Volunteer with Breathing Spaces - or with the Royal Voluntary Service
We welcome individual volunteers and try to find a way that they can use their skills to support us. We have had trainee occupational therapists and horticultural therapists help at the sessions and we are keen to enroll more 'Garden Companions' to be present during the sessions - we will train you. Some supporters have helped with maintaining the gardens or offered other advisory skills. We are very grateful to all of them.
We are especially keen to find volunteers to sign up with the Royal Voluntary Service as volunteer drivers to accompany people to the sessions when they have no other way of getting there. If you can use your own car once a week or more to give someone a lift, please call 01903 851558. RVS will undertake the necessary checks and provide insurance cover and you will be paid some mileage expenses. You are welcome to stay for the session or to go away to do your own thing and then return.
Dementia friendly neighbourhoods
We see our community-based garden clubs as a way of building dementia-friendly comunities at a neighbourhood level. Our key partners in this are the Sidney Walter Centre and the Maybridge Keystone Centre. Increasingly we hope that local people will get involved and support the Garden Clubs in whatever way they can. For example, we hold an open day at least once a year at each garden to which everyone is welcome. Our gardens
Dementia Friendly Communities and Dementia Friends
We participate in the local Dementia Alliance founded by Guild Care, Alzheimer's Society, MIND and West Sussex Carer's Support. One of their initiatives is to encourage people to become Dementia Friends. Why not join in by following these links Dementia Friends Dementia Alliance. For information about resources and services for people with dementia and their carers see Worthing Dementia Action Alliance
Other partners and supporters
Two of our first partners were Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Memory Assessment Service and the Alzheimer's Society who both make referrals to us. We are constantly forming new partnerships which help to integrate people living with dementia in the wider community. For example, we work with We Are FoodPioneers to grow vegetables for them to use in their community cookery sessions in Maybridge. We partner with the Royal Voluntary Service to offer volunteer transport to our clients to and from their homes. We ran a course for people with mental health challenges in partnership with The Recovery College.
We have had generous grants from various organisations:
WSCC funded us to build three therapeutic gardens in Worthing in 2014 (Social Enterprise Fund), to promote our service in 2015 (Prevention and Wellbeing Grant) and to build a yurt with wood burner in one of the gardens in 2016 (Members' Big Society Fund).
Worthing County Local Committee contributed to the costs of the New Tyne Resource Centre garden.
Community First contributed to the Mind and Memory Garden
Worthing Borough Council Greenspaces Fund contributed to the Mind and Memory Garden shed
Allen Lane Foundation has funded us in 2016/17 to run sessions at the community allotment and groups for people with mental health challenges, asylum seekers/refugees and victoms of sexual violence and domestic abuse.
Henry Smith Charity has funded us in 2017/18 to continue the work we started with the funding from the Allen Lane Foundation.
Southern Water have funded some of the community allotment sessions in 2017.
We have also had generous donations of labour, money, discounts or materials from many local people, organisations and businesses:
Tree House Timber
Steve Clayton and Miguel
Summit Civil (now folded)
ISS Facility Services
Creative Coppice Company
Green Wood Creations
Southern Water corporate volunteers
Solar Tunnels, Angmering
Jenny and Brian Leach
Gardner and Scardifield
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.
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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