Sharing stories, friendship and vegetables

2 women conversing with each other

Story by Rita, Mary, Genet and other SAGE members

We are members of the SAGE Women’s group and we meet every Monday to improve our mental health. We come here to talk, to stop thinking about depression, so we’re not alone and can spend time with other people.

As Genet says “I need to see people and not just the walls”.

We start the group with a cup of tea and chat about the jobs we’ll be doing on the allotment that day. This can include both gardening and craft activities. We enjoy growing the vegetables which are cooked and shared at the daily group meal. We also enjoy making things such as the cushion covers we created to make the metal chairs in the shed more comfortable and attractive.2 women conversing with each other

Rita, who’s been a member of the group for 5 years, says:

“We encourage each other, we share, and we’re friendly. I’m learning to grow things at home and I share them with my friends and neighbours.”

Mary has been coming here for about 10 years. She says:

“It’s safe, so I know I’m not the only one feeling like I felt. I feel a lot better now.”

The SAGE Women’s group takes place every Monday between 11-2pm at Grimesthorpe Allotments in Burngreave. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a member of the group, please contact SAGE project manager Louisa Bruce on 0114 273 7718