Perpetual assists those in need in promoting health and well-being. Through individually-tailored STH programmes and with caring and observant encouragement, The therapy can help clients develop physical, cognitive, social and emotional spectrums.
Perpetual makes use of the passive qualities of nature to provide levels of sensory stimulus and impact that help towards achieving positive outcomes.
I work with a range of people who are disadvantaged by age, circumstance or ability. My clients include those recovering from illness, people with learning and behavioural difficulties and people with mental health issues, such as depression.
As a horticultural therapist, I usually will work with small groups of people or with individuals on a one-to-one basis. Typically, I spend three hours planning and evaluating work, and five hours working directly with clients to enable them to access horticulture as a therapeutic medium.
• Setting tasks according to the physical and mental needs and abilities of individuals
• Teaching individuals horticultural tasks such as sowing seeds, setting out plants, planting out, lawn mowing, soil preparation and pruning
• Educating clients to use tools and materials safely
• Helping individuals record their activities and achievements by writing simple summaries or drawing pictures;
• Interacting with individuals to develop confidence and self-esteem through their work
• Assisting individuals to improve their social and practical horticulture skills
• Encouraging individuals to gain pleasure from land use
• Assessing the effectiveness of individual programmes
• Adjusting activities to make them more effective