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Thrive Battersea Garden Project

Thrive is the leading charity in the UK using gardening to change the lives of disabled people. We offer various opportunities from formal structured training programmes to general sessions offering occupational and social therapies within garden settings.

Our therapists work with disabled Londoners in three gardens in Battersea Park and through community based outreach projects.

Thrive helps people with all kinds of disabilities, including:

  • Mental ill health
  • Stroke/heart disease
  • Visual impairment
  • Dementia
  • Learning disabilities
  • Older people
  • Young people with special needs
  • Veterans

Thrive have three programmes which are specifically designed to develop work and volunteer skills in Battersea and other areas of London. They are:

  • Working it Out - Vocational training and support to enable unemployed disabled Londoners to overcome their barriers to employment and access job opportunities in London's parks, gardening or horticulture.
  • Spice it up! - This is a gardening programme designed to enable disabled Londoners to develop the skills they need to grow, display and sell culinary, medicinal and therapeutic herbs and spices.
  • Grow & Learn – Working with young people living with learning difficulties or complex needs.  We are currently running projects with Highshore and Oak Lodge School.
  • General Therapeutic – Programme designed for individuals of varying needs. We work with the individuals, their carers and/or support staff to devise goals to help individuals progress and/or recover.  We undertake a wide variety of tasks within the garden; sowing seeds, potting on, planting out. 

Our programmes are open to anyone over the age of 18, you are also able to self refer.

Once a month we hold a volunteer Sunday day, this is an opportunity to help maintain our wonderful gardens in Battersea Park with your friends and family.

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Who to contact

Contact Name
Ellen Swygart
020 7720 2212
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Where to go

Battersea Park
Albert Bridge Road
SW11 4NJ

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Our programmes are open to anyone over the age of 18, you are also able to self refer.


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