How you can help us?
Abbey Physic Community Garden is funded entirely by grants, donations and legacies.
In 2016 we received a generous grant from The National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund which enabled us to set up our community kitchen, horticulture training and outreach work.
To cover the costs of running the garden and to enable these valuable programmes to continue and to evolve, reaching even more people in the community we need to secure new sources of income.
Here is how you can help:
Our official/legal details:
Abbey Physic Community Garden
Registered Office: Abbey Place, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7BG
telephone: 01795 539915
Registered Charity No: 1119456
Registered Company No: 06015188
Donate and/or become a Member/Volunteer
We rely on donations, grants and volunteers - help us keep things running by making a donation or becoming a member.
Choose a donation level to suit you.
Click the button above to donate via Local Giving.
Online donations are welcome and very much appreciated. You may also donate by any other means that suit you, please contact us on 01795 539915 or by email to find out how.
Our online donations are taken through Local Giving, which is completely safe and secure, backed up by industry-standard security methods. Your payment details are never held, used or stored on or in our site at any time, they are only processed by the secure payment provider that we use.
Unlike other online donation services, Local Giving do not take a percentage of your donation as a fee, instead every penny goes to support the work of the Abbey Physic Community Garden.
Don't forget, if you are a UK tax payer, we can claim an extra amount based on your donation (it doesn't cost you more) - Just fill in the Gift Aid form wherever you are offered them, also available by downloading here (see page 2 of the download):
BECOME A MEMBER/VOLUNTEER
Annual membership costs just £15. Becoming a member of the garden means you can use our services and visit the garden whenever you need.
Using the payment box above, there are some extra options to contribute more than the basic fee if you so choose.
Select any of these options to become a member/volunteer, there is no difference in entitlement, but larger donations help us to do more for everyone.
After subscribing through Paypal, you can download and print out the membership form using the button below. If you do not have access to a printer we have copies of the form at the garden.
Other ways to help:
Sponsoring means you choose where your donation goes – a new garden bench, supporting one of our members to gain qualifications, add your name to one of our flower beds – the choice is yours. When you make a Donation via the big button above, you should be offered the chance when paying to add a message to indicate any preferences or choices you have for how your donation should be used.
Alternatively, you can always get in touch with us by phone, email or in person to let us know how you'd like to offer your sponsor support
Perhaps you would like to jump out of a plane, shave your hair off, or run a marathon to raise funds for us?
If so, you can create a page through Just Giving, Wonderful.org or similar services and if you get in touch with us we can help you with publicity material etc.
LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY
Leaving a gift in your Will, whether a fixed amount or a percentage of your estate, is a generous and enduring way to help us continue to provide support for vulnerable people - it will cost you nothing during your lifetime. A solicitor can help you to make or update your Will.
Donate or become a Member!
We want you!
What your donations can do:
Help buy things like lunch for 4 members, 2 pairs of protective gloves, a watering can, protective clothing, secateurs, gardening hand tools, packets of seed.
Helps us with things: Wellies, a week's supported work experience for a vulnerable adult, steel-cap boots, willow basketry, wood turning or healthy-eating sessions.
This type of amount helps cover the costs of transferable skills training for 1 person that can include First Aid, H&S, Risk Assessment and Team Building.
Pays for 5-week sessions on healthy eating, budgeting & food hygiene, materials to run inter-related craft activities such as willow basketry, wood turning & pottery.
Covers costs for compost, transplanting and propagation, repairing & replacing the many tools we use every day, or pay for our garden promotional leaflets for a year.
Amongst other important costs and expenses, an amount like this covers costs for 1 person to gain an accredited qualification in practical horticulture Level 1,
As an example, we spend roughly this amount on our fuel and power requirements for one whole year. Knowing this is covered helps secure our continued running.
With every organisation there are many expenses that need to be covered, things like Public Liability Insurance for a year, accounts & auditing - these costs add up.
This helps buy things like much needed garden furniture allowing for places for members & visitors to sit to take a break, sheds, storage or other large purchases.
Enable us to supply a much needed van to transport our people and tools to community gardening projects, This covers running costs and would boost the scope of service.
An amount such as this would be game changing. Our annual running budget adds up to nearly four or five times this, but with your help we could do more, a lot lot more.