Watch Us Grow

Watch Us Grow is a Cumbernauld-based charity, based at Palacerigg Country Park, which provides a supportive environment for adults with additional support needs or with mental health problems. It started in 1999, in recognition that there was a need for opportunities for people with special needs.

Watch Us Grow is a registered charity created in 1999, which provides skills to enable people to take part more equally within their wider community. They work with adults with special needs as well as working in partnership with local companies, with the aim of building confidence and social skills by offering volunteering opportunities, gardening, social enterprise activities, arts and crafts, Keep Fit classes, social events, and day respite opportunities. The community garden provides a therapeutic learning experience where self- confidence and self-esteem can develop along with a range of skills to do with organic gardening, recycling and composting.

The students carry out various jobs in the garden such as; planting seeds, watering plants, re-potting plants, attending to our wormeries, working in our polytunnel and selling plants to visitors. No working day is the same, and there are always plenty of things to do to keep everyone busy all year round!

The project enables people to move on to a supported paid position within Watch US Grow in the Community, the Environmental Task Force, or Baby Steps, a shop in Falkirk where children’s nursery equipment and baby supplies is recycled for re-sale. The shops is a Social Enterprise which employs adults with disabilities.