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About SAGE

SAGE stands for Support Arts Gardening Education. We promote the mental and physical well-being of adults experiencing mental health problems via the provision of creative therapeutic activities.

Who do we support?

We can offer support to men or women over 18 whose life is troubled by mental health issues. These might range from mild to severe and include diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,  panic attacks and PTSD. We are also able to accommodate adults who have a dual diagnosis of learning disability &/or physical disability. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate children during any of our group sessions.

Singing at our open day

Why we were set up

SAGE was established in 1999 as a small voluntary gardening group set up after a needs assessment commissioned by Pitsmoor Surgery, which confirmed a high incidence of mental health problems in the area and a low take up of available services. We decided to set up a project that had a non-clinical and non-threatening feel but would still give focused, professional support. The sort of gardening we provide is called Therapeutic Horticulture. You can find out more about therapeutic horticulture here.

Flowers on the main allotment

Our Evolution

In 2006 we became a Registered Charity and Company Limited by guarantee and we started offering various sorts of creative therapy including arts and crafts, singing, cook and eat sessions, fishing etc. We have an office base connected to Pitsmoor Surgery and are managed by a Trustee Board. We employ several part-time staff and benefit from excellent input by volunteers and student placements.

How are our clients referred?

Adults are usually referred to us by a health or social services professional such as a GP, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Counsellor, Social worker etc. We also take self-referrals but will ask for a referral form to be completed by such a professional to ensure we offer appropriate complementary support. You can find out how to be referred or to make a referral here.

 

One of our members with the pumpkin she grew.

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