S inead D rew (01) 487 5660
sinead @ gardenwell . org
www . gardenwell . org
Gardening Right for your employees. Right for you.
S taying A ctive , C onnected ,
Gardening empowers us to be more active, connected, and engaged in life - key ingredients for living
healthier, more fulfilling and longer lives!
Staying active â€” walking, watering, pruning, cleaning tools and getting moderate regular exercise â€” helps with both our physical and mental wellbeing. Gardening is an excellent way for aging bodies to get a moderate-intensity aerobic workout, shed calories, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and stay flexible. Staying connected with friends, family, and community is critical to remaining healthy, vital, and active. There is no better activity to support these
programmes often involve contributing
season garden clubs. These groups
interactions than gardening. Connecting
to the local community and many
involve participants in a wide array of
with friends and family and sharing our
nonprofits, boards, groups and places
activities related to plants, gardening,
time, wisdom, and experience helps us
of worship would be unable to function
nature and the outdoor environment.
maintain a sense of purpose, gets us out
without the time and dedication of older
of the house, and keeps us engaged,
Club members meet weekly or twice a
focused, and learning.
month. There is also a monthly garden or
The GardenWell social, recreational and
nature-related outing. Read on to find out
Staying engaged benefits you and
therapeutic gardening programme offers
more about active gardening and what
the community at large. Gardening
you the opportunity to participate in four-
GardenWell can offer you.
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Staying Active, Connected, and Engaged with Gardening The GardenWell Programme for Active Retired About Sinead Drew and GardenWell - Brief bio and mission. How GardenWell can help - Gardening and horticulture activities and programmes.
“Kind hearts are the garden, kind thoughts are the root, kind words are the blossoms, kind deeds are the fruit ” - John Ruskin
B enefits of G ardening Gardening is a wonderfully flexible medium that can transform lives, regardless of age or ability.
T he G arden W ell P rogramme for A ctive R etired WHAT
related to plants, gardening, nature
Garden programmes for active
and the outdoor environment.
retirement groups. Offering gardening and social, recreational and therapeutic garden activities. WHY Gardening empowers us to be more active, connected, and engaged in life
Club members usually meet weekly or sometimes twice a month. There is also a monthly garden or naturerelated outing. Other activities include:
The benefits of a sustained and active interest in gardening include: • Better physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility • Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement • The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion
more fulfilling and longer lives!
►► Creating seasonal fresh-cut floral arrangements
►► Indoor plantscaping and plant care
Ask your local active retirement
►► Creating magnificent hanging baskets and window boxes
GardenWell uses the principles of
►► Garden- and nature-related outings
endurance, strength, flexibility,
GardenWell social, recreational and
►► Tending flower gardens
prevention) to realize everyone’s
►► Cooking with produce and herbs from the gardens
potential for physical, social, and
►► Learning how to attract birds and butterflies to our gardens
in a society that provides us with
- key ingredients for living healthier,
association or contact Sinead Drew by phoning 01 487 5660 or 087 6977486.
therapeutic gardening programme offers you the opportunity to participate in four-season garden clubs. These groups involve participants in a wide array of activities
• Just feeling better for being in touch with nature
Active Ageing (activities that increase balance, and the principles of injury
mental well-being and to participate adequate protection, security and care when we need it.
USING NATURE TO NURTURE GardenWell Vision: To enrich peoples’ lives through the therapeutic joys of gardening. To be inclusive, respective and caring to all people at any stage of live. By providing supportive, professional and positive gardening programmes, GardenWell aims to lighten the load of everyday life, to spark an unknown interest or passion and allow each person to blossom in their own way and time.
S inead D rew :
G arden W ell
programme that I first saw how essential positive training is to recovery and
I was brought up in a large family with a sprawling garden … Roses, Camellias, a gorgeous Clematis Montana and tons of daylilies … I was lucky to have a mother who was a keen
development. At that time, I had never even heard of horticultural therapy or
gardener and who bestowed upon me her knowledge and love of plants and flowers...
Profile My activities are varied but focus on championing the benefits of gardening to individuals and organisations, as well as teaching techniques and practical applications so that everyone can take part and enjoy gardening. I have experience with many garden projects serving a wide variety of agencies and individuals. One of my key activities is to help marginalised people to enjoy and to continue gardening. I offer help and
therapeutic horticulture. My quest for more knowledge
continued, a formal qualification in
... Most days I would be handed out
luck would have it, I got my break
tasks that, with hindsight, would lay
co-coordinating and running a pilot
many of the foundations for what I do
horticultural activity programme in
today. The lawn had to be mown, the
a new state-of-the-art residential
onions weeded, carrots thinned or
care facility catering for people with
perhaps the strawberries harvested.
a variety of conditions ranging from
I spent a long time in the garden and,
depression, challenging behaviours,
despite my tender age, learnt how to do
autism, acquired brain injuries, the blind
horticulture followed and then, as
many basic horticultural tasks. I learnt
the cycle of nature.
This contentment is something I always refer back to, especially when I’m feeling down. The garden and
“Sinead has a fantastic ability to motivate others to do meaningful activities, she encourages self belief and independence. It’s just amazing
I went on to do a postgraduate qualification in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture
gardening itself has
how much positive feedback
never failed to be a
the participants give .”
Dr. Tom O’Brien
source of inspiration and comfort for me. For many years this
did not translate into anything other than a private richness. I did my B.A degree in Communications and I studied
in Coventry paved the way for experiences
in many garden projects that have served a wide variety of agencies and individuals.
advice and practical experience.
Physical Therapy for a time, I worked
Today, my work at GardenWell aims
many different jobs. My husband and I
to be a bridge between the world of
I offer vocational horticulture training
gardened together from almost the first
horticulture and the world of health.
and tailored gardening programmes and
day we bought our first home but in our
Simple things – cutting a hedge,
curricula for many client populations.
own time. The thought of gardening as a
planting a tray of sunflowers – can
vocation never entered my mind.
lighten the load of everyday life, can
I also conduct research to increase understanding of the power that
It was when I worked as a facilitator
gardening has to change people’s lives.
in an activity based rehabilitation
spark an unknown interest or passion and allow each person to blossom in their own way and time.
W h at G a r d e n W e l l O f f e r s “Being part of the garden programme has helped me become more independent and motivated” “Sinead is very easy to talk to, she can get the best out of me which is very good. She motivates me to garden”
Using my passion for the power of gardening to positively impact the lives of people, I will: n Teach practical and creative ways to use gardening n Support positive social bonds n Learn more about how gardening helps you
“The most valuable thing Sinead has done for me is to keep me focused on what I am doing, my concentration levels have really increased”
n Talk about what I do and how I help others to help their community be a better place by using gardening n Work with active retirement associations and the individuals they serve Sinead offers a person centred series of engaging plant and natural craft activities as part of every GardenWell programme. To find out more about SInead Drew and GardenWell: n visit www.gardenwell.org
n Phone 01 487 5660
01 487 5660 087 6977 486
n or send an email to email@example.com
G arden S ystems
If your group has limited access to outdoor space, or local restrictions that prevent the establishment of an outdoor garden, indoor gardening is an excellent alternative. During wet and cold conditions Mobile Gardens are perfect for indoor activities.