We are currently fundraising for a Garden Coordinator, based at our large allotment space in Henley-on-Thames.
Our allotment is a safe space where autistic people can enjoy therapeutic activity in a quiet place, while gaining gardening skills and enjoying enjoy the fresh air.
We are developing the Henley allotment into a thriving community space for all autistic children and adults living in and around Henley-on-Thames. We are grateful to the Rotary Club of Henley-on-Thames for funding a poly-tunnel and building equipment. The Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation has made a pledged to support the project with gardening equipment and travel costs for our gardeners.
Many adults with autism have little or no budget to access activities, which can lead to isolation and loneliness, especially if they are living independently. Both adults and children with autism are also often affected by sensory overload, which can cause distress to the autistic individual. Some families are put off taking part in community activities because of other people’s reactions to their child.
Our allotment is a place where autistic children and adults can just ‘be’, providing focus on a range of activities and encouraging more people with autism to enjoy gardening. Gardening is an established form of therapy to improve the health, well-being and inclusion of vulnerable people, with numerous benefits and opportunities:
Please support us with a donation.