Meet the Team
Grow for Life horticultural sessions are led by experienced gardeners most of whom have attended Social Therapeutic Horticulture training with Thrive UK. All session leaders and team members are experienced in working with and mentoring vulnerable adults, have attended mental health first aid training and are DBS checked. Grow for Life team members all have excellent interpersonal skills and are renowned for being friendly, welcoming, encouraging and approachable.
Grow for Life 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. Grow for Life was started by Martin Geake and Ted Litchfield in 2015. Martin has had a career in agricultural development and is a keen gardener. Ted runs his own gardening business providing both design and maintenance services. Carey Skelton joined Grow for Life in 2019 and has a certificate in Substance Misuse and Counselling and has worked for several years with people affected by complex mental health issues.
Grow for Life has a small board of trustees. Denise Weikert has many years expertise of working with vulnerable people, encouraging them to move forwards in their lives. She is currently the Life Skills Manager for Genesis Trust in Bath. Phil Blacker is a retired business man who has wide experience of management and finance. Martin Geake, co-founder of Grow for Life, is the Chair of Trustees.