Natalie McCall MA. MSc. has been experimenting with Social & Therapeutic Horticulture in the 3rd Sector since 2008. She works in urban communities high on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation impacted by social, environmental, economic & health injustices. She brings an ethic of climate activism, sustainability and community empowerment within a therapeutic frame, and is informed by permaculture principles for design, process & reflection.
Over the years Natalie has worked with a wide range of participants including with recovery groups; with asylum seekers & refugees; with adults living with a wide range of additional support needs including ASD, Alzheimer's Disease, vision & physical impairment, learning challenges, brain injury, depression, anxiety, OCD & schizophrenia; with participants classified as 'forensic' ; with women & girls impacted by FGM, trafficking & other gender based violence; with people in complex relationship to alcohol and other substances; with people who are at risk of self harm, with people impacted by Covid & with people who are reaching the end of their lives.
She has designed, developed & managed a large number of therapeutic gardens & greenspaces across the Central Belt, designed person centred therapeutic seasonal programmes & nurtured partnership projects with social care & mental health orgs. She enjoys working herself to redundancy through capacity building in each roles she takes on. During Lockdown she completed COSCA Introduction to Counselling qualification and is now training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; with the view to integrating CBT with nature based mental health recovery. Natalie is keen to play her part in building STH as an accredited profession in Scotland, and has an especial nerdiness for monitoring, evaluation & reflective practice.