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Growing Support works in care homes, community gardens and other public spaces such as social housing. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to view opportunities to join community gardening activities.



Growing Support has helped establish gardening groups in more than 30 care homes. We work alongside carers to deliver social and therapeutic horticulture activity sessions. Activity sessions are designed to provide sensory stimulation, exercise vital muscle groups and prompt reminiscence. Community volunteers work alongside participants, involving them in decision making, enabling them to make a meaningful contribution and encouraging a sense of achievement and belonging.

We tailor the sessions according to your needs but they will usually look as follows:

Willow plant climber Mar 2015

  • Up to eight participants for one hour
  • Mostly outdoors but indoors if the weather or your needs requires this
  • Using flowers and plants to encourage sensory stimulation and reminiscence
  • Adapted tools and activities according to the physical and mental health of the participants
  • Individual support to take part in group exercises to provide social interaction and fun!

We offer a different activity every week according to the season and the interests and abilities of our gardeners. Typical activities include growing vegetables, planting up hanging baskets and containers,  watering and weeding, green woodworking, willow weaving or felt making.

Watch this short video of a typical activity session at Humphry Repton House to find out more about our work


The Lawrence Weston community gardening group is open to all people living in the neighbourhood of the 5 Ways Bungalow in Lawrence Weston.  The group meets on Wednesdays from 1.30 – 3.30 at 5 Ways Bungalow, Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston, BS11 0QF. Come along to meet new friends, help us grow fruit and veg and improve the local area.

To find out more email Amy at or download the information leaflet here


The Southmead community gardening group meets at the Greenway Centre on Thursdays between 1.30 – 3.30. All local residents are welcome. Contact Amy at to find out more.

Watch our videos to find out more about the benefits of community gardens for people living with dementia

Bristol has a wide variety of “green” volunteering opportunities including community gardens, city farms and much more. If you would like to find out if there is a group near you please click on this link to check out our map which lists all the options.


We deliver activities in care homes, community settings, hospitals or we can even come to your home! Please email us at or call us on 0117 377 4756  to find out more about how we can help you deliver fun and engaging activities