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SAGE (Support Arts Gardening Education)

SAGE is a social therapeutic horticulture (STH) and an arts project for adults experiencing mental health difficulties


SAGE is a social therapeutic horticulture (STH) and an arts project for people experiencing mental health difficulties. Its STH activities take place on 3 allotments on the City Council's Grimesthorpe site in Burngreave. Its arts activities take place in various venues.

STH activities include:

  • all aspects of gardening - heavy, light, outside or undercover
  • art activities and crafts
  • opportunities to engage in social activities and develop new friendships
  • visits to other environmental projects
  • supported progression to further training, volunteering and/or employment which can help build self confidence and self esteem and being part of your community

SAGE can also provide day opportunities for those in receipt of Direct Payments.

Services Provided:

Social and therapeutic gardening sessions for people experiencing mental health issues

  • Reflecting SAGE's friendly approach their clients are called members. Some may only want to come for a few sessions, others may stay for years; it all depends on the nature of your needs and interests.
  • The service supports any adult aged 18 years and over with a mental health condition. To ensure that SAGE offers you appropriate support they will usually ask that another professional involved with you complete a referral form. Please phone the office to ask for a referral form and check on availability of places.
  • SAGE can also offer supported social and therapeutic gardening placements for individuals with Personal Budgets under Self-Directed Support. Clients are supported to take part in all the activities held at the allotments. Each 2 hour therapeutic horticulture includes the loan of gardening tools, boots and waterproof clothing. One to one support in encouraging and supporting a client in maintaining and developing their own garden 

Singing workshops which are designed to build confidence, self esteem and physical wellbeing through singing with others in a supportive setting.

Other arts projects may also be offered, please enquire for up-to-date information.

Qualifications and Quality Standards

All staff and volunteers are DBS checked. Workers have a variety of qualifications including Social Work, Occupational Therapy, diplomas in landscape gardening and horticultural therapy. Has Public Liability, Employers Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance.

The organisation has achieved a PQASSO quality mark at level 2.

SAGE is a registered charity, number 1114743 and company limited by guarantee 5698287.

Who to contact

0114 273 7718
SAGE Sheffield

Where to go

Office address:
Minna House
30 Minna Road
South Yorkshire
S3 9AZ

Please note, no service take place from this address.

When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Office hours: Monday-Wednesday 9am-4pm
Time of day
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Session Information
Social and therapeutic horticulture sessions are held at Grimesthorpe Allotments, Grimesthorpe Road, S4
Singing sessions are currently online via Zoom

Inclusion Information

Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
Culture/ethnicities accommodated
Services Awarded RPL
Social, cultural & learning opportunities

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Greenfingers Group (Between £40 and Free subject to funding) Per session
Singing Through the Seasons Women's Group (Suggested donation £2) Per session
For supported placements for individuals with Self-Directed Support funding, SAGE charges a basic rate of £40 per 3 hour session depending on the level of support you require
Referral Details

Referral required for Social and therapeutic horticulture only

Age Range
18 years to
  • Garden
  • Catering facilities

SAGE supports adults with mental health difficulties


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mental health, gardening, women only, allotments, Burngreave, volunteering, personal budgets, SDS, gardening courses, outdoor activity, singing, arts

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