A touch of the outdoors will come to a group of business people this week when they attend a presentation by the Swindon charity TWIGS.
Alan Holland, from TWIGS – Therapeutic Work In Gardening Swindon – will be talking to members of Business Village, a business networking group which meets for breakfast every Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express. His talk on November 15 will focus on how gardening and creativity helps to improve mental health. He will also talk about the history of TWIGS, which is supported by the Richmond Fellowship – now one of the biggest voluntary sector providers of mental health care in the country.
“We are privileged to see the positive effects that working creatively with nature can bring to people experiencing mental health problems,” said Alan. “Our site is a living testament to the abilities of a group of people that society has often written off.”
Business Village organiser Steve Dye, of Search Internet Marketing, said: “We get a variety of speakers, many of them focusing on giving business advice or helping with business development. Sometimes, it’s nice to have something a bit different such as this talk about TWIGS, a charity which does such a great job helping people in Swindon with mental health issues. It’s also appropriate timing as there has been a lot in the news recently with Ed Miliband saying that mental illness in the UK is the ‘biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age’.”
Business Village is open to anyone to attend. There is no membership fee, and each meeting costs £10 per person, which includes breakfast. For more details, and to pre-book to attend the presentation on November 15, visit www.businessvillage.org or contact group founder Steve Dye on 07816 998341.