WELLS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL TRUST TO LAUNCH NEW MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMME
Wells Community Hospital Trust and The Nurture Project are launching, in partnership, a new gardening programme supporting adults living with mild to moderate mental ill health in February 2018.
The Nurture Project aims to provide a year-round horticultural therapy outreach programme based at the Wells Community Hospital Trust, whereby supervised gardening can be used to promote adult mental and physical wellbeing in a safe and friendly environment.
Wells Community Hospital Trust offers a wide range of flexible and integrated health and wellbeing services for the community it serves. Its General Manager, Samantha Taylor, says, “I am delighted that Wells Community Hospital Trust is breaking new ground by forming a partnership with locally based practitioners, The Nurture Project. We are very excited at the prospect of using horticultural therapy and gardening through this pilot programme to help facilitate the improvement of health and wellbeing of adults living in Wells-next-the-Sea, and the surrounding communities.”
Carlyn Kilpatrick, founder and coordinator of The Nurture Project says, “It has been a long-held view that horticulture has a meaningful therapeutic value, both on a physical and emotional level. Horticultural Therapy is an innovative and creative approach to helping people living with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety or stress,” She continues, “The new programme will offer the opportunity of small group work in the beautiful gardens at Wells Community Hospital Trust. We will be operating with a recognised outcome model, which will allow our trained therapists to build a set of activities for each group member to improve their particular health needs, and to work on clear therapeutic goals.”
The new pilot programme aims to be operational early in 2018 offering a variety of gardening experiences, as well as indoor horticultural activities. The programme will be accepting applications from December 2017, and prior gardening experience is not a requirement.
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Tel: 01328 711996