People, Life, Landscape and Nature (PoLLeN)

PoLLeN is a social therapeutic horticulture project which began at the Bromley by Bow Centre in early 2010 and is for adults with direct experience of mental distress. The central aim of the project is to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of individuals through engagement with the natural environment.

Read the PoLLeN Evaluation, full report here

Read the PoLLeN Evaluation, summary report here

Out & About

Out & About sits with the Bromley by Bow Centre's Adult Health and Wellbeing Programme (My Life). It supports older people, aged 60 years and above, to engage with their local community through a range of health, social and creative activities.

Out & About supports older people to access a menu of activities at the Centre including Young@Art, Healthy Lifestyles and Grandparent's Brunch Club. The project works closely with services across the Centre including Time Bank, Social Welfare Advice and Financial Capability and My Life, as well as a range of local projects and partners. The principal components of Out & About have been offered at the Bromley by Bow Centre for several years, but were brough together under Out & About project.

Read the Out & About Evaluation report here

Social Prescribing and gardening

Dr. Sir Sam Everington, OBE, talks about social prescribing and gardening with Jane Garvey, guest editor of Woman's Hour.

See also King's Fund report, Gardens and health Implications for policy and practice.