The Food Partnership runs therapeutic gardening activities in a range of spaces, including their community gardens in Preston Park and Saunders Park (near Lewes Road, East Brighton) and the Garden House off Ditchling Road. The drop-in group at Saunders Park is used by a wide range of vulnerable adults and local residents.
Gardening groups for older people and those living with dementia use nature and the growing of plants to create meaningful social interactions for those who may be experiencing social isolation. Some courses are more focused on learning key food growing skills, while the dementia programme includes gentler activities to stimulate conversation and connection between volunteers and participants.
All programmes have in-built flexibility to accommodate both the individual’s and the group’s needs. Example activities include: seed saving and sowing, transplanting seedlings and harvesting flowers, fruit and vegetables. Sessions are relaxed and informal to create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere.
Type of activities:
Food growing / Cookery / Creative and arts
Specialist client experience:
Older people and those living with dementia.
“Coming here makes my day, you people are so kind to me and this is the garden of my dreams.”
– Dementia friendly gardening participant –
Various outdoor locations, including home garden visits, Preston Park community garden, Saunders Park edible garden and the Garden House on Ditchling Road.
Public transport and parking:
Various buses run to our main sites, see buses.co.uk
Yes (Saunders Park only)
Wednesdays and Thursdays
Toilet available at all sites. Indoor space is available at the Garden House and wheelchair access available at Preston Park. Refreshments are provided at every session.
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