Park Time is an 8 week horticultural therapeutic programme based in Tunbridge Wells for adults over 18 years old struggling with poor mental health. Participants will attend 8 successive 2.5 hour sessions on Monday mornings where they will carry out practical gardening and conservation work led by trained horticultural staff from Kent High Weald Partnership and supported by a qualified counsellor from West Kent Mind.
The group of 8 to 12 clients will attend all 8 sessions which, through participation in gardening and conservation activities, will offer physical and psychological health benefits, and opportunities to engage with and learn about the local greenspaces and wildlife, meet new people, learn new skills, and experience the wellbeing benefits of nature in a supportive and healing environment.
The ultimate outcome at the end of the programme is to equip participants with the confidence needed to feel comfortable continuing to engage and be active, whether by continuing to volunteer at the site as part of an ongoing weekly volunteer programme, moving on to other programmes, or to independently investigate other volunteering, training or employment options.
If you are interested in the programme and would like to know more or make a referral for yourself or someone you know please contact Cally Fiddimore on 01580 212972 / Cally@khwp.org.uk
Change of location! The next programme of Park Time will happen at Grosvenor & Hilbert Park, Tunbridge wells.
The park is accessible on foot, by car, bus and train. There is a cafe on site as well as public toilets.
The next Park Time programme will be commencing with an introductory session at the cafe on Monday 9th September. This will be a shorter session starting at 10 till approx 11:30, a chance meet the staff and participants over a hot drink and go over the programme.
Next available program: monday 9th September – Monday 4th November.
Programme for 2020 –
Monday 9th March 2020 – Monday 18th May 2020 (exc 13 Apr and 4 May as public hols)