Supporting Cancer Patients in Wandsworth Through Gardening

The Macmillan Information Centre in St Georges Hospital, Tooting has teamed up with the charity Thrive to support cancer patients in Wandsworth through a gardening group.

Thrive is a charity that has been in existence for 35 years and they use gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people with a disability, who are experiencing ill-health,  are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.  This means they help people with a variety of disabilities and diseases such as mental ill-health, stroke, heart disease,  visual impairment, dementia and learning disabilities.

Their work is based on evidence that has shown that gardening improves physical and mental health which has led to the field of social and therapeutic horticulture.  This is where formal programmes involving plants and gardens are used to improve health and well-being and also communication and thinking skills.

Thrive has described the specific benefits and these are:

  • Better physical health through exercise and muscle strengthening
  • Improved mental health through a sense of purpose,  achieving a sense of peace and tranquillity, restoring attention and stress alleviation
  • Reduction in isolation and exclusion through group work and connecting with others
  • The development of skills which can lead to improved employment opportunities

Gardening and Cancer Support

As a result of the success of gardening in the above diseases, Macmillan Cancer Support has teamed up with Thrive to organise an interactive gardening group for residents of Wandsworth who are living with and beyond cancer. The programme will be led by a trained horticulturist and is available in all weather conditions as there are facilities for indoor gardening work across the many greenhouses in Battersea Park.

Each programme will last for 8 weeks and those who are interested just have to complete a very simple registration form.

More information

For more information please download the flyer below, call Macmillan on 0208 725 2677 or email  cancer.information@stgeorges.nhs.uk

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