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Thrive Horticultural Therapy Organization's Annual Report - March 2010

Thrive Horticultural Therapy Organization's Annual Report - March 2010

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Using gardening to change lives
Annual Report and Financial Statements
Year ended 31 March 2010
 
Thrive Annual Report and Financial StatementsYear ended March 20102
My doctors say that since I started gardening,the improvement has been obvious. Theyhope that soon I will be able to move into ahouse or at o my own. I just hope it has agarden!
Gavin – head injury sufferer
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3Thrive Annual Report and Financial StatementsYear ended March 2010
I particularly enjoy coming to Thrive as itgives me a sense o some independenceand I am treated like an adult. The gardeningtasks help me build my strength and stamina,which then helps me do a ew things ormysel at home.
Ade – hydrocephalus and epilepsy sufferer
Last year we worked to meet thefollowing aims
a) Improve the knowledge and skills of moredisabled people so they benet from gardening
Sixty three per cent o our expenditure was ocused ondelivering this central aim. This year we launched tennew specifc projects oering a range o services tohelp people with diering needs. We saw a 20 per centincrease in the number o people we have been ableto support with just over 7,500 people seeking advice,training and inormation to enable them to harness thebenefts o gardening at home. Demand continued at ourtwo garden projects with a urther 300 adults and youngpeople taking part in structured horticultural therapyprogrammes.
b) Improve the skills and knowledge of 500 healthand education professionals in the use of gardeningand social and therapeutic horticulture
Almost 750 proessionals in health, education and socialcare have taken part in a variety o training throughoutthe year and a urther 15,000 accessed inormation andpromotional material indirectly.
c) Increase the range of evidence related togardening and disability
A range o evidence was created throughout the year,but the main piece we were able to publish was oncompletion o
Just 30! Gardening for Hearts and Minds 
 a project or those who experienced a stroke or heartattack. Our objective was to encourage patients totake a greater personal involvement in managing theirrehabilitation using gardening. The evidence shows80 per cent are now doing so whilst 60 per cent opatients reported having healthier liestyles as a result ogardening.
d) Promote the benets of gardening for disabledpeople
This year Thrive averaged 13 pieces o media coverageeach month giving 36 million people the opportunity tohear, see or read about the charity as well as running over100 roadshows, talks and workshops.
e) Build an effective organisation
The revised Memorandum o Association was activatedollowing approval by the Charity Commission and wewelcomed one new Trustee. We continued to improveour success in raising income, particularly restrictedincome which gives an additional level o stability.There has been signifcant work in the development omeasurement tools. These enable us to evaluate theimpact o participating in gardening or an individual.We have made real progress on developing thismeasurement tool urther to allow us to show the impacto specifc projects.

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