Friends of Twigs
Friends of Twigs
is an independent charity which exists to support TWIGS and the Olive Tree Cafe both practically – some of us volunteer our time – and financially.
The Path of Life Garden
The Path of Life Garden
The Path of Life garden was designed and built by volunteers at TWIGS. It represents the journey back to mental well being and can be used to assess where people are in their journey. Friends of Twigs funded the pergola seen in the picture.
The Olive Tree Cafe
The Olive Tree Cafe
Friends of Twigs funded the setting up of the Olive Tree Cafe to give volunteers at TWIGS wider opportunities in public facing roles. The Olive Tree is now an independent charity which Friends of Twigs continues to support.
TWIGS Chicken
TWIGS Chicken
Friends of Twigs bought the chickens (and their run) for TWIGS where they are a firm favourite all year round but especially with children on open days.

Our achievements

We are extremely grateful to the many people who have given their time to help us at events, and to all those who have given or raised money for Friends of Twigs – however large or small the amount, it all helps to make TWIGS the amazing place it is and is greatly appreciated. We are also grateful to Zurich for their continuing support.

The money rom the achievements below supports all areas of the excellent work that is done at TWIGS. We provide seeds, tools and equipment for the gardens, craft and woodworking materials, money for site improvement and security, office equipment, livestock, and much more besides. Thanks to some impressive fundraising efforts, we have also been able to bridge a major funding gap and thus limit enforced cutbacks to staffing levels so that the many people who rely on TWIGS for their mental well being may continue to do so.

In 2011 we helped to launch the Olive Tree Cafe which has since grown from strength to strength and is now an independent charity. We have given money to the cafe for equipment and volunteer events, and continue to support it. We value the close links between it and TWIGS.

In January 2012 several members of the King family climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and later braved Family Fortunes on TV on our behalf and raised an incredible £15,000.

On 11th May 2013 Belinda Platt and her sister took their courage in both hands and leapt off an alarmingly high 418ft tower at the National Abseil Centre in Northampton for Friends of Twigs, raising £2000 for us. This money has been split equally between TWIGS and the Olive Tree Café.

On 27th July Anna Millard swam, cycled and ran the Virgin Sprint Triathlon. She finished in great style and is extremely grateful to the many people who sponsored her and helped to raise over £1400 for Friends of Twigs.