditional day centre might not be for them.  But they can come here and talk to like-minded people. It gives their carers a bit of a break as well. But they come here, they can potter, they can have cake, they mend things. It gives them something they identify with to do."

Julie also has an idea on how young mums and grandparents looking after children can help each other.

"Young Mums that have perhaps missed out on schooling or training, and grannies who look after children, they can mix and talk.  If the young mum's have overall responsibility for the children, if they are happy for the grannies to keep an eye on them, they can get some education in core subjects like English and Maths or even some work based training."

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Future Roots at Whitfield will officially open to the public on Wednesday 27th August.

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