What We Do

Counselling with Horticulture

  • Weekly 1-2-1 therapy with a counsellor specialising in trauma work, in a garden or allotment space.
  • Each family is allocated their own piece of land to plan, plant, tend and harvest. Tools and practical gardening support is provided by our horticulturist.
  • Counsellors work with the horticulturist and interpreters to support clients in using their growing spaces as a medium for therapy, and for recreation and involvement       of family members.
  • Support is available in helping clients to access mainstream services.
  • Regular reviews.

If you are interested in making a referral, please ring us on 0151-728-9340, or email via info@frsp.org.uk 

Horticulture Context

Horticulture provides an innovative medium for counselling to refugee and asylum seeking families. It helps to overcome the language and cultural barriers which can be difficult in conventional therapy. 

Transcending the need for words, gardening provides a myriad of metaphors: Parents recognise that tending seedlings and putting down roots parallels the need to nurture their children and provide them with stability. 

Many families we work with find it difficult to be involved in activities outside, feeling unsafe and threatened in an unfamiliar place. The garden and allotments are safe spaces where support and encouragement are given to enable adults and children to be active and to grow their own food; children can be outside and play safely. 

Restricted incomes mean that families can be limited in their diets; the project allows them to plan and grow additional food to supplement their diet and provide fresh and nutritious meals.


Group Activities and Drop-in

When possible, we run weekly group activities and a drop-in to provide an opportunity for family members to come together with staff and volunteers to cook & eat together.

It provides an opportunity for clients and former clients to discuss matters of everyday life – whether good or bad and, support each other by sharing ideas or in finding solutions to problems.

 The groups also provide the chance for men and women to choose and take part in shared activities – bee keeping; cooking; sewing; preserving and pickling.

Practical Support 

FRSP helps client and ex-client families with practical needs – housing, immigration, social welfare benefits, education, training, employment and the management of finances.

The support offered is tailored to the needs of the individual and their family. At times people need advocacy and intensive support, but our aim is to empower clients, and where possible clients will be supported to access other services and to find their own solutions to problems they are faced with.


Spinning World – Wigan

This is an NHS commissioned service under the Ashton, Wigan and Leigh CCG for individual refugee and asylum seeking clients, offering long term therapy with interpreting support.  

PC 24 – Liverpool

This is a commissioned service for newly arrived people seeking asylum in need of urgent counselling support, with interpreting available.


External Chargeable services


Our counselling staff are qualified to offer external supervision for other practitioners.  Please email info@frsp.org.uk for further information and hourly costs.


  • Benefits of counselling in a gardening setting
  • Working with interpreters in a therapeutic setting
  • Supervision for groups