Birmingham children invited to get gardening with Thrive over the summer

14/07/2017

Young people in Birmingham with mild or moderate learning difficulties are being invited to get out and get gardening this summer with garden therapy charity Thrive.

Thrive, which is based in King’s Heath Park, is offering a summer gardening club for children and young people with mild to moderate learning or physical disabilities. 

Thrive has been awarded a three-year grant of £11,243 by Children in Need to provide a gardening holiday club throughout August for children aged between seven and 15. 

There will be two clubs, one for a younger age range, between seven and 11, and another for secondary school aged children up to 15.

Led by Thrive horticultural therapists, the holiday club will use fun and interactive gardening activities, which incorporate the principles of Social and Therapeutic horticulture to support and inspire the children and young people.  

Through the holiday scheme, the project aims to improve the young people's emotional and physical wellbeing whilst raising their self-confidence.
 
Alex Wakefield, Head of Operations at Thrive said of the funding allocation: "We are delighted to have been awarded this funding from BBC Children in Need, we know the therapeutic benefits of gardening really can go on to make a difference to young lives, and are so grateful to BBC Children in Need for their support."

Amanda Fields who will manage the project in Birmingham, said: "We hope parents and carers of young people in the area will take up the chance to come and garden with us during the summer. 

"Young people with a mild or moderate disability can often become isolated during the long summer break and we hope these clubs will see new friendships blossom, help reduce feeling of isolation, offer a chance to learn fun, new skills and the chance to take part in meaningful activity outside in the fresh air. 

"It can offer respite for parents and carers as we have trained therapists to lead the sessions, supported by volunteers."

Thrive makes a small charge of £5 per session, and everything that is made or grown can be taken home. Refreshments are also provided. The club starts on Tuesday August 2nd.

If you or someone you know is interested in coming along, please phone 0121 293 4531 during office hours or email birmingham@thrive.org.uk