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    Produce being harvested for a local Ayr homeless charity
  • Our Aims

    Our long-term aims

    1. Increased numbers of serving and ex-serving Armed Forces personnel with mental health issues receiving effective horticultural therapy as provided by Gardening Leave.
    2. Reduced Armed Forces–related mental health stigma in communities where Gardening Leave works.

    Gardening Leave needs to make sure that its work is not just nice, but necessary for those who access the service. Our work should be a respected part of the continuum of care for Armed Forces mental health care interventions.

    Our aims for the next three years

    During the next three years, Gardening Leave must focus on strengthening outcomes, understanding impact and developing sustainability. Each of these three areas will be applied to Gardening Leave’s mission, with the priority focus on its work to provide horticultural therapy to serving and ex-serving Armed Forces personnel.

    In summary:

    • To strengthen outcomes, Gardening Leave will be changing its work with clients so that it takes the form of 12-session goal-oriented courses, with improved referral and assessment activities.
    • To understand impact, Gardening Leave will be introducing the Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) method to monitor change, and a wider research programme to capture best practice knowledge.
    • To develop sustainability, Gardening Leave will focus on core activities and outreach and will implement a more strategic fundraising plan that supports predictable, accountable spending with the possibility of future expansion with a focus on inner-city locations.

    Fundamental to these changes are:

    • The creation of a sustainable fundraising strategy
    • The role of our volunteers in supporting service delivery and fundraising
    • The rooting of our sites in their local communities
    • The process of location and outreach in urban areas
    • The use of information technology to improve efficiency and inter-site communications
    • Better partnerships and linkages with other organisations.

     

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    These lovely red onions from @FranchiSeedsUK seem to particularly like seaweed top dressing we put on this year ow.ly/i/c52si

    About 2 days ago

    RT @ISSLandscaping Stage 1 complete - fencing and gates @gardening_leave #Dundee #veterans garden. Stage 2 the garden itself pic.twitter.com/PaizoTWaYo

    About 3 days ago

    Fence is now complete around our new site at Dundee.Thanks @ISSLandscaping. Now to fit gate & build the garden :) ow.ly/i/c4Y9e

    About 4 days ago

    Our new chevron design border is coming to life as summer flowers bloom pic.twitter.com/SR256Uzq8t

    About 5 days ago

    Big thanks to @sainsburys Prestwick for donating Acer plants to our Ayr hort.therapy project for ArmedForcesVeterans ow.ly/i/c3uCY

    About 6 days ago

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    Charity registered number: 1119786
    Charity registered in Scotland: SC038563
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