Charities We Support
BALI has chosen to support the BALI Chalk Fund, Greenfingers and Perennial, charities that exist solely to support those working across the landscape industry.
The revenue collected at the 2015 BALI Award Ceremony charity collection will be split between BALI Chalk Fund and Greenfingers. It will assist colleagues who really need help to cope with the difficult hand that life has dealt them and those in the early stages of their industry career who want to continue to learn and develop their landscape skills.
BALI Chalk Fund
Established in the mid 1970s in memory of BALI founder member Geoffrey Chalk, the BALI Chalk Fund provides funding and bursaries for skills development across the landscape industry. Trustees comprise past and current BALI members (including several past chairmen) whose role it is to identify industry causes that meet the Fund’s criteria for support.
To date, the BALI Chalk Fund has facilitated the development of industry training materials, awarded travel scholarships to enable young landscapers to learn from their counterparts overseas, provided training prizes for the winners of the national finals of the WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening competition, and supported land-based colleges by providing trophies for outstanding achievement to students on landscape-related courses. The Fund is currently helping to support the development of an industry CPD programme.
To learn more about the BALI Chalk Fund and how you can get involved click here.
Helping horticulturists and their families when the going gets tough
Originally established as the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Fund in 1839, the national occupational charity for horticulturists was re-branded in 2003 as Perennial. Coming into the 21st century the charity realised that it needed to reach out to horticulturists in the broadest sense of the word and it now helps anyone working to keep our green spaces green, including landscapers, gardeners, parks and grounds staff and tree surgeons – and BALI members.
Who can Perennial help?
Major life events affect us all at some point in our lives and Perennial can help landscapers who find they need help as a result of unforeseen situations such as long term sickness or disability, bereavement/loss of the family bread winner, elderly or sick parents or relatives, children with additional needs, the fallout from flooding or other natural disasters, and debt that is out of control.
How can Perennial help?
The Charity operates through a network of caseworkers, often visiting clients in their own homes to work on resolving problems associated with poverty, disability, old age and mental or physical ill health. Most importantly the caseworkers are able to work with an individual for as long as is necessary, which in practice means until the difficulties are resolved or, at the very least, brought to a point where the client feels they have regained control. Clients can then come back to Perennial when they face other seemingly insurmountable challenges.
BALI is happy to recommend and support the comprehensive welfare service offered by Perennial because it knows that Perennial will respond quickly and effectively. The charity believes there is no standard answer to a problem or time constraint on how long it can help its clients because everyone’s situation is different. Its approach is one of identifying the best methods of support and getting them into place as quickly as possible. Perennial will be there for any of us at whatever point in our lives a need arises, so please support our industry’s very own welfare charity. www.perennial.org.uk.
Thrive uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.
This is known as social and therapeutic horticulture - the process of working with plants to improve physical and psychological health, and communication and thinking skills.
It is also uses the garden as a safe and secure environment in which to develop an individual’s ability to socialise, make friends, and gain practical skills that make them more independent and self-reliant.
Using gardening tasks and the environment Thrive horticultural therapists build a set of activities for each gardener aimed at improving their health and wellbeing and achieving particular goals identified by the gardener themselves or by their family, support workers or carers.
Gardens offer the peace and tranquillity needed for rehabilitation and recovery. And, being given the opportunity to develop an interest in gardening will give benefits that can last a life time.
To learn more about Thrive and the work they undertake please click here.