It’s National Gardening Week and, as many of us are spending more time in our gardens, we’d like to reflect on how outdoor projects at our Tedworth House Recovery Centre, funded by our partner Moto in the Community, have supported our beneficiaries in their recovery journeys.
Moto staff have been fundraising for us since the partnership’s inception in 2012, raising £2.8 million to date. Some of this has gone towards funding our Nature Recovery Project, offering veterans the opportunity to learn new skills whilst improving and protecting the woodland environment surrounding Tedworth House.
Beneficiaries are enjoying courses in everything from tree felling and blacksmithing to heating metal and hammer techniques – skills they can look to take forward into new jobs. Some of them have even been busy building a woodland camp and outdoor classroom which will become the project’s HQ.
We also offer a 12-week gardening club, run weekly, providing our beneficiaries the opportunity to participate in regular activity, learn gardening skills outside their homes and to socialise with others who have similar interests. Often participants go onto to complete our City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture course.
For many of our veterans, being immersed in nature is invaluable to their recovery journeys, not just physically, but also psychologically. It helps improve their mental wellbeing and confidence, which leads to more positive relationships and a better outlook on life. The project really helps our beneficiaries to find a new sense of purpose – and it’s all made possible thanks to Moto in the Community.
Moto in the Community are proud to be supporting the Nature Recovery projects at Tedworth House Recovery Centre. As our National Charity Partner, Help for Heroes’ work to support wounded veterans and their families recover and get on with their lives continues to inspire us. We are delighted to play a key role in this project to support beneficiaries in their recovery journeys. Some of our colleagues at Moto have volunteered within the gardens of Tedworth House and have been able to experience first- hand the positive effects of nature recovery on Help for Heroes’ beneficiaries. – Brian Larkin, MITC Chairman