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SCHOOLS

We believe that Cultivating Change can support work that is already happening in many schools.  Cultivating Change supports mental health and promotes wellbeing by delivering assemblies and growing workshops to local schools and community groups.  To enhance this we donate thousands of packets of herb, vegetable & flower seeds for children to grow at home with their families and provide ‘how to grow’ video resources to support them from our RHS trained volunteer horticulturist. The aim of these activities are to educate, empower and engage children, fostering positive life-long habits and self-care. 

Research shows children struggle with mental health:

 '1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood’ (Gomez, 2022).

 Getting children growing has a positive impact:

'Primary school children taking place in a school-based garden programme reported feeling more positive about their future.’ (RHS 2022)

 

We see the benefits of our work in schools firsthand.

100% of our growers said being part of Cultivating Change had a positive impact on their wellbeing (Cultivating Change 2023)

 

Local schools we’ve worked with have said:

“I greatly appreciate the important message you shared with our school community.

Every child was engaged in each activity. It was wonderful to hear the children singing the 'Live with Nature' song happily to themselves in the playground" (St Faith's School 2024)

 

Time spent engaged in gardening, assemblies and workshop activities will also help the children learn lifelong skills, be aware of where food comes from, provide kinesthetic ways of learning, understand the importance of teamwork, improve their environment by supporting the school garden and their own home environments by taking home new learnt skills and support the children's wellbeing.

 

Cultivating Change can support schools in their journey to become happier, greener spaces and improve young people's connection with nature.

 

What Cultivating Change offers Schools

  • free seed bundles and growing video's.

  • a closed schools Facebook group, allowing you to communicate with other schools in a safe, online space and seek advice from our RHS trained 'sowing & growing' expert.

  • Advice and support for in-school growing opportunities including assemblies and workshops.

 

What do we ask in return?

  • A collaborative engagement with Cultivating Change and the growing community, sharing your experiences of planting, growing and harvesting.  This can be (and is!) different for everyone! 

The scale of your involvement is very much up to you.  From growing a small selection of herbs on a windowsill, to using horticulture as therapy to support student wellbeing – Cultivating Change can support you through seed donation and collaboration.

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I can't thank you enough - what a fabulous morning! The children were all talking about it during lunch time and all the teachers & TA's loved it too! It was perfect! Can't wait for next year!

I greatly appreciate the important message you shared with our school community

Cultivating Change has brought green & light & joy to an otherwise inner-city London classroom.

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