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 is known as social and therapeutic horticulture (STH).
We use the process of plants and gardening to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills. STH also uses the garden as a safe and secure place to develop someone’s ability to mix socially, make friends, and learn practical skills that will help them to be more independent.
We work with a wide range of people… people who have injuries from accidents; people with learning impairment; people with mental illness; people with physical impairment such as sight or hearing loss; people with age-related conditions such as dementia, heart problems, diabetes or stroke; young people who have social, emotional or behavioural difficulties; and people who have ill health after leaving the armed forces.
We run therapeutic programmes at our garden sites in London, Reading, Birmingham and Gateshead. Each year we receive almost 3,000 enquiries by phone (tel. 0118 988 5688) and e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) from individuals seeking advice and information about gardening with a disability and from professionals working in STH. We also have a special website that gives lots of information about how anyone can continue gardening at home: www.carryongardening.org.uk