What is Social & Therapeutic Horticulture (STH)?
Social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) is the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health.
What's the story behind Serenity STH
Serenity was set up by Dr Satinder Sanghera, a former GP Partner for 20 years. In 2015 Satinder retired following ill health, when she set up SerenitySTH. She returned to work as a GP in 2020.
Satinder became a doctor despite suffering a dense stroke at age 20 and with disability went on to have an extensive career in General Practice, clinical commissioning, mental health and now as a horticultural therapist.
Alongside husband Mike an expert in DIY, the couple have installed a vegetable and cut flower area with raised beds, greenhouse, polytunnel, workshop for tea breaks and disabled ecotoilet. A keen gardener for 30 years, Satinder designed and executed further works on the garden which has since opened to the public under the National Garden Scheme. From here and with a dedicated team of volunteer therapists, Satinder ran horticultural therapy for adults with physical disability, long term health conditions and mental illness. building a set of activities for each client to improve their particular health needs, and to work on personalised goals. Gardening was used to bring about positive changes in the lives of adults living with physical disability, mental health issues or social isolation.
Our garden is peaceful and restorative and it provides a special place for rehabilitation and recovery. Having the opportunity to develop an understanding of Nature based therapies gives our visitors benefits that can last a lifetime. With this is mind and in light of the Covid Pandemic, SerenitySTH changed course in 2021, providing wellbeing support for NHS frontline workers.
We offer additional wellbeing activities including tai chi and mindfulness. Our yellow labrador Bonnie arrived as a young pup in 2019. Our visitors love her as she is gentle and provides endless amusement. We have pigs, hens, geese, sheep and a few Spring lambs frolicking about.
Who is eligible to attend?
In 2021 we have teamed up with NENC Staff Health & Wellbeing, supporting our NHS colleagues.
How can I apply?
This year we have teamed up with NHS North-East staff health and well-being. We can take groups of up to 21 NHS frontline staff per session.
For further information, and to book a place please follow the links below:
When are the sessions?
Due to the Pandemic we are open for a short season this year. For further details please visit the above link
You can attend on one of the following dates:
11th June, 18th June, 25th June or 2nd July from 9.30am to 1pm each Friday morning
Due to demand and positive feedback, a further session has been added Friday morning of 10th September 2021
How much does it cost?
There is no fee to attend but you can make a voluntary donation towards light refreshments