Gardening for Wellbeing – Peterborough Citadel

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Gardening for Wellbeing helps people who are suffering from anxiety, depression or loneliness by providing practical and emotional support. The group is small (about 6 people) and in a quiet attractive space. The volunteers are very welcoming and friendly and easy to chat to.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • It’s a small, friendly community group of people getting to know each other whilst enjoying gardening.
  • The group members and volunteers share their experiences and teach/learn new skills in a supportive environment.
  • There are opportunities to volunteer, which can give a sense of purpose.

 “I have been attending the gardening group since the beginning of 2021. I enjoy attending the weekly sessions. We get involved with a number of various tasks which include planting bulbs and bedding plants in pots, pruning bushes, watering and weeding and last year we dismantled a garden seat, revarnished it and re-assembled it. I find it a good way to interact with others, make new friends while enjoying God’s creation.”

Rachel introduces the gardening group she leads:

What to expect

This group is open to all – no prior knowledge or experience is needed, but if you have any to share that is very welcome!

Gardening takes place in a patio area beside the building, and is in troughs and pots. You will take part in planting, weeding, pruning, and harvesting, and sometimes painting the pots or troughs. They grow herbs for the kitchen to use in the day centre meals, flowers to give to groups, and summer bedding flowers and plants to make the area an enjoyable space for everyone to relax in.

No special equipment is needed, though you may want to bring your own gardening gloves. Everything else is provided. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable to wear outside and get dirty.

There are benches to sit and rest, and coffee/tea is available all day. The building and patio are wheelchair accessible, and they can arrange raised level beds for people with mobility issues. There are toilets in the main building, including a disabled toilet.

If you arrive by foot, go into the main front door which opens to the reception area. If you park behind the building, come through the back door and follow the hallway around to reception. Check in with reception on arrival and they will tell you were to go, or someone can meet you at the door and bring you through – just let them know ahead of time if you’d like this.

There is plenty of parking at the rear of the building. The carpark entrance is off Peppercorn Close.

More information

The Peterborough Citadel Church & Community Centre also offers the following:

  • Homeless drop-in with shower, shave, hot drinks, and mobile phone charging available
  • Craft Time
  • Day Centre for older people
  • Luncheon Club for all ages
  • Tiddlypeeps – a fun parent and toddler group with singing and storytelling
  • Coffee morning
  • A free Debt Advice Centre

…as well as having a Sunday Worship Service on a Sunday. You can find more details as well as times and days on their website.

This activity is free.

See where to go from the back carpark:

How to contact

Where to go

The Salvation Army
1203 Bourges Boulevard
Peterborough PE1 2AU

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