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Thrive Horticultural Therapy Organization's Annual Report - March 2010

  1. 1. Using gardening to change livesAnnual Report and Financial Statements Year ended 31 March 2010
  2. 2. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010© Helen Jermyn ‘‘ My doctors say that since I started gardening, the improvement has been obvious. They hope that soon I will be able to move into a house or flat of my own. I just hope it has a garden! ’’ Gavin – head injury sufferer 2
  3. 3. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Last year we worked to meet the following aims a) Improve the knowledge and skills of more d) Promote the benefits of gardening for disabled disabled people so they benefit from gardening people Sixty three per cent of our expenditure was focused on This year Thrive averaged 13 pieces of media coverage delivering this central aim. This year we launched ten each month giving 36 million people the opportunity to new specific projects offering a range of services to hear, see or read about the charity as well as running over help people with differing needs. We saw a 20 per cent 100 roadshows, talks and workshops. increase in the number of people we have been able e) Build an effective organisation to support with just over 7,500 people seeking advice, The revised Memorandum of Association was activated training and information to enable them to harness the following approval by the Charity Commission and we benefits of gardening at home. Demand continued at our welcomed one new Trustee. We continued to improve two garden projects with a further 300 adults and young our success in raising income, particularly restricted people taking part in structured horticultural therapy income which gives an additional level of stability. programmes. There has been significant work in the development of b) Improve the skills and knowledge of 500 health measurement tools. These enable us to evaluate the and education professionals in the use of gardening impact of participating in gardening for an individual. and social and therapeutic horticulture We have made real progress on developing this Almost 750 professionals in health, education and social measurement tool further to allow us to show the impact care have taken part in a variety of training throughout of specific projects. the year and a further 15,000 accessed information and promotional material indirectly. c) Increase the range of evidence related to gardening and disability A range of evidence was created throughout the year, but the main piece we were able to publish was on completion of Just 30! Gardening for Hearts and Minds a project for those who experienced a stroke or heart attack. Our objective was to encourage patients to take a greater personal involvement in managing their rehabilitation using gardening. The evidence shows ‘‘ 80 per cent are now doing so whilst 60 per cent of patients reported having healthier lifestyles as a result of I particularly enjoy coming to Thrive as it gardening. gives me a sense of some independence and I am treated like an adult. The gardening tasks help me build my strength and stamina, which then helps me do a few things for myself at home. ’’ Ade – hydrocephalus and epilepsy sufferer 3
  4. 4. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Contents Page About Thrive 6–13 Reference and administrative details 6–7 Chairman’s report 2010 8 Structure 9 Our vision and mission 10 Our aims 11 Key activities delivering our aims 12 Who benefited from our services? 13 Our work in 2009–2010 14–22 Improving the knowledge and skills of disabled people 14–16 Improving the skills and knowledge of health and education professionals 17–18 Increasing the range of evidence related to gardening and disability 19–20 Promoting the benefits of gardening for disabled people 21–22 Your contribution 24 Financial Statements 25–42 Financial review 26 Statement of Trustees’ responsibilities 28 Independent auditor’s report 29 Statement of financial activities 30–32 Notes forming part of the financial statements 33–42 Thanks 43 4
  5. 5. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 © Helen Jermyn Report of the Trustees 5
  6. 6. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Reference and administrative details of the charity, its Trustees and advisers for the year ended 31 March 2010 Trustees Mr David Aitchison-Tait TD Retired Managing Director of a UK commercial grounds maintenance company Chairman and Liveryman of the Gardeners Company. Sir Richard Thompson KCVO Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at St Thomas’ Hospital since 1972 Vice Chairman, and Treasurer of the Royal College of Physicians. Chairman, RAG Committee Mr Howard Symonds FCCA Recently retired as the Financial Director of an assembly and manufacturing Treasurer and Chairman company after a long career in finance. A member of the Association of Chartered PI Committee and Certified Accountants for over 30 years. Ms Lin Conway Twenty years experience of practising as a solicitor with the last ten years spent Appointed Oct 09 as an HR manager, freelance trainer, and as a coach and mentor. Mr Stephen Davies Former Vice Principal of Sparsholt College, Winchester with experience in all Chairman, aspects of professional horticulture and further education. Nominations Committee Mr Brian Donohoe MP Member of Parliament for Central Ayrshire. Miss Sally Dymott MBE Retired UK and overseas Occupational Health Manager with ESSO/EXXON Chairman, HR Committee and an MBE for her services to nursing. Mr Felix Fitch A highly experienced Fund Manager and Investment Director. Mrs Prunella Scarlett LVO Now retired, Prunella has worked for the Royal Commonwealth Society and was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 1993. Ms Philippa Slinger Chief Executive of the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust following a long career in healthcare specialising in mental health. Mr Andrew Fisher Tomlin A specialist in horticulture and design, running an international company specialising in designing and building residential gardens and public open spaces. Resigned or retired in 2009 Mr Jeremy Bayliss – resigned October 2009 Dr Robert Maxwell CVO, CBE – retired July 2009 The Chairman is an ex-officio member of every committee. 6
