Gardening and Wellbeing Service

Taking steps to combat social isolation

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.

To help tackle this, we run a Gardening & Wellbeing Service which promotes social interaction and as active a lifestyle as possible. The service provides a charitable gardening clearance and maintenance support to the elderly and vulnerable in the county.

About the Gardening & Wellbeing Service

Delivered by our Gardening Team Leader with the support of volunteers, the Gardening & Wellbeing Service offers opportunities for people of all ages to volunteer together with vulnerable and 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 involving a group of volunteers or independently on a one-to-one basis with the support of the gardening team.

In addition to supporting individuals, we also work with communities and local groups to carry out community regeneration projects – often in partnership with local authorities, housing associations, schools, and the corporate sector.

How to get involved

For more information on volunteering or if you need gardening support, please contact Karen on 01844 617 231/07821 133408.

The Gardening & Wellbeing Service runs across Buckinghamshire and complements the Handy Helpers scheme and Community Growing Project also provided by Community Impact Bucks.

Become a volunteer

We are in need of more volunteers to help deliver our Gardening & Wellbeing Service across the county.

There are currently 65 households on our waiting list. These include households in: Aylesbury, Aston Clinton, Halton, Wendover, Quainton, Waddesdon, Stewkley, Soulbury, Winslow, Buckingham, Steeple Claydon, New Denham & Higher Denham, Burnham, Flackwell Health, Bourne End, Marlow, Amersham, High Wycombe, Walters Ash, Beaconsfield, Adstock, Long Crendon, Wing, Gerrards Cross and Weston Turville.

If you would like to find out more about the volunteering opportunities and how you can get involved, please contact Karen on 01844 617 231/07821 133408.

Request help

If you need gardening support or know someone who would benefit from the service, please contact Karen on 01844 617 231/07821 133408.

Funded by

Buckinghamshire Council
Garfield Weston Foundation
Fairhive Homes
Peoples Postcode Lottery / Postcode Society Trust
Thomas Hickmans
Anson Charitable Trust
Mobbs Memorial Trust
Image courtesy of St Francis's Children Society