With Perennial’s impact on people’s lives revealed as greater than ever, the charity helping people in horticulture is calling for the industry and supporters to help sustain its community.
The charity’s 2022 Impact Report and recent figures show the pressing need for its services across the industry. 24,000 preventative services and activities were delivered last year, with 1,895 people and their families receiving direct personal support to improve their lives.
During the first half of 2023, Perennial provided services to 1,184 people, compared to 897 in the first half of 2022. This steep increase of 31% highlights the urgent need for increased support for Perennial’s work from the industry.
Perennial’s vision is for all those who work with plants, trees, flowers or grass to know about Perennial and how it can help. The charity relies on and is grateful to those demonstrating a commitment to support the horticultural community and invest in its future. In 2022:
- 123 businesses were part of Perennial’s Partner Scheme contributing £93k worth of funding.
- £41k raised through community fundraising such as plant creches, speaker panels and generous supporters who fundraise on our behalf.
- 25,000 volunteer hours equating to £245,406* helped us run our events, shops and gardens (*equivalent National Living Wage).
- £1.33M raised from legacy supporters who generously remembered a gift to Perennial in their will.
Perennial’s Chief Executive Peter Newman says: “This report highlights our impact on thousands of lives in 2022 thanks in large measure to our generous supporters and volunteers. We help those facing challenging times as well as providing advice and guidance to prevent small issues from becoming big problems. We enable people to be more in control of their health, financial and social wellbeing. With dedicated online resources, tools and apps alongside our one-on-one support services, we aim to offer something of benefit to everyone within the UK’s horticultural community and ask the industry to show its support and help us spread the word.”
“We recognise the important role that Perennial plays in providing essential support to horticulture and we want to keep being a part of that,” says Steve Walley, Managing Director, London Stone – Diamond Perennial Partner.
A better quality of life is within reach for everyone in horticulture. Through its services surrounding health and wellbeing, networks and financial wellbeing Perennial will continue to improve lives. The horticulture industry and supporters can help by spreading the word about Perennial and by raising funds to support its work.
Free services for people in horticulture that the industry can promote are:
- Nudge, the free personalised money management tool introduced to help improve people’s financial wellbeing with relevant financial information that can have a positive impact on their money management. 115 people took control of their money and financial wellbeing within the first few weeks of its launch.
- A Health & Wellbeing platform and app offered to support the body, mind and life, with people regularly engaging with recipe ideas, fitness plans, meditations, articles, podcasts and videos. 420 users were guided by the health and wellbeing app last year.
- Help with training – Upskilling and training support trebled in 2022 compared to 2021, enabling 76 people to enhance their careers.
- Helpline: For advice, information and support use the Services Contact Form or call 0800 093 8543.