  7. 7. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Senior management team To 31 March 2010 Ms Nicola Carruthers Chief Executive Mr Stephen Barry Head of Sales and Marketing (from November 2009) Ms Cath Rickhuss Training and Education Manager Ms Susan Stuart Garden Manager, Battersea Ms Susan Tabor Garden Manager, Trunkwell Mr Mike Wells Head of Support Services and Company Secretary Company registered number: 1415700 Charity registered number: 277570 Registered office and principal operating office The Geoffrey Udall Centre Trunkwell Park Beech Hill Reading Berkshire RG7 2AT Auditor Solicitors James Cowper LLP Field Seymour and Parkes Statutory Auditor The Old Coroner’s Court Phoenix House 1 London Street 50 Bartholomew Street PO Box 174 Newbury Reading RG14 5QA RG1 4QW Bankers Bircham Dyson Bell LLP HSBC 50 Broadway 24 Market Place London Frome SW1H 0BL Somerset Wiltshire BA11 1AJ 7
  8. 8. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Chairman’s report 2010 This year we said farewell to two where a limited number of gardeners unable to pay Trustees: our last Treasurer Robert for themselves or secure funding from other sources Maxwell at the end of his term and can attend one of our projects with the cost borne by Jeremy Bayliss who had to resign due Thrive. This, alongside other free services, we believe, to poor health. A new trustee joined: more than meets our obligations to public benefit. Lin Conway, a solicitor who now In our gardens we are also developing an improved runs the HR department for a firm of measurement tool so we can demonstrate better the solicitors, but we have a nomination benefits gardeners get from horticultural therapy. At our process which continues to appoint Battersea garden we are confident that we will be able new trustees for the coming year. to start the redevelopment of the main garden site in the The Board meets five times during Autumn of 2010, having now finished the work at the the year. The highlights of our work on herb garden site and with over 70 per cent of the funding governance included adopting our new in place. Memorandum and Articles of Association Looking at our work nationally we have greatly improved and revisiting the methodology on the risks register which our information service by reworking our two web sites. has resulted in a stronger procedure. Finally, we have set During the year we dealt with some 3,000 in-depth in place annual Trustee appraisals which were carried out requests for further information; the service is provided in January. The Board also held its first open meeting for free. Our work continues with the main groups we our stakeholders in July. The Board minutes are published help: those with mental illness, heart disease, stroke on the Thrive web site – – if you want survivors, those in the early stages of dementia and further information on our work. people with learning disabilities. Our training and support Thrive, as you will read below, continues to increase its of professionals interested or engaged in therapeutic services through our national reach and two gardens. horticulture continues. You may not be aware that this Some of the highlights are as follows. is a very diverse group coming from many professional At our Garden Projects we have increased the numbers backgrounds. of clients or as we prefer to call them ‘Thrive Gardeners’. With the financial crisis continuing though the year, Thrive We have been able to do this by starting ten new has done well to increase income, although unrestricted projects, six of which have funding going forward into income generation has been challenging. Overall our 2010. The Board agreed to put in place a scheme income has increased by 12 per cent. We have been able to reduce reliance on drawing on our reserves which the trustees consider to be important for the sustainability of Thrive. In this year due to changes requested by auditors and detailed in the Treasurer’s report this has resulted in a surplus, however we continue to address the need to reduce the operating deficit. As you will see below, a fact we are very proud of is that 85p in every pound is used to benefit others. In our next report we will be able to report on our first garden at Chelsea; this no doubt will raise the profile of horticultural therapy and Thrive with the inevitable benefit of introducing more people to the ways in which ‘gardening can change lives’. Our work would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers both individual and corporate, as well as the many varied organisations and individuals who support us financially. David Aitchison-Tait© Kate May Chairman 8
  9. 9. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Structure The Trustees (who are also directors of the charity for After the selection procedure and nomination by the the purposes of the Companies Act) present their annual Board, new Trustees undertake a formal, but flexible, report together with the audited financial statements induction process. This includes an induction pack and of Society for Horticultural Therapy (the company) for handbook and the opportunity for them to spend time the year ended 31 March 2010. The Trustees confirm at the charity where they are briefed directly by staff. that the Annual report and financial statements of They are encouraged to visit the Thrive Garden Projects the company comply with the current statutory and meet disabled people being supported by Thrive as requirements, the requirements of the company’s well as volunteers and staff. Internal training is offered governing document and the provisions of the Statement on specific topics after discussion and agreement by of Recommended Practice (SORP) Accounting and the HR