Growing Together

Growing Together

28th July, 2016

Growing Together

At Headway Cambridgeshire we offer specialist rehabilitation for people with brain injuries. A vital part of the treatment is Horticultural Therapy which helps to increase psychological, physical and emotional wellbeing for those who have experienced a brain injury.

In order to develop and build on this work we are launching a gardening project called Growing Together. The six-month scheme aims to get experienced and not so experienced gardeners together, along with people who have suffered brain injuries so that all the participants can share their knowledge and learn both about gardening and about brain injury.

The six month course is free and is a sustainable venture underpinned by organic and permaculture principles. It will provide an opportunity for participants to help other people as well as develop their own skills. The aim is to support Headway clients to increase their gardening knowledge and enable them to move into voluntary or paid employment.

Growing Together is a project for adults who live in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough. The weekly course will offer volunteers the chance to develop the hands-on experience and confidence to work in a horticulture setting and to support people with brain injuries to do the same. It will also be an enjoyable experience for all concerned and will provide an opportunity to meet new people.

The project will run from mid-September 2016 until mid-March 2017:

  • 10.30 am to 12.30 pm every Thursday at the Headway Garden, situated at Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, near Cambridge
  • 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm every Thursday at the Headway Garden at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough.
Transport costs will be covered.

If you would like to volunteer and be part of this very special project, please contact Simon Lacey for more information.

Simon Lacey, Rehabilitation Worker, Horticultural Therapist, Fulbourn & Peterborough Telephone: 01223 576550 Email:

As a brain injured person it can sometimes be hard to feel positive about your progress but the gym instructor at Headway Cambridgeshire pushes me in the right direction and helps me to feel more enthusiastic about what I am able to achieve and what I might achieve in the future.