National garden therapy charity Thrive will launch its training program globally as it allows its online training to be accessed worldwide from September this year.
As the last few years has seen a growing interest in the Green Care movement, the charity has responded to increased demand from people wanting to learn about Social and Therapeutic Horticulture
To support large numbers of individuals and organisations who would like to begin using, or improve the use of, horticulture for health and wellbeing, Thrive is introducing an accessible programme of online education.
The courses will draw on decades of experience of setting up, delivering, monitoring and quality assuring countless Green Care in the UK and internationally, as well as the charity’s 20 year partnership with Coventry University.
The new e-learning courses will complement Thrive’s existing face-to-face programme and there will be a series of free and paid-for courses.
From September 2017 there will be three initial courses will be available on the Thrive website.
The courses offered are:
- The Principles of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture
- Goal Setting in Green Care
- Award in STH
Dr Sean Morrissey, training and education officer at Thrive, said: “The courses are really interactive and easy to use.
“There are great opportunities for interaction with the course tutors and other course participants. We’ve designed the courses to be fully accessible, even for people who normally don’t like technology, and importantly they will enable people across the globe to access our highly regarded training.”
He added: “Health and social care professionals, commissioners, groups of volunteers and anyone working in, or with an interest in Green Care and gardens for health, will be able to access our training. New courses are planned for the future.”