committee. Trustees are encouraged to attend Reporting by Charities issued in March 2005. appropriate external training days. The company also trades under the name Thrive. Risk management Our legal structure, governance and The Trustees are responsible for overseeing the charity’s administrative details risk management activities. In 2009 the Trustee Board The Society for Horticultural Therapy is also known as enhanced its management of risks with the creation Thrive. It is registered as a charity (number 277570) with of a business risk register which is reviewed at every the Charity Commission for England and Wales. It is Board Meeting. In addition a formal risk-management registered as a limited company (number 1415700). process reviews operational risks every six months. Risks are prioritised in terms of potential impact, Thrive was established under the terms of its governing likelihood of occurrence, and mitigations identified. Memorandum and Articles of Association in 1978 which As part of this process, the Trustees have reviewed were updated in 2009 and is constituted as a company the Charity’s current controls which, in their opinion, are limited by guarantee. adequate to mitigate the potential and perceived risks of The Board currently comprises 11 Trustees who delegate the Charity. It is recognised that any control system can the day-to-day running of the charity to the Chief only provide reasonable but not absolute assurance that Executive Officer and five senior managers. major risks have been adequately managed. The Trustee Board meets five times a year for formal business meetings at which long-term strategy, current direction and finance are considered. The business plan and budget are approved in March and reviewed quarterly. The Treasurer monitors the budget monthly and provides updates at each Board meeting. In addition, Trustees have four committees which report to the main Trustee Board for decisions. The Board delegates some of the investigation and specific strategic input to the committees. The Property and Investment Committee reviews and monitors the performance of Thrive’s investment portfolio, including properties held. The Human Resources (HR) Committee guides on Governance, HR and health and safety matters The Nominations Committee is responsible for reviewing skills of the Board and proposing new Trustees to the Board The Research Advisory Group supports the Board in proposed research. © James Finlay 9
  10. 10. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Our Vision and Mission The benefits of gardening Thrive’s Vision Gardening offers a range of tasks and, irrespective of age or ability, can support people in reaching their To enable those touched by a disability goals. Gardening can bring profound change from to transform their lives using gardening. improvements in physical or psychological health to adjustments in beliefs, attitudes and behaviours to the Thrive’s Mission transformation of skills, knowledge and abilities. Using our passion for the power of Three out of four disabled people found that gardening gardening to change the lives of people has been beneficial to their health. touched by a disability, Thrive will: One in three believes gardening has ongoing health benefits. teach practical and creative ways to use One in five reports that gardening has helped them gardening through a period of mental or physical ill health. learn more about how gardening helps people From the survey: Levels of interest and participation in talk about what we do and how we help gardening among individuals with a disability Mintel 2006 using gardening for Thrive. work with individuals and organisations. The five key benefits of gardening are: better physical health – gardening is a form of exercise which can be used in rehabilitation or Achieving our Mission rebuilding strength after an accident or illness improved psychological health – a wealth of In compiling this report we have referred to the guidance evidence shows the positive effects of gardening contained in the Charity Commission’s general guidance on our mental health including its ability to help us on public benefit and compiled the review of our aims become more optimistic and objectives to reflect how our activities deliver public social benefits – gardening offers an activity which benefit. can help people to connect with others and an Whilst Thrive reviews its aims, objectives and activities opportunity to improve social and communication every year, there is one constant in how we meet those skills aims – the use of gardening to transform the lives of qualifications and skills – a recognised disabled people. horticultural qualification can increase the chances of employment. Taking part in structured gardening activities also offers the opportunity to improve skills such as initiative-taking and co-operation as well as numeracy and literacy, all of which are useful in all areas of life access to the natural environment – being outside, getting fresh air and seeing things grow are important to us as human beings.© Helen Jermyn 10
  11. 11. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Our aims These fully reflect the object and purposes for which the charity was originally founded in 1978. Improve the skills and knowledge of disabled people so they can benefit from gardening. Improve the skills and knowledge of health and education professionals in the use of gardening and social and therapeutic horticulture. Increase the range of evidence related to gardening and disability. Promote the benefits of gardening for disabled people. © Helen Jermyn Case study Finally, he was diagnosed with dementia two years ago. Simon took part in a 12-month Thrive-funded research project dedicated to younger people with dementia that has greatly improved the quality of his life. “Although the diagnosis was horrific, it was actually a huge relief to us both. Simon in particular was able to begin to rationalise why he had felt as he had for the last few years,” explains Sally. Because