North Swindon MP joined representatives and supporters from TWIGS Community Gardens, The Olive Tree Café and Pinecones Community Café to celebrate the launch of The Recovery Tree.
The Recovery Tree is a new partnership between the three organisation, which will allow them to work together and support people experiencing difficulties with their mental health.
The Recovery Tree hopes to build on the initiatives being run by the three organisation, and its plans include:
- Expanding its craft offer to reach more people in more places.
- Setting up a bereavement garden and running bereavement support groups for adults experiencing grief.
- Setting up an inclusive Rainbow Garden, designed to be a stunning physical symbol of the charity's commitments to supporting diversity of all kinds.
- Setting up a Young Person's Nature Group to offer green activities to support the mental health of younger people.
Justin Tomlinson said: “I have been a long-standing supporter of these charities both as a customer and in the capacity of helping to secure grants for their long-term future. I am absolutely thrilled to see this next chapter.
“There is a real buzz and excitement and it’s a testament to the great work of the teams of volunteers. So many members of our local community have benefitted from the services and events that are provided by The Recovery Tree Charity projects and this is a very proud day for everybody.”