Friends of Twigs

Friends of Twigs is an independent charity which gives financial and practical support to TWIGS and the Olive Tree Café, two mental health projects in Swindon. We have no administration costs.

TWIGS (Therapeutic Work In Gardening in Swindon) provides horticultural and related craft therapy and the Olive Tree Café (which we helped set up in 2011) provides positive work-related opportunities for people recovering from mental illness – something that affects one in four of us at some time in our lives, directly or indirectly. Both projects give people a chance to regain confidence and self-esteem and to learn new skills and can be transforming: “TWIGS provided a lifeline when my life was filled with despair and hopelessness… I found the space and support I needed to believe that a different future was possible.”

Friends of Twigs has helped to cover additional staffing and training costs, and to pay for garden structures, tools and seeds, livestock, kitchen equipment, IT, and much else.