Simon had always enjoyed gardening, undertaking many projects in his own garden and even running a gardening business for a short time, Sally thought that Thrive, which she had heard about from a nursing colleague, would work for him. © Helen Jermyn “Thrive has a beautiful, peaceful environment,” says Sally. “I think Simon feels ‘normal’ there as it is about as far removed from ‘day centre’ care as is possible. There is a feeling of freedom and it has helped him Simon have a sense of purpose and raised his self esteem. Cooking some of the produce he has helped to grow Fifty-five-year old Simon, a former microbiologist and is a great end result which we can share.” senior manager, was just 49 when he first started having “For me Thrive is probably the only place of the several problems with his memory, concentration and initiating which Simon attends which I don’t feel guilty about him new projects. He took early retirement when he was 50, going to. I think the whole ethos of the place addresses but his condition was still undiagnosed and mistaken for his needs. He always looks forward to going (rain or other issues such as depression and ‘mid-life crisis’. shine) and to see him laughing and joking with staff Meanwhile his problems, including his ability to and clients he has made friends with is fantastic. The communicate, worsened putting a strain on his staff and volunteers without exception are wonderful,” relationship with his two children and his wife Sally. says Sally. 11
  12. 12. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Key activities delivering our aims Providing a range of services, practical support and inspiration for disabled people including a free information service and access to Thrive’s information resources which have been collated and developed over ‘‘ I am so proud to have been part of this. My group came in not wanting to talk and now they do. By working in the garden they 30 years. These now include two websites and The latter has techniques and tools that can make have gained so much confidence. Louise – Therapist at Battersea ’’ everyday gardening jobs easier; a specialist library and a wide variety of published print and audio material. Thrive also runs specialist services for people with sight loss, those affected by heart disease or recovering Providing health, social care and education from stroke, older disabled people and those who professionals, with resources and learning have dementia. In addition Thrive operates two opportunities. Thrive’s education team runs a variety ‘Garden Projects’ (Battersea Park, London and Beech of short courses, bespoke training and consultancy. In Hill, Reading) where a variety of structured social and partnership with Coventry University we offer the only therapeutic horticultural programmes are offered to meet professional diploma in social and therapeutic horticulture health, therapy or training needs of disabled people. in the UK. The team actively engages in supporting professionals in their work with disabled people. This includes encouraging garden projects to adopt Cultivating Quality, a unique quality assurance scheme developed with the Charities Evaluation Service aimed at improving 11 operating standards and a small membership scheme which allows professionals to access specialist resources and the quarterly magazine Growth Point. Working in partnership with research specialists, universities and Thrive’s own horticultural therapy professionals to build an evidence base which clearly demonstrates, substantiates and enables improved efficacy in the use of gardening to benefit disabled people. Promoting the benefits of gardening through a variety of means including attending exhibitions and conferences, giving talks, running specialist events and using media opportunities to reach out to disabled people and those who can influence change for disabled people, as well as the wider public who are interested. ‘‘ My husband was in a very high-powered job and used to fly the world. And suddenly, the strokes changed his whole life. He stopped wanting to talk; I think perhaps because he thought people wouldn’t understand him. Thrive has given him his confidence back. ’’© Helen Jermyn Ann – wife of stroke sufferer 12
  13. 13. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Who benefited from our services? The Trustees confirm that they have referred to the Users of Thrive services were aged between 14 and guidance contained in the Charity Commission’s general 85 years old; they had a diverse range of disabilities guidance on public benefit when reviewing the charity’s with some viewed as hardest to reach as well as many aims and objectives and in planning future activities and living on or below the poverty line. It is widely accepted setting the objectives for the year. that poverty and disability are closely linked. Whilst we The Government estimates that there are over 10 million will continue to offer access to all disabled people we disabled people in the UK. Our own research carried out recognise that focusing on specific needs will benefit by Mintel in 2006 shows that over 2.8 million disabled users and improve outcomes and impact. This is part of people have an interest in gardening and could potentially our strategic direction and is focussed on working with benefit from Thrive services. Access to our services is those who have specific disabilities. Each disability has not restricted, however use and demand as in previous major health, education or social issues within them. years varied and was predominantly from those living in Our goal is to be part of a meaningful solution building England, whilst the Garden Projects worked with those services around their needs. from the south of the UK. Funding also limits those we are able to help. All projects funded from restricted a) Those who want their life back – these income are free to users as well as all the broader are people who experience something reaching services such as the information service and all unexpected