Freedom from Torture - Friendship and wellbeing at Glasgow's Healing Neighbourhoud Therapeutic Garden

Friendship and wellbeing at Glasgow's Healing Neighbourhoud Therapeutic Garden

Since January 2017, Freedom from Torture has been transforming the derelict Caledonian Road Church into a Healing Neighbourhood Therapeutic Garden.

This iconic Glasgow building was designed by Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson in the 1850s (his nickname was inspired by the Classical influences on his architectural designs). Destroyed by fire in 1965, the church sat derelict for half a century, before being reactivated in 2014 by local art organisation WAVEparticle, who have hosted temporary art exhibitions, events and workshops open to all.

The Healing Neighbourhood Therapeutic Garden builds on these activities, providing a contemplative space where we can reconnect with nature and with each other. As well as ongoing gardening work, we look forward to hosting a variety of therapeutic activities in the Healing Garden with a focus on friendship, shared learning and well-being.

These activities can play a crucial role in torture survivors’ processing their trauma, and rebuilding their lives. A member of our gardening group in London has said:

Every Wednesday became a very special day for me, and I would look forward to it all week. It's not just about groceries and vegetables, it's about friendship. We worked together, we cooked and ate together. I found a community here.

Would you like to learn more about gardening or share your knowledge and experience? Would you like to support our service users, by building friendships and contributing to a shared community resource?

We are looking for volunteers and would love to hear from you. Please contact Dylan Fotoohi for further information, or complete our simple application form.




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