The Therapy Garden is a horticulture and education charity that uses gardening to generate positive change. We work with adults and teenagers with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and a range of mental health challenges. Green School offers teenagers aged 14-18 the chance to gain a City & Guilds vocational qualification- ‘Skills for Working Life: Horticulture’. Our Grow to Work project supports 19-25 year olds with their transition from school or college to the workplace by offering further training and work experience, maintaining local gardens or in our shop selling our home grown produce. Stroke survivors and clients living with dementia are offered social and therapeutic horticulture, reducing social isolation. Adult clients with anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges are referred to us by Social Services. We aim to help our service users improve psychologically, physically and socially and provide the opportunity to enter into further education, training and employment.
We are a small but growing charity, and our client numbers are at capacity. We have been given some additional land, which provides us with much needed space for our growing client numbers, and gives us opportunity to offer a more diverse horticultural experience to our clients. The new land has been cleared but requires materials and resources to develop it further into useful land for our clients to enjoy.
Our raised beds provide an area for planting, education and enjoyment, and are at a height suitable for wheelchair users to use. Unfortunately our current beds are falling apart and need replacing. Our clients take great pride in planting up and looking after these beds and we would be so grateful for support to help us to replace these beds.
Also much of our current paths are in need or repair and we need to lay new paths for access onto our new land. Many of our clients are unsteady on their feet and some are wheelchair bound, and therefore having even and clear paths is essential to their ability to take part in horticulture activities and enjoy their experience.
Our clients, their families, carers and teachers gain so many benefits from their time at The Therapy Garden, with evident improvement to their mental and physical well being, and to be able to maintain and improve the garden further would greatly help them. The Therapy Garden would ensure that any support given would be used in the best way possible, and we welcome kind donors to visit the garden and see the work that we do.