which affects them profoundly, its resources. often with physical repercussions. They want to regain what they perceive as ‘lost’. Thrive Focus – stroke survivors b) Those who want a different life – these people see that the life they were leading is not what they want for their future. They may have experienced some sort of mental illness such as depression, or a life-changing event has occurred which has led them to re-think their priorities and direction. Thrive Focus – those who want to improve mental health c) Those who want the best life they can have – these people have been born with a disability or become disabled, often as they age. They may include people who are experiencing a degenerative disease such as dementia or multiple sclerosis. Thrive Focus – young adults with learning disabilities and older people including those with dementia ‘‘ When you lose your sight there are lots of things you can’t do, but you can do gardening. It opened up a whole new ’’© Helen Jermyn world for me. Sue – member of Bradford Blind Gardeners Club 13
  14. 14. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Our work in 2009-2010 The main areas of charitable activity are linked directly to the four aims detailed below. The activities that take place to meet these aims as well as our achievements are detailed below alongside financial ‘‘ I know that gardening has brought us together and it has given us something else to talk about other than the next door information. neighbour or the weather! ’’ Resident – Thrive sheltered housing project Aim: To improve the knowledge and skills of disabled people so they benefit from gardening. Target: Develop at least two new projects which either take existing projects forward or link to Thrive’s Target: Increase to 7,500 the number of disabled focus areas. people directly benefiting from Thrive’s knowledge, This year Thrive has developed ten new projects and six experience and information. have funding secured. This included a short-term project, Thrive reached just over 7,700 disabled people during the Gardening Together for older people living in sheltered year. Almost 350 people took part in the programmes housing to engage, enjoy and benefit from gardening offered by the two Garden Projects and specific specialist which was funded and delivered in the last six months projects, roadshows and workshops reached a further of the year. In January 2010 we launched two projects. 4,500 and the remainder sought advice, guidance and Life after Stroke is a two-year project providing gardening support through the information service whilst Thrive’s therapy for 200 adults who have been discharged from website visits increased by 17 per cent during the year. hospital following a stroke through regular sessions at their local stroke club. Initial interest has been high. Working it Out is a two-year structured training scheme for 95 people with mental health needs aiming to give people qualifications, work experience and therapeutic support. Case study came out of hospital, I was a shadow of the former me. I had never been ill before and found it hard to come to terms with what had happened,” she explains. The Thrive programme which helps up to 44 people who have experienced mental health issues each year was vital in helping Shona rebuild her life. She says she was able to realise her goals of rebuilding confidence, feeling positive about her future; getting back to work and getting used to life again. After gaining a horticulture qualification Shona became a volunteer at Wandsworth MIND where she set up and helped to run a gardening group providing low cost gardening for local residents. Her confidence and skills Shona went from strength to strength and she has recently been offered a place as a volunteer at the Chelsea Shona joined Thrive’s Pathways programme a year ago. Physic Garden. Pathways aims to help people living with mental ill health “I can’t thank Thrive enough for getting me the work at to overcome their barriers to independence and become MIND. It was a big boost that I was recommended in volunteers. Shona had suffered a paranoid psychosis – the first place, and really helped me get my wonderful her first-ever experience of mental ill health. A former new job.” bookkeeper she was frightened about her future and Photograph posed by model and our gardener’s name has been suffered from severe lack of confidence. “When I first changed. 14
  15. 15. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Target: Renew efforts to progress the redevelopment of facilities, programmes and projects available at Thrive’s Battersea Garden Project, thereby increasing participant numbers. From three separate gardens we work with people aged from 14 to 85 years old from some of the most disadvantaged areas within the six inner boroughs of London. We have dramatically increased the number of people we help at the garden and in the wider community. In the last year we have introduced five new structured gardening programmes including one for stroke survivors, another for people who have dementia, and extended Growing Options – a project for young disabled teenagers in London. We are now working with 134 people directly an increase of 70 over the previous year. We have completed the refurbishment of the herb garden site and its facilities. Target: Launch the improved information service and improve information available as well as its reach particularly through the web. The service was re-launched in July 2009 and reached its target to answer 3,000 enquiries. The team has systematically improved the materials and has taken responsibility for the website content. Target: Continue to improve feedback and engagement of disabled people in the development of services.