Laura Spicer, daughter, says:
"Mum really benefited from her weekly visits to Breathing Spaces. She was
diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2009, and although she is physically very
able, her short term memory has gone. It is very much about her enjoying
the moment. She used to be a keen gardener, but has now 'forgotten' how to
do simple gardening tasks on her own, and when I had tried to get her to
help me in our own garden, she was easily distracted and tended to down
tools and wander off back into the house after a few minutes. Amazingly,
after a few visits to Breathing Spaces, Claire and Lisa managed to get Mum
helping them in the garden at the Maybridge Centre and she did so with
enthusiasm and much enjoyment. This provided a much-needed break for me to
get a few things done, have some time out from caring and return to find Mum
relaxed and happy. It was good to see her with a 'purpose' and feeling that
she was being helpful.
I truly admire Claire and Lisa for their warm, caring
nature, both are very patient, kind, calm with wonderful positive energy
that seems to rub off on everybody attending their sessions.
Unfortunately, Mum had to move into permanent residential care as it proved
impossible to keep her safe, so she no longer attends Breathing Spaces. I
would absolutely recommend this group and think that Claire and Lisa work
Margery came to our sessions at the Maybridge Keystone Centre for seven months. When she started with us, the weekly sessions were 1-hour duration and often indoors and then became 3 hours outdoors.
How was gardening therapy beneficial to Margery during the seven months we worked with her?
To summarise, the beneficial outcomes whilst Margery attended the sessions were:
Tony came to our weekly sessions at the Maybridge Keystone Centre for over a year but went into residential care when his carer became ill.
How did gardening therapy make a difference to how Tony was able to live with dementia?
To summarise, the beneficial outcomes for Tony were:
We ran an 8 week course on Mindful Gardening for people with mental health challenges in 2016.
40% of the participants who completed feedback forms said they felt they had made significant progress in their recovery, 20% had made good progress, 20% some progress and 20% were not sure. No one said they had made little or no progress.
"This has been far more helpful than I could ever have thought for my mental health."
"Great course for anxiety, stress and depression."
"Feel less alone/isolated."
Several of the participants continue to garden with us at the community allotment.
We invite you to attend your first Garden Club session with no obligation. If you like it and want more, you can then sign up and pay for a programme that includes the trial session.
Tel: 07508 178590 Claire
Tel: 07827 924151 Lisa
You can also use our contact form.
We are delighted to be
participating in the Accelerator Programme of the Spark Social Enterprise project, supported by the Interreg 2 Seas Programme. Visit sparksocialenterprise.eu
for more information on the Spark project
We are also delighted to have been awarded funds from Tesco Bags of Help to start a Garden Club at New Tyne Resource Centre for people with dementia - see here
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We are based in Worthing, West Sussex. We run two Garden Clubs in the community and a Community Allotment - addresses are on the home page.
Breathing Spaces Garden Therapy
Community Interest Company
(limited by guarantee)
Company Number 8825167
c/o Andrew M Wells Accountancy
99 Western Road
Lewes BN7 1RS