Mental Health & Wellbeing

The Walled Garden and Wisecraft offers support and opportunities to adults and young adults (16+) experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing.

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Mental Health & Wellbeing

PKAVS Mental Health and Wellbeing Support is based across two service locations; The Walled Garden in Perth and Wisecraft in Blairgowrie.

We support people (aged 16+) on their journey of recovery to lead healthy, active, inclusive, and connected lives, through a range of meaningful and skilled-based activities. We use an integrated care approach and work towards moving people into positive destinations by increasing resilience, confidence, and skills. We use horticulture in a therapeutic manner, as well as offering creative arts, physical and nutritional activity, woodwork, and food preparation engagement options.

We work in partnership with NHS Tayside, Perth & Kinross Council, and others to make sure the people we help are well-supported in their community.

Latest Mental Health & Wellbeing News

PKAVS Loneliness Consultation

June 24th 2022, By pkavs

Loneliness and social isolation are associated with a reduced lifespan equal to someone smoking 15 cigarettes per day - and greater than someone with obesity. Loneliness is also linked to an increased risk of heart disease, dementia, anxiety, depression, addiction, and suicide.


PKAVS 50th Anniversary

March 14th 2022, By pkavs

This year, we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, half a century supporting thousands of local people and their communities, at the times when they need it most.

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Zoe was keen to experience our garden and social environment, and gain skills for future education and employment. Since joining us, Zoe has worked on her social anxiety difficulties during group activities, her mood and self-worth via therapeutic sessions, and has gained experience aligning her horticultural skills with personal interests.

In 2019, Zoe successfully secured a position at SRUC, studying Horticulture. Zoe continues to work with us to help maintain and manage her mental health and education and we’re all very proud to see her and skills growing.

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Sarah Oelmez

Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub Manager

My name is Sarah and I am one of the Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub Managers. Although I work across and support both service locations, you’ll mainly see me based at The Walled Garden. I have worked with the service since 2016, although my involvement with the Hub dates back to 2012 when I was on my second student social work placement. Alongside Laura, my main role is to manage the Hub’s overall budget and raising of income; I represent our charity at meetings and events, and manage relationships with partners, funding bodies, all staff, volunteers and clients. The diversity of my role and job satisfaction drives me to continue my career in the charitable sector. I love working with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, and in an environment where everyone is valued; everyone is an expert.

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