We’re delighted to receive a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to help us deliver therapeutic gardening services. Many people who access our horticulture programme have complex needs and benefit from extra support to help them get the most out of their experiences at the garden.
The funding means we can employ a wellbeing officer to design individual learning plans to better support people including those who have autism and may be non-verbal. We use the process of working in the garden to help people connect with nature, feel calm, interact with others, feel less isolated, learn communication and team-working skills, and increase their sense of belonging.
We’ve seen a worsening of mental health over lockdown so it’s important that we can provide effective support to help people integrate better and improve their wellbeing.
Read more about our horticulture training programme.