Poppleton Community Railway Nursery is a not-for-profit company (No. 06211163) limited by guarantee. Additionally, it is a Registered Charity (No. 1148341) with the following charitable objectives:-
We aim to meet these objectives by encouraging volunteers to get involved in the activities that we offer. Everyone is welcome from all backgrounds and walks of life and over a wide range of ages. We provide opportunities for people to take part in a range of practical activities such as gardening, building repairs and maintenance of the railway, rolling stock and the site. We aim to pass on horticultural skills and develop an understanding of how to grow healthy plants, as well as building on an individual’s creative, retail and social abilities and interests. There is something for everyone!
It is well known that the type of activities that we offer plus being out in the fresh air is very therapeutic for the body and mind. It can provide physical, mental and social stimulation within the safe haven of the nursery’s relaxed and enjoyable environment. The nursery works in partnership with health agencies in the York area to deliver therapeutic horticulture, craft and wood working sessions to adults recovering from mental health issues.
We also operate as a non-clinical organisation within a Social Prescribing Scheme by helping individuals improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare and be in control of their own care, often as an alternative to medical intervention.
There are many benefits of being involved with the nursery such as improvements in self-confidence, self-esteem and social interaction. Working alongside a range of new people gives the volunteers the opportunity to make new friends and build new relationships. The skills gained and improvements in confidence can help enhance future career prospects, give a sense of purpose or simply provide feelings of satisfaction and achievement.