Garden Therapy and Design
Breathing Spaces Garden Therapy and Design was founded by Lisa Leach and Claire Hunt in 2013, and have since been getting all sorts of people gardening together, but especially people who are struggling, because gardening lowers stress, gives purpose and connects people.
They have two therapeutic community gardens in Worthing, 'breathing spaces' - places for visitors and volunteers to find calmness, wonder and connection to nature and the seasons. They are also developing a wildflower site in Sompting.
Breathing Spaces organise volunteer groups to tend to their gardens and small flower farm on Tuesdays and Thursdays: These sessions are designed to improve the wellbeing of the volunteers as well as benefit the community. They also run occasional therapeutic short courses for people with mental health challenges, work experience placements for people with learning difficulties or in recovery from trauma, and opportunities for the wider public to engage with nature and gardening.
Mind & Memory Garden
Sidney Walter Centre
Worthing BN11 1DS
Volunteer sessions Tuesdays 10.30am-11.30am
The Welcome Woodland Garden
Maybridge Keystone Centre
Worthing BN12 6JD
Volunteer sessions Thursdays 10.30am-12.30pm