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Let’s Grow Together – Online Therapeutic Community Gardening Course

Therapeutic gardening course banner: Applications now open

Applications for our 2023 Let’s Grow Together therapeutic gardening course are now open!

Are you considering starting your own therapeutic or community gardening project, but are not sure where to begin? Or have you already got a location or operating garden, but would like support in taking it to the next level?

With over two decades of experience in developing therapeutic gardening projects at our Growing Together gardens, Trust Links is offering a unique 6-month blended learning course, ‘Let’s Grow Together: Developing a Therapeutic Community Gardening Project’.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about making a difference to people’s lives and improving mental health services in their local area to join our next course, starting in January 2023.

“I’ve learnt so much from the course, across all the topic areas we have covered. As well as growing in learning and confidence as a new project lead, I’ve really benefitted not just from the wisdom and experience of members of the Trust Links team and other members of the cohort – but also from their cheerleading and moral support. ” – Previous course attendee

Trust Links Thundersley therapeutic gardenThe course at a glance

  • 1-hour online introduction session (compulsory)
  • 6 x monthly 2-hour online learning sessions (compulsory) including:
    • Garden design and therapeutic horticulture
    • Sustainable funding
    • Staff, volunteer and member management
    • Behind the scenes
    • Sustainability and biodiversity
    • Evaluating impact and building partnerships
  • Up to two 60-minute 1:1 coaching and support sessions with an experienced member of the Trust Links team (optional)
  • 2-days of work experience at our Growing Together Gardens in Essex (optional)

Those participating in the course will receive copies of all learning materials, access to a comprehensive manual on how to set-up a therapeutic garden, and an invitation to join our Let’s Grow Together network.

The core part of the course will run from January to June 2023, with one learning session per month. All sessions will take place within the working day (09:00-16:30); the exact dates and times of these sessions will be decided in consultation with the course participants. Work experience can be taken in the first two weeks of July.

For further information, please download the Course Overview by clicking here: Let’s Grow Together Course Overview


 

A Trust Links staff member smiles at a therapeutic garden Pricing

You can access our fantastic course for £245.

We don’t want this fee to be a barrier to individuals or smaller organisations, or to anyone experiencing financial hardship. If you would like to discuss being considered for a reduced rate, please specify this on your application.

“I feel I have gained a really great all-round knowledge from a much more experienced organisation on what it takes to successfully run a therapeutic horticulture service. Access to such a wealth of knowledge in the Trust Links team has been amazing, being able to ask questions specific to what was happening for us at that particular time was so valuable.” – Previous attendee


How to Apply

Whether developing a community garden is just a seed of an idea, or you already have a fully-fledged project in operation, we would love to hear from you!

If you’d like to apply to be considered for a space on the course, please complete the form below.

Applications will close at 9am on Monday 5th December.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact letsgrowtogether@trustlinks.org.

 

For more information on Let’s Grow Together, or to join the Network, click here.