© James Finlay Gardening for Hearts and Minds (GFHM) and the National Blind Gardeners Club (NBGC) advisory groups were very active during the year. The latter were integral in the Target: Establish the Green Circle and Gardening selection of the winners for the Blind Gardener of the Year Memories projects and their resources. Competition and gave significant input into the creation of new publications for those with a visual impairment. Gardening Memories launched in September 2009 and The GFHM members worked on the creation of podcasts will run until July 2011. It is aimed at working at home and videos for use by those who have had a stroke with those who have dementia and their carers. Taster and are living with aphasia. There were also ongoing sessions have taken place to drive referrals as well as questionnaires and consultation sessions with a variety the distribution of information flyers into GP surgeries of groups who helped in the creation of new projects and to other relevant organisations. Green Circle is a and for which we have either secured or are still seeking two-year project supporting older people to maintain funding. This includes projects for severely disabled their independence, particularly after an episode of teenagers, adults and older people with mental health illness. Referrals for specific help have been for a variety challenges and adults recovering from a stroke. of reasons, whilst 400 self-help guides containing information on using gardening for health, reducing maintenance needs, choosing tools and changes to design as well as a self assessment tool have been distributed. 15
  16. 16. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Our work in 2009-2010 (continued) During the year Thrive spent £1,091,581 in meeting Hearts and Minds, funded by the Department of Health, this aim: £346,309 of the expenditure came from for stroke survivors and those with heart diseases form the restricted income which was predominantly other important cornerstones to our work. They help from Trusts and Charitable Foundations; unrestricted us reach specific constituencies of disabled people and expenditure of £745,272 came directly from public meet their needs as well as affording us the opportunity donations. The remainder was met from Thrive’s to work in partnership with others to meet mutual aims. reserves and other sources. The two Garden Projects are focused on meeting the Key goals for 2010–2011 needs of disabled people and communities locally. They Improve the skills and knowledge of 8,000 offer therapeutic projects at the garden sites and in 2009 disabled people. we had specifically increased their reach by offering Launch four new projects linked to Thrive’s access to projects operating in the local community. They areas of focus. are also vital in helping us put principles into best practice, In addition to existing services develop further improve efficacy and enabling us to trial applications. In projects, programmes and activities which so doing, we will ensure we meet the needs of a broader continue to meet the needs of disabled people. national disabled audience. Importantly they also help us Secure the remaining funding and begin the to gain public interest not only in gardening and its benefit redevelopment of Thrive’s Battersea Garden but in the issues, challenges and success of those who Project main facilities. have a disability. Our information service, website, publications roadshows and workshops enable us to reach a broader geographical audience of thousands more people across the UK. Operating two national projects – National Blind Gardeners Club, funded by the Big Lottery and in partnership with the RNIB, and Just 30! Gardening for Case study Day, in May last year changed all this – he found he was able to meet other blind gardeners and could share his tips with both them and other Thrive staff. His mother, Dorothy was delighted with the contacts he made. “Normally Nicholas finds it difficult to communicate because of his autism, but he enjoyed the day so much. He was very talkative and animated both during and after the day. Gardening helps Nicholas improve his communication skills; his ability to deal with others and his self confidence,” she says. Because of his involvement with Thrive’s National Nicholas Blind Gardeners’ Club, his confidence has continued Nicholas, a member of Thrive’s National Blind to develop. He now helps elderly people tend their Gardeners’ Club, won third place in Thrive’s 2009 Blind gardens and works one day a week as a volunteer Gardeners of the Year Competition. The judges were gardener at Chartwell National Trust Property. very impressed with his enthusiasm and eagerness to “Gardening enables me to stay fit,” says Nicholas. share his gardening knowledge. Although Nicholas had I enjoy continually learning about plants and speaking to been an enthusiastic gardener since he was a little boy, people about new varieties and how to cultivate them. communication hadn’t always been easy for him because I do not think I could live without my plants and garden. he is autistic. However his attendance at a Thrive Open They give me immeasurable pleasure.” 16
  17. 17. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Aim: To improve the skills and knowledge Target: Deliver a variety of training and resources to of 500 health and education professionals meet professionals’ needs including accreditation for in the use of gardening and social and at least one short course. therapeutic horticulture. This year we have directly reached, through 22 training days and 32 workshops, almost 750 professionals and Target: Successfully integrate all aspects of existing a further 15,000 indirectly through information and national projects into training and education. promotional material. In total 6,400 professionals regularly receive the training and education e-newsletter. The National Blind Gardeners Club Project now has over 600 club members and published two new specialist books Getting on with Gardening and Getting on with Growing in Containers, as well as their quarterly newsletter. We also ran a successful Blind Gardener of the Year competition. We entered the final year of funding for Just 30! Gardening for Hearts and Minds Project and have now distributed 15,000 self help guides, 900 