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Spending time in green space or bringing nature in to your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. The GAP Project is an eco-therapy wellbeing support service that aims to help people become mentally healthy. It does this through connecting with others; and helping to develop and tend our allotment plots in Dorchester.

Anyone with mild to moderate mental health and wellbeing challenges can access the service – but they must be referred by a professional via email to: thegapprojectdorch@dorsetmind.uk.

Please note, we have not yet launched this service, but anticipate to be ready soon. Keep an eye on this page for details!

Volunteers wanted!

There are two types of volunteers we want to recruit for The GAP Project:

  1. Volunteers who will actively help with the upkeep of the allotment and fruit and vegetable production. They will also support our Project Coordinator to plan and create our ecotherapy sensory garden.
  2. The Service Support Volunteers will work alongside the other volunteers and participants. They will help our Project Coordinator to recruit and induct new volunteers and service participants. In addition to this, they will support the Coordinator to run the services and plan sessions.

For more details, please see our volunteer vacancies, here.

The GAP project sweet peas

How did The GAP Project come about?

Dorset Mind, in partnership with Meyers Estate Agents, have created The GAP Project. The project was the idea of founders Mark and Claire Meyers as a result of lived experience in their family. They wanted to create a community project that would inspire people and bring them together to benefit the local area.

We were asked to become partners as we have experience delivering mental health support groups and services. We also have several mutual connections in Dorchester, who have kindly supported the project already, namely David Upshall Insurance Services, The Dorchester Lions, Cougar Fencing, HB Gardening, Humphries Kirk and S & R Downton Ltd – Building Contractors to name a few.

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