Vote for Thrive in Aviva Community Fund


Two gardening projects run by Thrive need your votes win up to £25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund.

Every person has a total of ten votes to cast. Details and links for both projects are shown below.

At Thrive in Beech Hill we help more than 100 people each week who range in age from 14 to 90. Thrive client gardeners may have learning disabilities, mental health needs including dementia, a physical disability or a sensory disability such as visual or hearing impairment.

Similarly in Battersea, we work with more than 80 people over the age of 18 using gardening as a wonderfully flexible medium that can transform lives.

Social and therapeutic horticulture is the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills. It also enables us to use the garden as a safe and secure place to develop someone's ability to mix socially, make friends and learn practical skills that will help them to be more independent.

Using gardening tasks and the garden itself, Thrive’s horticultural therapists build a set of activities for each gardener to improve their particular health needs, and to work on certain goals they want to achieve.

Lying beyond the walled garden in Beech Hill is the allotment which is used to grow a range of fruit and vegetables. However, the allotment and composting area is on a steep gradient making access extremely difficult and in some cases impossible for some gardeners.

The funding would allow Thrive to build a fully accessible pathway to the allotment plot and level our compost areas meaning many more of our gardeners can access and gain the benefits of this wonderful space.

In Battersea the money would go towards supporting the 'Gardening for Good Health’ programme which enables Londoners living with life-changing health conditions to experience the joy of gardening and increase the confidence to regain or maintain an active, healthy and independent life.

The funding will enable four 12-week programmes to take place over one year, with each supporting 8 client gardeners. At the end of each programme client gardeners are offered the opportunity to provide voluntary support for subsequent programmes and signposting to other community gardens.

Please take a few minutes to register with Aviva (they just need your name and email) and then cast your ten votes.


Voting closes on Friday November 18th.