starter packs and hold contact details for almost 1,500 rehabilitation professionals with whom we now regularly communicate. Our evaluation shows that 90 per cent of professionals said the guide had helped them improve their knowledge about the choice of rehabilitation activities for their patients. © Helen Jermyn Case study The course involved considerable travelling as Mary lives in Scotland but she says it was very worthwhile. “I enjoyed the studying, gained considerable knowledge on broad areas of horticulture, ‘got hands on’ with practical sessions and picked up very useful tips relating to tools and activities which I have since transferred to my work place.” She explains that her time at Thrive was particularly useful. “I was able to see and explore social and therapeutic horticulture in practice. There were opportunities to discuss methods, experience practical solutions and see innovative ideas to implement in our workplace.” Mary Mary graduated from the programme in November last Mary, a health and social services manager and also an year and is now working as a horticulture therapist at occupational therapist with an interest in flowers and L’Arche in Inverness a community for people who have plants, decided to resign from her job in 2008 and become learning disabilities where she had volunteered during a student again for the first time in 30 years. She was her training. delighted to be accepted on the Professional Development “Following my dream has brought me a new career Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture distance which I thoroughly enjoy and I am currently taking learning course based at Coventry University in conjunction forward my feasibility study with the hope of having my with Warwickshire College and Thrive. own STH project,” says Mary. 17
  18. 18. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Our work in 2009-2010 (continued) Target: Identify and instigate differing and possibly how they can harness the power of gardening and use alternative ways for professionals to access training. it to benefit those in their care. We have investigated the options available and decided Reaching out to those health, education and social care that at this point in time it would be better for us to professionals working directly with disabled people is improve the course on offer through accreditation then an important strategy for Thrive. If we can build their consider further alternative delivery methods. A review of expertise in using gardening it will ultimately benefit delivery options is due in January 2011. those with whom they work and ensure we reach an even larger and more diverse disabled audience. During the year Thrive spent £198,679 in meeting this aim with £55,000 of income generated from restricted Key goals for 2010–2011 sources and a further £99,111 generated directly towards Implement the transition strategy for training meeting expenditure. and education which offers learners a ‘pick As a result of surveys amongst professionals we are now and mix’ framework of accredited and refining our course programme. In 2010 we will have informal learning. a new introductory social and therapeutic horticulture Directly reach through training and course and continue to work towards the launch in 2011 workshops 700 health, social care or of accredited courses. This has taken us longer than education professionals. expected due to the requirements for accreditation. Implement a successful exit strategy for the Furthermore we have launched Gardening Choices a National Blind Gardeners Club project. funded initiative which enables us to teach and provide resource materials to mental health professionals as to 18
  19. 19. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Aim: To increase the range of evidence related to gardening and disability. ‘‘ Before my placement I didn’t know much about horticultural therapy, but Thrive has Target: Review the current research strategy and helped me see how worthwhile it is. It has implement any recommendations. such a positive impact on clients’ health and well-being. I will definitely integrate it into my ’’ This has been completed and we are now clearly future placements and practice. focused on: supporting specific individuals who are Heather – Occupational Therapy student carrying out research as part of their university studies; Thrive therapists undertaking small scale research; utilising evidence collated from Thrive programmes and projects; utilising research and studies published in the completion of the project at the end of May. The project UK and overseas relevant to the work of Thrive. itself has also been entered for an award with Berkshire Healthcare Trust as an example of good practice. If the Target: Run the young onset dementia research. results from this small scale pilot are promising then A programme aimed at devising and evaluating a Berkshire Healthcare Trust is keen to apply for research gardening programme for those who are younger funding. and in the earlier stages of dementia. We had originally planned to have up to 20 participants in Target: Collate the evidence from existing national this pilot study. However due to recruitment difficulties and regional projects to demonstrate the benefit of we reduced this to ten and are working with the Head gardening for specific disabilities and disseminate it of Child Psychology at Reading University. We have to relevant professionals. been collecting data which will be published after the The work here has focused on Just 30! Gardening for Hearts and Minds. Evidence of the benefits of gardening for those who have had a stroke or heart attack has now been collated from this project and over 1,500 professionals have been advised. The objective of the project was to encourage patients to take a greater personal involvement and self management of their rehabilitation which was successfully accomplished with 80 per cent claiming they were taking greater personal involvement. Sixty per cent of patients were also reported as having a healthier lifestyle as a result and almost all agreed that gardening activities can enhance existing rehabilitation programmes. During the year, Thrive spent £36,266 on research activities. All research activities are currently funded by Thrive from designated funds. Being able to substantiate claims and clearly demonstrate how and what people with different disabilities gain from participation in gardening remain important to Thrive. In our view, research enables disabled people to make informed choices as to how they might use a leisure activity to reach a variety of their health, education or life goals. For professionals it provides a convincing argument. Linked to this is an improved measurement system to© Helen Jermyn enable us to clearly demonstrate behavioural change over time and thereby show specific benefits of gardening activities. 19
