Thrive's mission is to research, educate and promote the use and advantages of gardening for people with a disability. We specifically aim to: improve the well-being and skills of disabled and disadvantaged people to bring about greater social inclusion, to widen the knowledge and understanding of the benefits of social and therapeutic horticulture, to increase professionalism and raise standards amongst those people practicing social and therapeutic horticulture.
Since 1978, Thrive has been using gardening and horticulture to enable people to, increase self-esteem and build confidence, learn basic skills and social skills, gain qualifications and the opportunity to move into employment and to rebuild their life after illness or accident.
Thrive puts Principles into Practice running three garden projects, one at the national headquarters near Reading and two in London, where gardening is used for programmes of training and employment, therapy and health,
carries out research, which aims to increase understanding of the benefits of social and therapeutic horticulture.
offers advice and information to support both the individual gardener and 800+ specialist horticulture projects who work with over 21,000 people each week across the UK. Thrive operates an information service providing advice, briefing sheets and in-house publications, library, websites www.carryongardening.org.uk gives advice on ways to make gardening easier such as design and tools; www.Thrive.org.uk offers general information and contacts.
runs specialist services. In partnership with RNIB we operate a scheme to support blind and partially sighted gardeners which includes specialist training courses, workshops and the blind gardener of the year award.
Offers training and education. Currently we run 35 subsidised courses per year for those working in social and therapeutic horticulture; in partnership with Coventry University a professional development diploma or certificate; bespoke training days for companies, authorities, organizations and overseas students.