Growing Support

Growing Support was set up in 2013 to transform underused care home gardens into thriving growing spaces and lively hubs of community activity. We tackle loneliness, social isolation and inactivity experienced by older people living in residential care.

We do this through the delivery of regular sociable and therapeutic gardening clubs held in care home gardens. Older people and people with dementia are supported by trained volunteers to work together as part of a sociable group, grow their own food and care for the garden.

Growing Support started with a £3,000 grant in May 2013, since then we have grown to support gardening activities at more than 30 care homes who support 1,000 older people. We have delivered 1,000 gardening activity sessions for older people and people with dementia and trained 50 community volunteers who have contributed more than 2,000 hours of their time.

In March 2016 we launched the Growing Support Gardening Challenge, a national competition aiming to enable more older people living in care than ever before to be active in the garden and connect with their local community. We expect the Gardening Challenge to reach more than 17,500 older people.

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