Project information

Livability Flourish Project

People’s health and wellbeing improves when they have friends and good support. Livability’s horticultural therapy programme brings people with physical disabilities, mental health and dependency issues to work together and form a community that grows and sells food to the wider community in Dorset.

It is a continuous programme and people are on the programme for six months. We are wanting to raise money so we can keep this essential service going.

Charity information


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  • Need


    Many people in society feel isolated and inclusion in their community is difficult. Disabled people are often the most isolated people in society. In the UK, 3.7 million people living in families where at least one member is disabled, are in relative income poverty. Research shows that making new friends and feeling part of a community has a positive impact on life and health outcomes. That’s why the Flourish programme at our Dorset based wellbeing centre Livability Holton Lee is so important.


    Flourish helps people we support learn new life skills and grow confidence through gardening and time outdoors. Using positive psychology we focus on: Positive emotions, doing an activity which is engaging and absorbing, develop relationships with people, gain a feeling of self-worth through meaning and purpose when they help others, A sense of accomplishment through gardening everyday and the activities they take part in. E.g. when they plant a seed they will be able to see it flourish and grow

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve each participant’s wellbeing, resilience, confidence, self esteem, skills and motivation.


    » Sow seeds in Spring, move them outside, water/net, harvest and then pick and sell them
    » Work in a team through a buddying system allowing them to be able to make friends and learn from one another
    » Conservation: conserving the environment, protecting the heath, plant hedges, drain ditches

    measure and monitor individuals wellbeing at the beginning middle and end of the project. Develop bespoke wellbeing indicators through a peer led approach and have questionaires.

  • Impact


    Success will be a greater range of work experience activities and ensure volunteers have choice and participate in horticulture, conservation, landscaping, small construction projects and grounds maintenance projects. An increase in mindfulness sessions available to volunteers as part of their wellbeing development and be able to offer all volunteers access to sessions each day over the last few months.


    We are seeing an increase in referals for people with dementia and This change will require additional staff training. We are also seeing an increase in individuals presenting with mental health illness some of whom are also experiencing homelessness. Due to this we have created new partnerships with a range of agencies such as The Richmond Fellowship, The Poole prescription service and Prospects. We are also continuing to strengthen our relationship with a local homelessness charity, Roots2.


    We will report through our annual review and share the stories of people on the project on our website, through our newsletter and with a through quarterly email report detailing the on going activities and progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Transport One year travel costs for volunteers to the Holton Lee site
      £1,000 Social events social events that will include BBQs, celebrating birthdays and Christmas party
      £2,000 TVolunteer training Designed and adapt the service to provide a greater range of work experience activities
  • Background


    Holton Lee is set in a 350 acre site that is of special scientific interest. We have an ethos of barrier free access to the outside environment for all.


    young disabled individuals at transition age 18 - 24 years old.
    people suffering from early stages of dementia, mental health problems and people wanting to improve their wellbeing.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Livability exists to tackle barriers in society that often impact disabled and vulnerable people the hardest. We are a national Christian disability charity, providing support to disabled and disadvantaged people.
    Our approach and ethos focuses on individual’s physical and mental health, and supports people to live life to the full. Experienced in rehabilitation and improving wellbeing, particularly supporting adults with mental health and disabilities has already accumulated at Holton Lee.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Emma Browning

    Emma designed and developed the project. Her passion and dedication accounts for the joy and great success of the project.