Gardening & Befriending

In line with government guidance and following a rigorous risk assessment process we have cautiously resumed our Gardening service. For more information contact:

Many elderly people are at risk of social isolation and loneliness. As their physical health starts to restrict their involvement in social and recreational activities they can begin to withdraw from the outside world. This can lead to deterioration in their mental health and wellbeing. Our service ‘Growing Together’ runs throughout Buckinghamshire and promotes as active a lifestyle as possible so that a longer life can be a healthy life.

The ‘Growing Together’ horticulture and wellbeing project is delivered by volunteers. We offer volunteering opportunities for people of all ages to work together with socially isolated participants in activities such as maintaining their own garden or growing fruit, vegetables and plants. This can be part of a supervised team that supports multiple participants or for the same participant on a one-to-one basis. Our volunteers value the opportunity to be more active, meet new people, have fun, and make a difference to someone’s life. Our volunteers come from many different walks of life representing a broad cross section of ages, gender and ethnicity.

We also provide low cost garden clearance and maintenance services. In addition to supporting individuals we also work with communities and local groups to carry out community regeneration projects. We also work in partnership with local authorities, housing associations, schools and the corporate sector.

Please be aware that our services are very popular so we are not able to take on new clients straight away.

NOTE – September 2019 – Due to the high demand for our gardening/befriending service we regret that we are no longer able to accept new clients for the time being. This page will be updated if this position changes.

Image courtesy of St Francis's Children Society