If you want something done, ask a busy person. Well how about a young woman who has 2 roles for 3 days each and still enjoys helping out at home on a Sunday? Nicola is talking to me at a table in the corner of the bright and spacious Urru Bandon delicatessen. Read more
John Sweetnam writes about what working outdoors in a garden setting will mean to him and other adults with Down syndrome in the Cork region when Field of Dreams is operational. John is a Board member of Down Syndrome Cork and has been a strong supporter of Field of Dreams from the first stages of it’s planning.
Under the expert eye of Diarmuid Gavin
we held a sowing seeds workshop in Centre 21 in March 2016. Read more
Improve your health by group gardening twice a week
Less stress, less anxiety, significantly more vigor, friendliness and general good health – sounds too good to be true doesn’t it! This magic medicine is not a new wonder drug or an expensive therapy session, surprisingly it is group gardening. A recent scientific study in Florida, USA has shown that group gardening twice a week can do all of this! So why not consider volunteering for our Field of Dreams project?!
A group of Florida researchers has found a link between gardening and good mental health. Scientists at the University of Florida studied 23 healthy women. The preliminary findings show the women who participated in group gardening activities twice a week reported profoundly reduced stress, anxiety, anger, confusion and fatigue. The women also reported significantly more vigor and friendliness than the women in the control group. The women in the study were asked to participate in gardening activities twice a week for six weeks This group gardening included seed and bulb planting, plant propagation and tasting herbs. Brain scans and other psychological observation before and after the gardening program revealed the gardeners were significantly less stressed than the control group. Dr Guy (lead researcher) says the research owes much to horticultural therapy. However, this study significantly differs because the subjects of this study were healthy. “What we found in the gardening group was a significant impact,” Guy says. He hopes to have the research published later this year.
Sounds like volunteering on our Field of Dreams project could be really beneficial for you! Check out our volunteering tab on the Field of Dreams Volunteer Form to register your interest!!
Read more about this interesting scientific project at http://finance.yahoo.com/news/gardening-good-brain-florida-researchers-162121756.html
Down Syndrome Cork Chairperson, Ray O’Callaghan, gives us the story behind Field of Dreams Cork. This short video also shows participants at a cutting propagation workshop in Co Cork this Spring.