Green-fingered residents shine in sunflower competition

published on 15 Sep 2023

Residents at a Salvation Army lifehouse for homeless people in Cardiff showed gardening was no tall order by growing 30 sunflowers, with a competition held to grow the tallest.

Results, which were announced earlier this week, were impressive with the winning bloom towering over staff and residents at Ty Gobaith at nine foot, one inch tall.

John Stark is a Salvation Army chaplain at Ty Gobaith. 

He said: “Activities like this take our residents’ minds off more chaotic and complex things happening in their lives and helps camaraderie and fellowship develop between everyone here. They found great fulfilment in planting the seeds, cultivating the soil and nurturing the flowers over these last few months.”

Tŷ Gobaith is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, supported residential Lifehouse based in Cardiff for single adults over the age of eighteen years. The Lifehouse offers a safe, supportive environment for individuals, helping them make positive choices about their current circumstances. Referral is via Cardiff Council's Single Homeless Gateway.

Ty Gobaith Sunflowers
Zoe Jenkins, Resettlement Manager, and three residents who took part in the competition
A young mum is sitting on a brown sofa with her little girl. They are talking to a female Salvatiton Army officer.

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