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LOFA & Thrive: A partnership that improves lives

Published: 23 November 2022 - Neil Mead

Thrive, the charity that helps people with their mental and physical health through gardening has teamed up with the Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association, (LOFA) to help more people access their life changing gardening sessions. 


Through a process called Social Therapeutic Horticulture, (STH) Thrive have proven that gardening can have a profound impact on physical and mental well-being. LOFA are committed to supporting their work by donating £5,000 each year. By working together, we can help more people living with disabilities, ill health, isolation, or disadvantage to enjoy the many benefits of gardening.

Thrive have three regional centres in Reading, London, and Birmingham, as well as outreach programmes in schools, hostels, hospitals, and care homes across the UK, they deliver social and therapeutic horticulture programmes that help people to improve their physical and mental health, communication and thinking skills. LOFA have made a commitment going forward to help charities that have a link to our industry as we, more than anyone know the benefits of being outside in the garden.  That is why we are committed to helping Thrive transform lives across the UK.

Thrive supports and works with a wide range of people... those who have physical or learning disabilities; those requiring mental health support needs, such as anxiety attacks. The charity also reaches out to older adults affected by dementia-related problems including stroke survivors and diabetes sufferers among others - alongside young individuals struggling socially/emotionally or behavioural difficulties.

This is an amazing opportunity for LOFA to help people in local communities and we are really looking forward to working with Thrive. Gardening can be so beneficial for people's mental health, and it is great that LOFA can play a part in this. If you would like to find out more about the work that Thrive do, please visit their website, or better still donate.


Spread some Christmas magic and help Thrive & LOFA raise £16,000 this festive season.

Thrive know that gardening can bring positive change to people’s lives, and LOFA support their philosophy 100% so that is why they’ve pledged to help with Thrive’s first BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE!

The BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE is the UK’s biggest match funding campaign. For seven days this holiday season, donors will have their donations doubled if they support Thrive through The Big Give!

Below shows Thrive’s aims in this their first year of being a part of this fantastic opportunity.


LOFA have pledged £4,000 to Thrive’s Pledge pot.

The Big Give then find Champion Funders to, hopefully, match the LOFA pledge building a match pot of up to £6,000 for The Charity.

And this is where you come in! Starting on Giving Tuesday, 29 November – Tuesday 6 December, this pledge pot will be used to double all public donations made to Thrive through The Big Give website.

For one week only you can donate to this great cause and help LOFA and Thrive raise much needed funds to continue to use gardening to help people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable

Overall, Thrive are aiming to raise £12,000 all through the superpower of gardening.

LOFA are excited to be helping Thrive who have proven that social and therapeutic horticulture can have a profound impact on physical and mental well-being.



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