Life Changers is a programme for those living with life-changing health conditions or injuries, enabling them to experience the joy of gardening at Thrive in Kings Heath Park, Birmingham.
The aims of the Life Changers programme are to:
Progress of the programme is evaluated via the following:
Feedback from the client gardeners has been incredible…We’ve planted bulbs, taken rosemary cuttings and sown herb and broad beans seeds in pots. There’s been lots of learning and laughter and even time for a nice chat over drinks and biscuits.Rachel, Thrive Life Changers Practitioner
Outcomes - based on previous programmes:
Life Changers helped me socially and emotionally. It helped get me out of the house and meet people. It also helped me appreciate flowers and trees and made me want to learn more about gardening.LIfe Changers programme participant
T first came to Thrive after being referred by Headway, due to a brain injury she experienced after a series of serious epileptic seizures. During lockdown she spent her time making embroidered doilies and taking part in ‘Zoom’ sessions to keep busy, but she still felt lonely, isolated and lost her confidence. She also started to forget things.
Sessions at Thrive are tailored to suit individual needs, and T’s time at Thrive has helped to stimulate her brain, alongside providing that all important social interaction. Find out more about T's story here.