Thrive - The Society for Horticultural Therapy

Thrive - The Society for Horticultural Therapy

Charity information

Thrive - The Society for Horticultural Therapy

Thrive is the leading charity in the UK that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who are living with disabilities or ill health, or are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. This process is known as social and therapeutic horticulture

Founded 1978

  • Mission statement

    Using our passion for the power of gardening to change the lives of people touched by a disability, Thrive will:

    - teach practical and creative ways to use gardening
    - learn more about how gardening helps people
    - talk about what we do and how we help using gardening
    - work with individuals and organisations

    We help people who want to garden at home, on an allotment, in a community setting or who may to access our own structured horticultural therapy programs, currently available in Reading, Battersea, Gateshead and Birmingham.

    A research program underpins Thrive’s work to provide evidence and improve understanding.

    Gardening can help individuals accomplish many things. It can help rebuild a person’s strength after an accident or illness, and can provide a purposeful activity for someone coping with a difficult period in their life. It can lift moods and help people to connect with others, reducing isolation by forming friendships and improve communications skills.

    People can learn new things, gain qualifications in horticulture and improve skills such as initiative, co-operation, patience, concentration as well as numeracy and literacy skills.

    Gardens provide restorative environments and getting outside promotes recovery from stress and helps restore the ability to focus attention.

  • Aims

    Thrive - The Society for Horticultural Therapy aims to:

    • Using gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who are living with disabilities or ill health, or are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.
    • Improve the skills and knowledge of disabled people so they can benefit from gardening.
    • Improve the skills and knowledge of health and education professionals in the use of gardening and Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.
    • Increase the range and quality of evidence related to Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.
    • Promote the benefits of gardening for disabled people.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1978

    Registered Charity Number: 277570

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 23

    Part time staff: 29

    Volunteers: 150

    Phone number: 0118 988 5688

    Address: Thrive,The Geoffrey Udall Centre Beech Hill Reading Berkshire RG7 2AT

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