Soil Sisters

 

Soil Sisters is an exciting 3 year project run by WEN that supports recovery and transformation for vulnerable women in traumatic transitions within refuge settings. Working with our partners Ashiana Network and Hestia, WEN will deliver a year round programme of weekly social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) or green care sessions across 5 refuges in East London.

 

Soil Sisters team

  BETH SUMMERS Co-director   Beth is a project manager with a love of nature and a passion for positive mental health. She has lived, worked and studied in East London since 2005, after spending years working in East Africa.

BETH SUMMERS
Co-director

Beth is a project manager with a love of nature and a passion for positive mental health. She has lived, worked and studied in East London since 2005, after spending years working in East Africa.

  BERNADETTE KENNEDY   Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener and Engagement Lead at St Leonard’s Priory

BERNADETTE KENNEDY
Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener and Engagement Lead at St Leonard’s Priory

  KATHERINE JACKSON Soil Sisters Theruputic Gardener   With a background in disability and mental health services Katherine retrained in horticulture and has over ten years experience working in East London community gardens encouraging nature to work its magic improving health and well-being.

KATHERINE JACKSON
Soil Sisters Theruputic Gardener

With a background in disability and mental health services Katherine retrained in horticulture and has over ten years experience working in East London community gardens encouraging nature to work its magic improving health and well-being.

  Hannah Leigh-Mackie   Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Hannah Leigh-Mackie
Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

  MARIA PAPOUI   Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener   Maria has been working at the Thrive Battersea Park project as a Horticultural Therapist for 5 years. Prior to this, Maria worked on many community greening projects across North London and co-founded the social enterprise The Green Firm CIC.

MARIA PAPOUI
Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Maria has been working at the Thrive Battersea Park project as a Horticultural Therapist for 5 years. Prior to this, Maria worked on many community greening projects across North London and co-founded the social enterprise The Green Firm CIC.

  NATALIE SZAREK   Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener   Natalie is thrilled to combine her passion for gender justice with her love of growing food and flowers. Following several years working and volunteering in the women's sector, Natalie moved to London and got involved in community gardening. She has worked in the urban food sector for seven years including at Forest Farm Peace Garden, Community Food Growers Network, and founded Audacious Veg CIC in 2015

NATALIE SZAREK
Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Natalie is thrilled to combine her passion for gender justice with her love of growing food and flowers. Following several years working and volunteering in the women's sector, Natalie moved to London and got involved in community gardening. She has worked in the urban food sector for seven years including at Forest Farm Peace Garden, Community Food Growers Network, and founded Audacious Veg CIC in 2015

  KLAUDIJA ALASAUSKAITE    Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer   Klaudija works at the urban tree planting charity Trees for Cities as their London Development Manager. She's passionate about enriching nature in cities and loves cycling, gardening and camping. Klaudija has studied and worked in London since 2008.

KLAUDIJA ALASAUSKAITE
Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

Klaudija works at the urban tree planting charity Trees for Cities as their London Development Manager. She's passionate about enriching nature in cities and loves cycling, gardening and camping. Klaudija has studied and worked in London since 2008.

  SUSANNA EPLING Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer   Susanna completed her Masters in Public Health, Maternal Child Health and has a passion for mental health and community building. She is an active volunteer with the Soil Sisters therapeutic gardening project.

SUSANNA EPLING Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

Susanna completed her Masters in Public Health, Maternal Child Health and has a passion for mental health and community building. She is an active volunteer with the Soil Sisters therapeutic gardening project.

  ANNA PETERS    Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

ANNA PETERS
Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

  CLAIRE BLUNDELL-JONE    Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

CLAIRE BLUNDELL-JONE
Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

  SIHAM BORTCOSH    Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

SIHAM BORTCOSH
Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

  JALA HAIDAR   Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

JALA HAIDAR
Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

 
  JULIE YIP   Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

JULIE YIP
Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

  MERLIN STRANGEWAY

MERLIN STRANGEWAY

 
 

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Get Involved

If you would like to get involved with the Soil Sisters Project please contact us at soilsisters@wen.org.uk or call 020 7481 9004

We are not looking for volunteers for the Soil Sisters project. If you have a skill set to share with the project such as crafts, workshops and skill share we would like to hear from you. Please contact us for possible workshop collaborations.

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