Better Together Therapeutic Horticulture
Better together started in January 2019 as a three-year partnership project with two other local charities- Abbey Access and Development Plus. It is funded by the by The National Lottery Community Fund. The project offers pre-employability opportunities to build skills, confidence, and connections for people with mental health conditions. Throughout the project, participants are provided with continuous 1-1 mentoring support from Developmentplus. They are also able to gain cooking and catering skills with Abbey Access, whilst Green Synergy provides participants with therapeutic horticulture sessions two days per week. By using a person-centred approach, we work flexibly with our beneficiaries to meet the goals and needs they identify. This involves recognising and dealing with a wide range of complex issues and using a holistic approach that can enable people to move on and learn to manage their social, physical, and emotional wellbeing. For some of our group the routine and social interaction helps but for others it is the sense of place of the garden that has a positive effect.
Ultimately it is our hope that:
- By using therapeutic gardening activities, we reduce people’s reliance on mental health services through providing an alternative to mainstream health
- We use a person-centred approach focused around gardening which facilitates participants growth, resilience and learning.
- We help improve our participants’ overall mental wellbeing by providing a calm protected space and a supportive environment where they can benefit from the healing properties of nature and the garden
- By providing a sense of belonging and community support clients are encouraged to participate more fully in everyday life
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