The Carers Garden, also know as “Natures Gym”, is a space where people experiencing mental health problems can assess a garden to receive positive social support. Many people accessing the project are carers and service users who need help developing social interaction. The garden acts as a respite for the carer and gives them and their service user an area where they can relax. Creative Minds funding has been able to help extend pathways to include wheelchair access deeper into the garden to continue to support people accessing the garden and create extra capacity.
By encouraging wider use of the garden by other community groups it is hoped people using the space will engage with each other and offer further support to each other and share personal experiences. This social interaction helps to build self-confidence, self-esteem and independence.