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Welcome to Growing Support

Growing Support is an award winning social enterprise tackling loneliness, social isolation and inactivity.

We deliver “social and therapeutic horticulture activities” for older people.  This means we run weekly gardening clubs, supported by trained volunteers, where older people are enabled to work together in the garden, grow their own food and connect with nature. Activities provide sensory stimulation, exercise key muscle groups, increase social interaction and promote a sense of purpose and achievement.

Research shows that this approach can improve the health and quality of life of everyone involved.

Download our latest impact report here

Listen to our contribution to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme Episode on Diet and Dementia (about 25 mins in)


Thanks to support from the Allen Lane Foundation, Growing Support will soon be launching in North Somerset. Care providers can access a subsidised programme of social and therapeutic horticulture activities – find out more



Growing Support can help you turn your garden or patio, into a thriving growing space and lively hub of community activity. We offer practical and affordable solutions to engaging older people and people with dementia in meaningful activity outdoors.

We provide practical and hands on training to help you engage older people with gardening activities. Find out more.

We deliver social and therapeutic gardening activities (or gardening clubs) in care settings, community gardens and other public spaces. Find out more

We provide free resources. There are lots of simple activities you can do in the garden which don’t take a lot of effort or cost much money. Take a look at our activity plans and practical tips to help you get started.

“It was really valuable that so much interest was taken in the residents, and much conversation shared. I believe this to be an important part of a session, as the residents spent so much of the day alone in their rooms with no-one to talk to apart from short conversations with the staff who pop in and out during the day.” Activity Coordinator

“Mum doesn’t normally take part. Its great to see her being so active and joining in.” Daughter

“Now when everyone is having tomatoes for tea I can say to them – I grew those!” Resident with dementia

A lively gardening group took place on the day of our visit…We saw a number of people engaged in this activity….Staff were sharing conversation with the people about a range of social topics. Visitors told us that the activities that were put on were enjoyable for their relatives.” CQC Inspection report (Evidence for Good Rating for Service is Caring and Service is Responsive)

“I’d like to thank the Growing Support team for the amazing work they do and the joy they bring not only to the residents, but also the volunteers. My experience has been truly inspiring, and I have learnt a lot from the short time I’ve been volunteering with you” J, Volunteer

We work wherever you need us to. We can help you with consultancy to help you make the best of your outdoor space; practical hands on training to help your staff embed purposeful activity in the garden into everyday routine; or by delivering purposeful and social activities supported by community volunteers.



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