Free four month gardening programme

May 29, 2024 | Pippa Vincent-Cooke

Life Changers is a free four-month programme run by local charity Thrive, designed for those recovering from a stroke, cancer, surgery or living with long-term conditions like diabetes, MS or Long Covid to experience all the beneficial aspects of gardening from their centre in Beech Hill near Reading.

The programme will run every Tuesday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Recruitment to the programme is on a rolling basis with participants attending for 16 weeks before being signposted to further opportunities.

The aim of this programme is to:

  • Improve energy and reduce depression and anxiety
  • Increase peer-to-peer support within the group
  • Increase confidence and reduce social isolation
  • Promote wellbeing and the health benefits of gardening
  • Give people the skills and knowledge to continue gardening after the programme has finished
  • Provide the participants with the skills and enthusiasm to continue gardening once they have finished their programme

Gardens offer peace and tranquillity, providing individuals with a space to find comfort and support, which can contribute to rehabilitation and recovery. The active practice of gardening and exposure to nature can provide numerous benefits, including improved mental well-being, physical health, and a sense of connection to the environment.

For further information, please visit the Thrive website or call them on 0118 988 4844 

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