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BITE team at the allotment


Bite supports people with mental health problems, helping them to move towards a healthier lifestyle. It does this through food growing and health cooking activities in a social setting: boosting wellbeing, teaching skills and encouraging healthier behaviours.

A particular focus of the project is the training of volunteers who help support the participants. They focus on engaging with people with mental health issues who would like to make significant lifestyle changes but are unsure of how to get there.

Manchester Mind delivers Bite from their base at the Zion Centre in Hulme and at allotments and community centres in South Manchester and the Growing in the city community garden in Openshaw.

Our Findings
  • Bite has delivered very successfully against all three Target: Wellbeing outcomes – mental wellbeing, physical activity and healthy eating.
  • Bite has helped to address the issues connecting mental and physical ill health. By not focusing on mental health in isolation, it has helped some people make dramatic improvements to their mental wellbeing.
  • The social interaction and friendly, supportive settings have been crucial to the success of the project.

Impact Report

Phase 1 Report
Case Study