Over 65’s -Thyme Together
The Thyme Together project is a friendly social group for seniors with a focus on activities that enhance health and wellbeing in a natural garden environment. It is an inclusive group which incorporates many aspects of therapeutic horticulture and is comprised of attendees who face a range of issues, from limited mobility, sensory impairment, to cognitive issues, and feelings of social isolation. Attendees who do not have any particular identified disability enjoy assisting and supporting those who do and this encourages social interaction. The volunteers are essential to the running of this group, as attendees with dementia cannot be left unsupervised, and this allows sub groups to have the support that they need. Activities range from sitting down tasks for those with limited mobility, e.g. potting on, and weeding/planting in the raised beds, often from a chair, to more active jobs, such as hoeing, for those without mobility issues.
“I work for the NHS Older adults Community Mental Health Service, The Thyme Together Group is a wonderful opportunity for my clients to interact and socialise in a peaceful location, staff are amazing at what they do, always ongoing activities to achieve, its always a joy to visit old clients that I have referred and see the progress they have made“
“I thoroughly enjoy attending the ‘Thyme Together’ gardening sessions. They are always well– planned with a mixture of social chitchat and active gardening. There is always a variety of tasks needing undertaking and we can always choose something we enjoy“
Over 65’s Referrals
Referrals can come via local social care providers, to include the NHS Older Adults Community Mental Health Service, GP Social Prescribers, and local residential care facilities. We are also open to self-referrals and welcome anyone who would like to spend time with their contemporaries in a health enhancing environment
All our referral agencies are first expected to visit our site so they can understand the environment and whether it is suitable for their clients. If the referral is an enquiry from a carer/family member, then we will first hold a telephone interview with them and then they are asked to come with the attendee for the first visit where we assess the attendee and what they need.