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 benet from gardening
Sixty three per cent o our expenditure was ocused ondelivering this central aim. This year we launched tennew specifc projects oering a range o services tohelp people with diering 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 inormation 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 proessionals in health, education and socialcare have taken part in a variety o training throughoutthe year and a urther 15,000 accessed inormation 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 opatients reported having healthier liestyles as a result ogardening.
d) Promote the benets 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 activatedollowing 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 omeasurement 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.