Updated 14th September 2020
Client programmes and centres
Therapeutic horticulture programmes are resuming at Thrive and we are welcoming back client gardeners to our regional centres.
The phased return of client gardeners is unaffected by new Government measures to suppress Covid-19 that came into force from Monday 14th September. (Find the latest on local lockdown measures in Birmingham here.)
Thrive’s activities will be exempt from these new restrictions which do not apply to places of work and charitable settings, as well as to those providing support for vulnerable people.
Extensive safety measures have been taken at all Thrive centres to enable the resumption of services for clients in recent weeks.
As well as clear guidelines on maintaining social distancing across our sites, staggered session start times and changes to the use of communal areas, extra cleaning and hygiene regimes have been introduced.
Detailed risk assessments have been carried out with all clients at our centres in Birmingham, London and near Reading before their return to Thrive, and groups working in our gardens are now smaller than pre-Covid-19.
Kathryn Rossiter, Thrive’s CEO, said: “We have introduced comprehensive measures to keep client gardeners, volunteers and staff safe at Thrive, as we undertake a phased approach to resuming our therapeutic gardening programmes. We continue to adhere to Government regulations and remain vigilant.”
We are incredibly grateful to the support of our volunteer garden teams who have kept things under control during the past few months and for the patience shown by all our clients, volunteers and staff during this long period of closure. We have received many enquiries from potential new client gardeners and would encourage anyone interested in joining a social and therapeutic horticulture programme with Thrive to contact us via email@example.com.
Please note we are experiencing a high volume of interest to volunteer at our 3 centres and are currently unable to recruit new volunteers. We encourage those wishing to volunteer with us to register their interest.
If you are an existing volunteer, we'll be in touch with you directly to make arrangements for your return or to work remotely where appropriate.
Training and Education
We have postponed face-to-face social and therapeutic horticulture training courses until January 2021, with refunds or alternative dates being available for those who have paid to attend forthcoming courses. Anyone with training enquiries should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, we have a range of exciting and engaging online courses for you to access on our Thrive Learn website .
We have also developed a blended course 'Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practice' - a completely new online resource from our Training Team. Held over two weeks, it will help you understand how to use Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) with different client groups and is suitable for people new to STH or those who are familiar with it.