GIY are delighted to announce a new and exciting partnership with Thrive, the UK-based charity with 40 years' experience in using gardening as a therapeutic medium across a range of client groups. Thrive are the leading experts in delivering Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) training to individuals and organisations.
This partnership means that for the first time, Thrive-accredited courses will be delivered in Ireland by a partner organisation. GIY therapeutic horticulturist Caitriona Kelly will deliver one-day and two-day training courses in Waterford, Leitrim and Cork in 2018.
Thrive uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. Thrive have nearly 40 years' experience as the leading UK charity in this area and are experts at helping individuals and organisations to use social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) to help others.
GIY launched our social and therapeutic horticulture programme in 2017 thanks to The Community Foundation for Ireland. We were joined by a full time STH practitioner and teacher, Caitriona Kelly, who ran several sold out introductory courses in STH during 2017. Caitriona also implemented STH programmes in an addiction rehabilitation centre and a direct provision centre where service users and residents availed of a 12 week programme of therapeutic horticulture.
Festina Lente in Bray is a not-for-profit organisation which provides a range of occupational, learning and employment opportunities for people whose needs have not been met in mainstream services. Festina Lente have also partnered with Thrive this year to deliver accredited STH courses. Details of these courses can be found by clicking here.