Horticultural therapy programmes - in the community and for care home residents
We run Garden Clubs in the community with programmes of garden-related activities to meet specific social and therapeutic goals. We make an initial and ongoing assessments so that we can monitor the impact. Gardening in small groups can stimulate thinking skills, boost self-esteem and keep people socially active, which is especially important for older people and in the early stages of living with dementia. Tasks can be adapted for different abilities, interests, mobility, strength, memory, personal history and wellness and include seed sowing, potting on, propagating, planting, watering, harvesting, pruning, weeding, digging, mowing, sweeping leaves, even basic carpentry etc.
"I like the social apsect of the club and together with my enjoyment of gardening I look forward to every Friday." Peter Lovelace
Gardening therapy has benefits for people at any stage of dementia. There is evidence that meaningful, structured, individualised activities can reduce depression, frustration, aggression and the tendency to 'wander'. We can continually adapt the activities we do. We run sessions in a number of care homes for people with more advanced dementia and nursing needs, and some care homes bring their residents to our gardens. We focus on providing sensory, enjoyable experiences for people at later stages.
"These sessions always expand my mind and make me remember things about my childhood." Dorothy Daniels
We currently take referrals from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Memory Assessment Service, Alzheimer's Society, Adur and Worthing Councils' 'Going Local' and other agencies as well as self-referrals - just ring us to discuss, or you can tell your GP about us and ask them to make a referral.
Therapeutic garden design
We specialise in gardens for older people, including people living with dementia. What's special about our gardens? We like to incorporate 5 key design elements:
We have designed two gardens in the community, as well as gardens in care homes.
"(Claire and Lisa) have been professional throughout the project. We are looking forward to seeing the garden in full bloom." Luci Spears, Windsor Road Care Home
See more about the gardens in the project gallery.
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