Grow for Life gardening sessions provide a gentle therapeutic intervention for low confidence, depression, anxiety or isolation.
Gardening sessions take place in designated garden sites in or around Bath.
Many of our gardening sessions now take place at Grow for Life's very own Walled Garden in Newton St Loe which you can read more about here.
We run our regular greenhouse horticultural sessions in central Bath at Royal Victoria Parks Nurseries in partnership with Grow Yourself, a local social enterprise, and Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) Parks Department.
We also run sessions in private gardens, supporting individuals who welcome or require help in maintaining their garden. In addition Grow for Life has a small number of gardening sites in the grounds of local care homes where teams work to maintain areas of the garden.
Grow for Life provides a safe, welcoming and informal environment for trainees to connect with other people, grow in confidence and learn a new skill.
The gardening sessions result in increased confidence and self-esteem, as well as having a positive impact on mental health and general wellbeing.
The sessions also provide an opportunity to practice and improve social and communication skills. In addition, the programme has a significant role in restoring motivation, a sense of purpose and a feeling of belonging.
Grow for Life sessions often act as a stepping stone from which trainees progress onto additional volunteering, work experience, study, paid work or other meaningful activity. Trainees progress into a range of sectors with some choosing to pursue horticultural opportunities whilst others pursue different areas of interest.
Where trainees are keen to secure more work-focused gardening experience or gardening work, Grow for Life supports them to find relevant and suitable opportunities.
Grow for Life was started by Martin Geake and Ted Litchfield in 2015. The charity was founded on Christian principles and values which remain at the heart of the organisation’s ethos.
However Grow for Life welcomes trainees from all faiths and no faith backgrounds.