Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (Gardening)
We run weekly Social and Therapeutic Horticulture sessions, using nature-based activities to improve people’s wellbeing.
Participants are referred by health and social care professionals and community organisations, and take part in gardening, bee-keeping, landscaping and maintenance, cooking, crafts, trips and courses.
As well as helping people to improve their wellbeing, develop confidence and learn new skills, Social and Therapeutic Horticulture sessions provide an opportunity to meet others in a safe, supportive environment.
People are supported to develop personal goals and we have seen participants progress to become mentors, lead gardening sessions, and develop their own skill-sharing projects – most recently, sharing their knowledge and the positive effects of gardening with groups of disabled and older people, and school pupils in the local community.
During the school holidays we welcome the children of our volunteers and organise fun and educational activities for all ages.
Please check out our Journal for our most recent articles about gardening.
How to Join
***Please note that during the COVID-19 Crisis, our Gardening sessions have been suspended. Please refer to our Support During COVID-19 or get in touch for further information.***
Please note that a Referral is required to join our Social and Therapeutic Horticulture sessions.
Referrals can come from a GP or other health professional, a social or housing support officer, a solicitor, someone from a charity or community group, a church, a mosque or other organisations.
If you’d like to find out more about how referrals work, feel free to get in touch.
Making a Referral
If you’d like to refer someone to The Comfrey Project, please get in touch to request a referral form.
If we’re not able to accommodate new volunteers, we will be able to discuss what alternative support we can offer, and agree on the best course of action for each individual.