When a military unit deploys overseas we work hard to make life as easy as possible for the service families left behind; from families’ lunches and fun days to facilitating video links to loved ones in Afghanistan.
‘Sow It, Grow It, Cook It, Eat It’ project
One way we support service children is through schools local to the military bases where we provide quality of life services with our ‘Sow It, Grow It, Cook It, Eat It’ project.
At the start of each sub-project, seeds and any other items required to set up the garden are provided by the team with a small financial contribution. Practical help with digging, making raised beds and any other manual work that may be required is then given, but the children sow the seeds themselves, nurture them and watch them grow. Some of the produce grown by the children is used by our chefs in cookery demonstrations and tastings along with a talk about healthy eating.
The latest ‘‘Sow It, Grow It, Cook It, Eat It’ garden to be established is at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court, where injured Service personnel, currently predominantly those wounded on operations in Afghanistan, are rehabilitated. Southern Region volunteers are working with the children of the military personnel based there.