We provide training, voluntary and work-related opportunities in landscaping, ground maintenance and horticulture to people who have experienced mental health issues. It is widely accepted that work can play a vital role in recovery for many people with mental health needs. Our projects support people to achieve their potential by improving their social skills, confidence, independence and through meaningful volunteering and training, their employability.
Using gardening tasks and our gardens and greenhouses, our horticulturalists build a set of activities for each trainee 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:
- Better physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility
- Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement
- The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion
- Acquiring new skills to improve the chances of finding employment
- Just feeling better for being outside, in touch with nature and in the 'great outdoors'
Get in touch with us if you are interested in learning more about training.