Currently we deliver social farming placements for participants with learning disabilities for 3 days per week and for mental health clients on 1 day per week.
We provide educational gardening programmes to children from 16 local schools with the aim of improving physical and mental health as well as promoting healthy eating, local biodiversity and environmental awareness.
Social and therapeutic horticulture is the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills.
Gardening is a wonderfully flexible medium that can transform lives and Thrive sees first-hand how gardening can help everyone, regardless of age or disability.
Social and therapeutic horticulture uses the garden as a safe and secure place to develop someone's ability to mix socially, make friends and learn practical skills that will help them to be more independent.
Using gardening tasks and the garden itself, Thrive's horticultural therapists build a set of activities for each gardener to improve their particular health needs and to work on certain goals they want to achieve.
The benefits of a sustained and active interest in gardening include: