Wellbeing Garden

East Staffordshire Borough Council joined forces with our East Staffordshire Social Prescribers to deliver therapeutic gardening sessions to the local community.

The pandemic has proved to be challenging for our Social Prescribers due to the restrictions we were not always able to fully provide the support and opportunities we would have liked. However, In the last 6 months the picture has started to change and new opportunities have begun to emerge with Social Prescribing beginning to be recognised as part of the solution to some of the issues that have arisen post Covid.

wellbeing garden

Support Staffordshire are in the fortunate position of being able to connect and collaborate with community groups and organisations. Some of these conversations have led to exciting projects which we hope will provide a lasting legacy for Social Prescribing in East Staffordshire.

Back in April we started a conversation about having a group at the Stapenhill Greenhouses in East Staffordshire for our clients. Paul Steed and Sam Winsper from the ESBC invited us along to a taster day.

We knew this was going to be the perfect space for people to come along and enjoy being part of something. We know the benefits of connecting with nature and gardening but the unique opportunity that the garden offers is a sense of belonging and being part of something.

Feel Good Fridays was established as the regular session for Social Prescribing Clients.  Our clients have been attending the garden for a few months now and it’s been a lovely thing to see, some of them have really thrived and have started to attend on other days other have become regular volunteers.

Going forward we are looking at having a Social Prescribing Garden which could be entered into competitions leaving a legacy for the project.