STEP OUT FOR TRELLIS THIS MAY
Whilst gardening has been a lifeline for many over the past year, most people we help have been further excluded from gardens and gardening and left at greater disadvantage in the past 12 months by the disruption to support services they might usually access. Our support gives staff, volunteers and beneficiaries across a wide variety of settings (hospitals, care homes and mental health groups to name just a few) the skills, know-how, resources and inspiration to ensure that gardening activities continue to brighten the days and improve the wellbeing of around 12,000 vulnerable and isolated people across Scotland.
Help us to reach out to the people in society worst affected by the pandemic restrictions: elderly people isolated in care settings, people living with health conditions or disabilities who have been shielding and whose contact with the outside world has diminished over the past 12 months.
Our work is never more needed.
By Taking on the Step Out For Trellis Challenge in May, or by donating to our campaign, you can make a difference to people like Mary:
Mary is sitting in her chair looking out at the garden. She has hardly seen her family for a year because they haven’t been allowed to visit. She’s scared, confused and lonely. Then Beth comes in, the care home’s activity co-ordinator, and she’s carrying a parcel. She enthuses about the session she attended the other day with Trellis and now the parcel has arrived – full of seeds, pots and simple instructions. They are going to make an edible flower patch, she says. And several pairs of eyes light up. Because for a time Mary and other residents have something meaningful to do, their spirits are lifted, it connects them to nature and brings back memories of happy times – times when they used to garden with their grandfather or grandchildren. And even better, they have something to look after and nurture, to watch grow and flourish in the coming months.
You can take on our StepOutForTrellis challenge to clock 50 miles in the month of May, or create a challenge of your own over a day, a week or the whole month. With Mental Health Awareness Week on 10-16th May, there is no better time to put some time into your own Mental Wellbeing too and Step Out for Trellis.