The Good Life now has a long term track record of successfully harnessing the appeal of allotment activities to attract residents who have already been identified as suffering mental ill-health and are isolated. It provides a safe and supportive environment to help them manage their mental health challenges, it draws them out of isolation and helps them become more physically active. It facilitates the growth in skills and confidence necessary for re-engaging with their local community.
Horticultural therapy has been used for many decades and research shows that there are clear mental health benefits to working outdoors and contributing to the cultivated and natural environment. Our learning through our evaluation, feedback from beneficiaries and independent research shows that beneficiaries particularly appreciate that Good Life provides a safe and secure space for them that is welcoming, non-judgmental, non-medical and unpressured. This is critical for them to start to build back their confidence, make friends and reduce their social and physical anxieties.
Many feel that before attending Good Life they had rarely left their home for many months or in some cases years. Our research confirms that Good Life is doing what it is set up to do.
Good Life's Evaluation
A report was commissioned by Pendle Leisure Trust in May 2017. Its purpose is to provide an independent evaluation of aspects of the Good Life allotment therapy project.
Thrive are a gardening for health national charity who have done amazing work and brought about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. Read about Thrive's research on therapeutic horticulture and gardening.
We commissioned a social return on investment (SROI) to evaluate the Good Life Project and review the wider context of value, putting a financial proxy on the project that is presented in monetary value terms. Read about the first year baseline report and outcomes.