Growing Together

A Practice Guide to Promoting Social Inclusion through Gardening and Horticulture

Joe Sempik, Jo Aldridge, and Saul Becker

Growing Together
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Joe Sempik, Jo Aldridge, and Saul Becker

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

72 pages
Paper $35.95 ISBN: 9781861347268 Published May 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Horticulture and gardening activity is used as a therapy in the UK for growing numbers of vulnerable people, including those with mental health problems, learning difficulties and other health and social problems. However, until now little published work has focused on how horticulture and gardening can help to promote social inclusion for these vulnerable groups. This guide looks at the ways in which social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) projects can help foster independence, build self esteem and confidence and provide training and employment opportunities for people with health or social problems.This guide will be useful for anyone thinking about setting up STH services for vulnerable groups or for those already providing STH support but who want to understand further the nature and extent of provision currently available in the UK.The Growing Together project is a partnership between Loughborough University and Thrive and has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund. This guide complements a research study, Health, well-being and social inclusion: Therapeutic horticulture in the UK, which is also available from The Policy Press.
      Jessica Davies, Manager, Sheltered Work Opportunities Project

1. Introduction
2. Activities and opportunities
3. Managing the project
4. Communication
5. Conclusion

Appendix A: Getting started: a checklist for anyone considering starting a new project
Appendix B: A bibliography of textbooks and useful publications for STH projects
Appendix C: Contact details of useful organisations
Appendix D: Risk assessment
Appendix E: CRB disclosure certificates
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