Following on from 11 years as a part of the Richmond Fellowship, TWIGS – theapeutic work in gardening in Swindon – has recently moved back to become a locally based independent charity, as it was when it was first created by Anne Billingham in November 1997, writes manager Alan Holland.
Now managed by the trustees of the Olive Tree Cafe based in Manor Garden Centre, the two services will continue to operate under the umbrella of a single charity.
Within Olive Tree Cafe and TWIGS community gardens people with mental health issues can find meaningful work opportunities and a wide range of creative activities that can help build self confidence and self-esteem which equips them with the skills needed to integrate within the wider community.
Both services offer the chance to work within lively, supportive teams where everyone’s contribution is valued.
Twigs staff and volunteers at the garden in Cheney manor, from left, Alan Holland, Ida Walker, Jane rawlinson, Bob Furber, Chris Dunn, Sue Buchanan, Roman Lewinski, Les Carter.
For more information call 01793 523294 or the Olive Tree cafe on 01793 533152 or drop in and enjoy coffee, tea or a light lunch.
The Olive Tree is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 4pm; Sunday 11am to 3pm
The gardens are open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except Bank Holidays), 10.30am to 3.30pm. There is a small charge of £2 for adults, or £1.50 for concessions, and children get in for free.
The next open day as part of the National Garden Scheme takes place on Sunday 18 May, 1pm to 5pm.