Service Type: Employment & Learning

Service Profile

Chrysalis is a SAMH social and therapeutic horticulture service delivering the SAMH GROW programme

GROW combines Therapeutic Horticulture and practical skills in gardening to aid our clients in their recovery from mental health issues.

GROW is a structured programme lasting two years:

GROW Foundation, introduces our clients to gardening, we deliver a wide range of activities from maintenance to vegetable growing, in a safe and therapeutic environment.

GROW Progression, on completion of GROW Foundation our clients are given the option of continuing with the programme. GROW Progression increases our clients knowledge of horticulture subjects covered range from plant production to how plants interact with each other and soil structures etc

Both programmes have their own certificates which are endorsed by recognised Horticulture bodies. We also work to horticulture industry standards. Throughout both years our clients work to an individual "PDP" Personal Development Plan, with regular reviews of their progress, in the final three months of GROW Progression we direct/signpost our clients into Education, Employment and/or Volunteering

The service operates from Monday to Fridays, 9am – 4pm all year round

Funding is in the form of an annual grant from NHS Tayside. In kind support is received from Dundee City Council

Staff Members:

• Kevin Bruce, Team Leader

Joyce Cuthbert, Horticulture Practitioner

Working at The Chrysalis Project

Kevin, Team Leader, says:

"I have worked for SAMH for ten years. The best part of my job is arriving at work on a spring morning when there is a mist hovering above the gardens and the new plants are just starting to burst into life"

My story

"Chrysalis gives me a reason to get up in the mornings; the days are filled with lots to do in the garden, which makes me feel good. Even on a day when I'm feeling down I find a day’s work in the garden helps me get away from the negative thinking that goes with depression."


Chrysalis can support up to 30 people per year

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