ESCAPE is a community allotment project based in Swaffham, Norfolk run by the charity Family Action. Founded in September 2010 with a grant from the BIG Lottery’s Ecominds programme, the ESCAPE project works primarily with people experiencing mental health problems.
Family Action provides services to disadvantaged and socially isolated individuals and families across England through a wide range of services including family support and a range of dedicated mental health services. Family Action services are based in a variety of community settings including family centres, schools, GP surgeries and health centres. The charity is well established in Swaffham where they offer a ‘Well Family’ service based at the Swaffham Community Hospital which supports members of vulnerable families living in the area. Around three quarters of current service users have some form of mental distress. One of the popular activities offered is a Well Being group that is focused on social group activities like crafts, education and physical exercise.