The Resilience Garden project, due to start Autumn 2020, will engage local men recovering from mental health illnesses, to design, create and maintain a community garden at Aldershot Military Museum.

The aim is to involve 60 men over a year, from both the Armed Forces and civilian communities. The project will bring these participants together to support their own mental health recovery, developing personal and social resilience through a supported, collaborative activity.

This will be an alternative intervention aside from local support services. Participants will be invited to drop-in sessions and facilitated courses during the creation of the garden. These activities will be designed to enable them to develop trust and confidence in others, as well as learn new skills and coping mechanisms.

Once the garden is complete, the aim is for participants to become peer mentors and volunteers, encouraging their wider networks to join them in utilising the garden for mental health support. The garden will become a place of continued shared learning, and development, as well as improving community integration through common ground.

The Resilience Garden project has been generously funded by the MOD Covenant Fund and Hampshire Gardens Trust, and will be supported by local services, including the North East Hants Recovery College and Blooming Marvellous Community Garden Project.