Training

Training course

With 40 years' experience, Thrive are experts at training individuals and organisations to use social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) to help others.

We have a wide range of opportunities available, from introductory workshops to our Award in STH Programme Development, and are confident that we can help find the best possible course, or combination of courses, for you.  We also offer an expanding range of online courses.

For a list of current courses and workshops and for online bookings, please follow the links at the bottom of this page.

To ensure you get the most from our training programme, or for careers advice, call 0118 988 5688 or email training@thrive.org.uk and speak to a friendly member of our team today.

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Introduction to Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practice
An introduction to STH Practice.  Explore the different garden types and how they can be a source of activity and occupation appropriate to individual development and recovery.


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Using Social and Therapeutic Horticulture to benefit people with mental health support needs

This 2 day course will demonstrate how social and therapeutic horticulture can help people who have mental health support needs. Find out how to use the discipline to help clients with their rehabilitation, recovery, social inclusion, training and employment.

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Using Social and Therapeutic Horticulture to benefit people with learning disabilities

Provides information, skills, techniques and confidence in using social and therapeutic horticulture to address healthy living, occupational deficiency and transition pathways for people with learning disabilities.

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Using Social and Therapeutic Horticulture to help older people with specific support needs

This two day course will give you the knowledge to use STH to improve older people's quality of life. Rehabilitation and recovery are a focus, as is how to work with people who have early-stage dementia, helping stroke survivors and those living with heart disease.

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Using Social and Therapeutic Horticulture with Children and Young People

Learn to use therapeutic horticulture for engagement and well-being with children and young people in a variety of different settings. Promote healthy living, self-esteem and confidence through programmes that address individual and group needs.

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A Therapeutic Approach to Gardening in Schools with Children and Young People with SEND
This course provides information, skills and practical techniques that enable you to match horticultural activities to the national curriculum and develop an extracurricular therapeutic programme.

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Outcome Measurements and quality standards - demonstrate your impact

Learn about the use of outcome measurements and quality standards. Monitoring progress effectively and demonstrate the value of the service you provide to other stakeholders including funders.  



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Setting up a Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Project

For professional and managers who wish to share the health benefits of therapeutic gardening with others by setting up a social and therapeutic horticultural project

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Understanding Disability in Garden Design

This one-day course disseminates key messages from the fields of STH and Green Care in how to create actively therapeutic green spaces for disability groups.

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Adapted Horticulture for Easy Gardening
This practical course will go through all the common gardening tasks and provide examples of how they can be adapted to suit different needs.


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Green Care and Belonging
This course will explore the processes involved in supporting the development of belonging and will explore the balance between belonging and dependence, and provide a reasoning process to ensure this balance is supportive of individuals autonomy, agency and independence.


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Green Care and Independence
This course will explore how within green care projects we can focus on programmes to do this effectively, understanding where people are starting this journey and ensuring the project is graded to ensure a smooth progression towards independent living.


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Green Care and Rehabilitation
This course will explore how understanding of garden design, seasonality, grading and adaptation can be used to support rehabilitation from a range of accidents and illnesses where physical, sensorial and cognitive abiilities need to be redeveloped in order to support an individual back to independence and health.

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Connecting people with Dementia to nature and gardens
This one day course will explore how we can utilise the evidence base to ensure people living with dementia have the opportunity to interact and engage with gardens and other green environments.


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Building resilience using nature
This one day course will explore how we can use nature based interventions and health promotional activities to develop people's resilience.


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Online Courses
We now offer online courses and workshops in STH and Horticulture for Health

Visit https://thrivelearn.org.uk to register and take a course.


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CPD and Networking Event

Join experts and fellow Social and Therapeutic Horticulture professionals for our annual CPD and networking event at Thrive's National Office and Trunkwell Gardens near Reading.



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