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Thrive is delivering a new therapeutic horticulture programme to help deafblind people and others with complex needs in Birmingham.

Fourteen weekly STH sessions for up to eight people are being delivered at Sense’s TouchBase Pears centre in Selly Oak, a multi-purpose site that operates as a social enterprise.

Alex Bailey, Thrive Birmingham Client Services Manager, said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity to engage and immerse people in a Social and Therapeutic Horticulture programme and all its health and life skill benefits.

‘We’ll be doing seasonal seed sowing, developing plots and offering tasks that will give a multi-sensory experience, as well as being fun.’

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The site is set to be re-designed by Thrive Ambassador Mark Lane

Garden designer and Thrive Ambassador Mark Lane is helping the centre re-design its outdoor space to make it more usable and accessible for clients throughout the year.

Sense’s TouchBase approach is about ensuring that people with complex disabilities are not left isolated but are supported, able to express themselves and fulfil their potential.

The Birmingham centre brings health and social care services together to help disabled people and the wider community access job, volunteering and training opportunities. Arts, sports and wellbeing activities also take place.

Therapeutic horticulture in the heart of the Midlands

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