Community Roots Reach New Heights


Community Roots is a partnership project inspired by the needs and wishes of a group of people moving out of long stay hospital wards in the Trust. Some people in the group have learning disabilities and others mental health conditions but all were moving from institutional care into their own homes.

The adults were excited about learning to live more independently. With the support of their Occupational Therapists, Root Soup, Health Improvement Facilitator and care providers, the adults were able to embark on training. This training has involved harvesting and cultivating vegetables, food preparation and education and sharing a meal that they have prepared. Most importantly the adults have developed lasting relationships along the way while being accepted as valued members of their local community. This fits well with Making Life Better and Transforming Your Care.

Ten of these adults were presented with their culinary qualifications from Root Soup on 9th May 2016 in St Johns Church Hall Ormeau Road.

Community Roots is a real life example of how with careful planning, partnership working and enthusiasm, the lives of these individuals can be transformed and the community that they live in is enriched.

Community Roots was funded by Health Improvement Consortium funding. The initiative is a partnership between Belfast Health & Social Care Trust Mental Health and Learning Disability Occupational Therapy Dept, Belfast Trust Health Improvement Department, Root Soup, L’Arche, Inspire Housing Association, Triangle Housing Association and Environmental Health, Belfast City Council.

For further information please contact Joan Melanophy Project Manager Health Improvement Department on (028) 950 46686.