If you have a question about Thrive's training, this is the place for you!

1. Can you provide me with a concise overview of your Training Programme?

Yes, please visit our Courses and workshops page which has details of all the training courses we offer.

2. Can you help me understand more about the specific content of a course or workshop?

Yes, please contact a member of our team by contacting us and we will be delighted to talk you through the content of our courses.

3. Is the course I am interested in right for me?

If you have any questions about a course, please contact our team. If you are happy to tell us a little bit about your background and your aspirations, we will do our best to suggest a course that is right for you.

4. Do I have to complete an introductory workshop before coming on one of your specialist knowledge courses?

No. For many people, particularly those who are new to social and therapeutic horticulture, our Step into STH workshops provide an excellent introduction to the history, theory and practice of horticultural therapy. However, you do not need to begin your training with an introductory workshop. Some people, especially those with experience in health and social care, will find our specialist knowledge or undergraduate courses to be a more valuable starting point.

5. Do you offer any online courses?

Yes. We offer online courses and training. More details can be found on our Courses and workshops page.

6. I live outside of the UK, is it still possible for me to attend your courses?

Yes. We have welcomed people from Australia, Nigeria, the USA and across Europe onto our courses. Thrive has an excellent international reputation and our courses are highly regarded in many parts of the world.

7. Can you help me find accommodation?

Yes. Although we do not recommend any particular hotels, B&Bs or guesthouses, we can often help you to find accommodation near to our training venues. Please contact us to find out more

8. Is there any funding available for me to attend your training programme?

Because Social and Therapeutic Horticulture is an emerging profession, finding funding for training courses can be a challenge. It is often best to begin by searching for bursaries and grants in your local area or region of the UK. There is also a list of possible funding opportunities on our Training bursary and grant opportunities page.

If you know of, or are a member of an organisation or service that can assist people to access training in social and therapeutic horticulture, please contact us at training@thrive.org.uk

9. Do you offer any discounts on your courses?

Yes. We offer a two-tiered pricing structure on all of our courses including our Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. This allows individuals and members of charitable organisations to access most of our courses at significantly reduced prices.

In addition to this, we offer occasional discounts to promote new courses or on courses that are likely to run with either very small or very high numbers. Details of this can often be found in our quarterly Training and Education Newsletter or on our website

10. Do you offer any discounts for organisations who are booking more than one place on a course or workshop?

Yes. We can often offer discounts to organisations who would like to book 3 or more places on any of our courses. To find out more, please contact us.

11. Can you provide tailored training for my organisation at our own premises?

Yes. To find out more, please visit our Bespoke training page.

12. Do you provide a consultancy service?

Yes. To find out more, please visit our Consultancy services page.

13. I am looking for evidence and research specifically related to social and therapeutic horticulture. Can you help?

Yes. We have many years' experience researching the benefits of horticulture for health and well-being, particularly amongst people who are isolated, vulnerable or living with a disability. To find out more, please visit our Research page. If you have a specific request, please contact us.

14. I hear you have a library, can I visit?

Yes. We have a library of resources and current and previous research studies located at our National Office and Trunkwell Garden Project near Reading. The library is free to members of Thrive. For others, we request a small donation be made. To find out more and to request a visit to our library, please contact us.

15. Can a member of your education team speak at a conference or symposium I am organising?

Yes. Each year we receive requests for members of our team to attend conferences and research groups on a number of topics. We try our very best to participate wherever possible.

Because we are a charity, we almost always require our costs to be covered and this can include preparation time and time outside of the office. To find out more, or to make a request, please contact us.

16. I would like to visit your gardens to see what you do or for the purpose of research. Is this possible?

Our garden projects in London and Birmingham involve areas of garden and parkland that are open to the public. In Battersea Park, for instance, you will see our therapists and clients working in the Herb Garden and the Old English Garden. Our Main Garden in Battersea Park has a plant sales area and is open for visitors.

Our Trunkwell Garden Project is one of the premier examples of therapeutic green spaces anywhere in the UK and contains our Garden Gallery. Due to the nature of the site and the client groups who access the project, Trunkwell is only open to the public on open days. However, garden tours can be organised for individuals or groups for a suggested donation. To find out more, please contact us.

In a very small number of cases, we have been also able to offer student placements from a day to a month at our garden projects alongside one or more of our courses. Please email training@thrive.org.uk to find out more or to make a request.

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