Gardening

Growing Together : Horticulture and Wellbeing Project

Many elderly people are at risk of social isolation and loneliness. As their physical health starts to restrict their involvement in social and recreational activities they begin to withdraw from the outside world. This can lead to deterioration in their mental health and wellbeing.

Our service 'Growing Together' runs throughout Buckinghamshire and promotes as active a lifestyle as possible so that a longer life is still a healthy life.

We use horticulture as a tool to reduce loneliness and isolation. See our leaflet here.

How does the service work ?

The growing together : horticulture and wellbeing project is delivered by volunteers. We offer volunteering opportunities for people of all ages to work together with socially isolated participants in activities such as maintaining their own garden or growing fruit, vegetables and plants. This can be part of a supervised team that supports multiple participants or for the same participant on a one-to -one basis.Our volunteers value the opportunity to be more active, meet new people, have fun, and make a difference to someones life. Our volunteers come from many different walks of life representing a broad cross section of ages, gender and ethnicity.

We also provide low cost garden clearance and maintenance services. In addition to supporting individuals we also engage with communities and local groups; to carry out Community Regeneration projects. We also work in partnership with local authorities, housing associations, schools and the corporate sector.

Take a look at some of the before and after case studies and quotes from those receiving the service and our volunteers.

Joan's story

Back garden before work started Back garden after two visits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further information

If you want further information on the growing together project, for example if you want to volunteer or want to enquire about receiving the service please contact our gardening team or telephone Leona on 01844 348832.