  20. 20. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Our work in 2009-2010 (continued) Over the last year we have devised, trialled and are now implementing a new behavioural measurement tool. Key goals for 2010–2011 The tool measures specific and often key behavioural Create and trial a measurement tool for changes identified for a specific individual or group with specific restricted income projects which specific disabilities. To date our work covers those who enables Thrive to gather evidence and have autism, dementia, children with additional needs, measure the success of the project with stroke survivors, those with a visual impairment, those regards to specific benefits. with mental health needs as well as adults with a learning Utilise new behavioural measurement tool disability. This has enabled us to identify at an individual data to demonstrate specific individual level how a specific programme could be of benefit. Next benefits. year we will be taking this tool up to a programme and Complete Young Onset Dementia pilot and project level. publish findings. Create the first peer reviewed article for publication. Case study to being surrounded by people; working very quickly and talking quickly too. Overnight all this had changed... “I felt very alone, but I managed to learn how to dress myself, bath myself and cook for myself and my husband. I did not want a carer. There were other people worse off than me.” Progress, she says, was difficult and slow and people didn’t understand her problems. Although she could do so many things for herself she lost her confidence when shopping because people would either not understand what she was trying to say or think she had a mental health illness. Sometimes shop assistants would refuse to serve her. Consequently Dora didn’t want to speak much outside the home. But attendance at a Thrive’s Life after Stroke group © Helen Jermyn changed all that. Once a week for three months Dora worked at Thrive’s Battersea project in the Herb Garden. She explains that when the group first met everyone was very silent, but that this changed through gardening Dora and the skills of Louise their horticulture therapist. “Our therapist Louise is wonderful – she taught me When Dora came off her shift as a care worker one so much about plants – their healing properties as well evening, she lay down as usual but then felt her mouth as how to grow and look after them. It gave me the go numb and then numbness in her side. She feared a confidence to look after my garden again too!” stroke and called an ambulance. With the other group members, Dora grew a huge Later, the hospital confirmed her fears; she had variety of plants from seed and made a scarecrow for suffered a stroke that left her with problems speaking the garden. She soon earned a reputation as being and paralysis of her right side. Slowly but surely Dora, one of the most talkative and cheerful members of the a bright, cheery woman, worked hard to regain her group. “The group made me so happy – I felt better mobility, her speech and her independence. about talking to people; and after a day working in the As a care worker and also in her other job as a cleaner for herb garden I slept so well.” ex-prime minister Margaret Thatcher she had been used 20
  21. 21. Thrive Annual Report and Financial Statements Year ended March 2010 Aim: To promote the benefits of gardening Thrive carried out almost 100 workshops, roadshows and for disabled people. events at garden centres, specific local organisations and disability associations giving attendees the opportunity not only to learn about Thrive but to gain specific practical Target: Increase the likelihood and opportunities for advice and information about using gardening to their disabled people to hear about Thrive through a variety benefit. of means including websites and PR. This year Thrive averaged 13 pieces of media coverage each month giving 36 million people the opportunity to hear, see or Target: Increase awareness of Thrive in the South read about the charity. Furthermore the coverage with of England specifically in the locality of our garden health, education or social care professionals delivered projects. a further 3 million opportunities. Most of the coverage for the year focused in the south During 2009 we continued to improve the Thrive with just over 17 million people having the opportunity to website by adding functionality including Facebook and see, hear or read about Thrive. Twitter and by sending e-newsletters every quarter, the numbers of which have been steadily increasing as people sign up to receive it. This has all helped to raise Target: Implement evaluation process which assesses visitor numbers to the Thrive website by almost 17 per not just ‘opportunity to see’ but potential impact and cent over the previous year. awareness levels. Unfortunately this was not completed during the year and is under consideration for the following year as part Target: Raise awareness of Thrive through local of the discussions and plans to improve impact reporting. and national events including roadshows, talks and demonstrations as well as PR.© Helen Jermyn 21