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Want to learn how to grow your own food and flowers? Improve your fitness and stamina? Get out and meet new people?

Growing Ability is our social therapeutic horticulture project for adults with learning disabilities, focusing on the abilities and development needs of each individual. 

Social therapeutic horticulture has been shown to improve well-being, self-esteem and self-confidence. It can also be used to improve literacy, numeracy and work-life skills. Find out more by clicking on the buttons above.

If you would like to talk to us about referring yourself or someone in your care please contact our Project Manager Liz McElroy.

Growing Ability now includes elements of our Growing Health and Growing Gang projects focusing on supporting members to live heathier lives and providing work experience in gardening and horticulture.

Volunteers at our Ability projects are an invaluable source of support. Their commitment and enthusiasm enables our gardeners to do so much more. Volunteering offers the opportunity to make a real difference, to develop new skills, build on existing experience and knowledge, and to reap the social benefits of meeting new people, making friends and getting to involved in the local community.

If you would like to help support our Ability projects on a regular basis, you will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This is to make sure that the vulnerable people we work with are in safe hands. We will guide you through the form and pay for the process. 

To find out more about volunteering with Growing Ability please contact us.