We work with numerous organisations and individuals to contribute to the lives of our members and people who require additional support. Every weekday, there are different activities for vulnerable people and we accept numerous referrals from Social Services, the NHS, specialist support organisations such as St Mungos, Age UK, British Heart Foundation and Mencap. We always welcome more volunteers to help with this work, please get in contact if you can help.
At present we have the following regular activities programmed in, which you may be interested in:
Mondays – Cook and Grow 11 -1pm (call for start dates)
Art Group 3-5pm
Therapeutic Gardening 1-3pm
Tuesday – Open Volunteering 2-4pm
Choir 7-9pm (currently full)
Wednesday – Gardening for adults with learning disabilities (with support worker) 2-4pm
Thursday – Young People Autism/SLD gardening group 10.30 -12pm
Mencap Gardening Group 1-3pm
Stuart Low Gardening Group 2-5pm
Friday – Open Volunteering 11-1pm
Room to Heal 2-5pm
We also have regular sessions for local schools by arrangement (please book via 11xq1 scheme which we are a member of)
We have a volunteering sessions the second Sunday of every month 11-2pm.
We usually have various short term projects running at the garden, often in response to the initiative of our members and opportunities being made available by successful project fundraising. Examples include:
- An inclusive choir rehearses at Culpeper on Tuesday evenings
- A wide range of mindfulness (nature meditation activities) with Claire DeBoursac of NatureasNurture supported by the Catalyst foundation.
- A program of 24 arts and crafts activities which ranged from brick laying to pizza making and taught by local volunteers, funded by the Postcode Local Trust
- A walking group
We work with numerous organisations and individuals to contribute to the lives of our members and people who require additional support. Some of the organisations we work with on a weekly basis are:
Art is Healing
We have a large group of artists & gardeners who regularly attend on Monday afternoons. Arts activities with a botanic twist are popular during the winter months, facilitated by our own volunteer resident artist, Igor Barros. We also provide seasonal Gardening and Horticultural training activities suitable for a wide level of skill.
Stuart Low Trust
Stuart Low Trust (SLT) is a health promotion charity based in Islington. Their mission is to ensure that local people, especially those experiencing social isolation or mental distress, have access to the support they need for better health and well-being.
Stuart Low Trust was founded in memory of Stuart Low, a young Islington man with a diagnosis of schizophrenia who took his own life after failing to find the support he needed to cope. SLT aims to counter the downward spiral of mental illness and social isolation by providing a welcoming place of support and community in a non-judgemental space.
SLT run a variety of activities, the majority of which are free or low cost. Most activities are evening and weekend events based in and around Islington. The Trust welcomes all participants regardless of their circumstances or area of residence. No formal arrangements are required to attend.
The Stuart Low Trust has a Plot at Culpeper; and the Garden Group runs on Thursday afternoons. All are welcome to come along, help with weeding, pruning and maintenance and share a cuppa and a chat. The Group is run by volunteers.
Room to Heal
The aim of Room to Heal is supporting people who have survived torture and organised violence to rebuild their lives in exile. At the heart of their work lies the cultivation of a healing community through which people can overcome the legacy of their traumatic experiences. This is complemented by a holistic therapeutic programme and intensive casework support.
Room to Heal began at Culpeper Garden. It was born out of a wish by five refugees for some green space in which to gather and feel free. A corner of our beautiful garden was given to this fledgling group, where each week, they would sit and talk, eat together and work on their plot.
Now the community has grown to 80 people, men and women from 30 different countries who find in Room to Heal a family and place of belonging that helps them find security and meaning in life, and navigate the many challenges they face.
They have their own large Plot, where members can grow vegetables and flowers which remind them of home. Each week a different member cooks a wonderful meal shared with the Group