How you can help

Please help us to support people in the local community with such a wide variety of needs. You can do this by:


Become a support volunteer

You do not need to be an expert gardener or very ‘crafty’ – an empathy for people and a capacity to work alongside others in a kind, gentle and non-judgmental way is what we look for.

We seek a diversity of experience in our support volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering in the Garden please contact us.

Once you’ve been there you really want to be part of it. … the garden has a magic


Be part of the ethos of our Garden – ‘be kind, be gentle, be non-judgemental’.

Potential Supported Volunteers

We welcome anyone to the garden who could benefit from what we offer. We support people with a wide variety of need due to physical or mental health conditions, learning disabilities and isolation due to various circumstances.

We offer gardening, crafting and the opportunity to learn new skills in a safe and friendly space.

It is important that people are well enough to manage their own condition and ask for the help they need.

We take referrals from agencies and GPs, and it is possible to self-refer.

Outside Support Contact Details.

“Its tranquillity, its beauty, its peace, the nature, the fun [and] the acceptance. It’s calming – it helps with my anxiety and I’m making new friends.”

Challenge events

Thank you for choosing to raise money for the Patchworking Garden Project!

Setting yourself a challenge is a great way of doing something incredible and achieving a personal goal, while raising awareness and money for our charity.

Sign up for any challenge, or even create one yourself, and let us know you’re fundraising for the Patchworking Garden Project so we can share your challenge with our supporters.

Here are a few ideas:

challenge events

Buy a lottery ticket in the Mole Valley Community Lottery


Support us, win prizes, it’s a win-win for us both!

50% of all tickets sold from our page will help support our work in the Garden … including the upgrade to our workshop.  Only £1 per week for the chance to win prizes of up to £25,000!


Organisation and Grant Support


How your business or organisation can get involved

If you are part of a company, local authority or local membership group looking to raise funds for a community project we would love to hear from you.  Your support will directly fund the running of the Garden and help our work to bring positive change to people’s lives.

You can support us in many ways including donations, fundraising, grants, charity of the year campaigns, sponsorship or gifts in kind. Every little bit helps us as we need to raise £42,000 every year to carry on our work.

If you would like to find out more about how you can help us please get in touch at

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Days at The Patchworking Garden Project

Do you want to give back to your community and boost employee morale at the same time? Consider hosting a CSR day at The Patchworking Garden Project!

We are open to hosting CSR days for businesses four times a year on a Saturday morning for three to four hours.

To qualify, your employees must raise £500 for the garden. We encourage you to match this amount to encourage participation. A small team of employees can then come in to work in the garden, clearing areas, painting, and generally contributing to making PGP ready to be nurtured by its supported volunteers.

Hosting a CSR day at PGP is a great way to:

• Improve employee morale and engagement
• Build team spirit and collaboration
• Promote a culture of giving back
• Enhance your company’s reputation
• Attract and retain top talent

We would be happy to answer any questions you have and help you plan your day.

    Who’s supporting our work?

    Thank you to the great businesses and organisations that have supported us over the past year.  You are a vital part of the Patchworking Garden Project and we are hugely grateful for your generosity. 

    Business Supporters

    • Buckland Nursery has kindly supported us every year since we opened so we are hugely grateful.
    • Made and Kind were a charity partner in 2021/22 along with Prenplants who made gifts in kind of plants for our events 
    • Waitrose Dorking gave us a donation towards new tools for our workshop as part of their Give a Little Love campaign.
    • Land & Water Services gave us advice about our pond management and donated waders so we could follow their advice.
    • Champions Dorking helped with free and reduced price timber for our raised beds.
    Land & Water Services Logo
    Champion Timber Logo


    • Community Foundation for Surrey (SES Water Fund & Orchid Environment Trust Fund) two grants towards the cost of running the Garden and the Academy.
    • The Henry Smith Charity gave us the final tranche of £20k over 3 years supporting both the Garden and the Academy.
    • In July 2022 we awarded a grant from the RHS Flourish Fund specifically for the staffing costs of the Academy.
    • In March 2023 we received £20K funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for our project for the next two years. Thank you to all National Lottery Players.

    Membership Group Supporters

    • Reigate Heath Golf Club made us their Charity of the Year and gave us donations over two years due to the pandemic
    • Coveham Lodge in Cobham gave us a donation

    Local Authority Partner 

    • Mole Valley District Council awarded us a grant towards the development of our new website.
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    Where to find us


    Get in Touch


    Please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

    Remember to include your phone number in any email

    The Garden (formerly Friends Life), Sports Ground, Pixham Lane, Dorking, RH4 1QA

    Registered address: 44 Westbank, Dorking RH4 3DH