Thrive help people across the UK with a range of self-help guidance through its web sites www.thrive.org.uk and www.carryongardening.org.uk and in person at its three centres in London, Reading and Birmingham, where more than 1,400 people each year engage in gardening therapy sessions tailored to their needs.
Gardening is such a wonderfully flexible medium, neither age nor level of disability are a barrier to the benefits it can bring.
Social and therapeutic horticulture is proven to help people with a wide range of conditions including:
- Recovery from stroke and heart disease
- Being blind or partially sighted
- Mental ill health
- Early stages of dementia
- Physical and learning disabilities
It can be part of a person’s rehabilitation process, to help them recover and 'find their feet again' after an illness or a difficult time in their lives.
It can help people learn new skills and potentially gain employment. It can also help slow down the deterioration seen when someone has a degenerative illness.
Or it can simply help you and others at home when the going gets a bit harder, with tips on how to manage gardening tasks with a whole range of disabilities.