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Blackthorn Trust is a social-therapeutic environment
people can recover through nurture, healing and growth.

We offer specialist therapies and a range of workshops at our unique facilities near Maidstone, which include a large biodynamic garden, a deli/café and kitchen, craft and woodwork studios and therapy rooms.
Our work is based on our experience that more than medication is required to affect positive change.
We provide holistic, life enhancing opportunities for people with mental health challenges, chronic pain and type 2 diabetes.
Blackthorn Trust is a registered charity and have been helping people for more than 30 years.

“In the free resolve
of your heart,
Take your own life in hand”


Our cafe is open every weekday from 1000 to 1500 and offers a comprehensive menu of home cooked food to enjoy in our gardens.  We also have seating inside if it’s cold or raining.

Despite the relaxation of some Covid guidelines, Blackthorn is retaining its safety measures for the time being. We ask that you please wear a mask whilst ordering at the cafe or visiting our shops and to check in using the NHS app and maintain social distancing. We will keep this under review and advise. Keep safe.

Many hands make a charity!  Could you spare some time to volunteer in one of our workshops, cafe or charity shop?  We are busier than ever supporting local people recover from the isolation of Covid, anxiety and depression.

If you think you can help – please call Emma 01622 828369 or email emma@blackthorn.org.uk

If you are looking for support please see our website for information on joining one of our programmes.


Just a quick reminder that our vintage and charity shops are now open every weekday from 1000 until 1500 and we have lots of plants for sale too! Come and see us soon.
We are now recruiting for our next Dwell course for people with Type 2 diabetes.  It is a free 12 week course that enables people to receive practical and emotional support to make lifestyle changes.  Our next course begins on 25th January 2022 and we will be offering day and evening courses.  Contact; dwell@blackthorn.org.uk or call 01622 828374 for more information.
The Christmas Fair has always been our largest fund raising event and after the necessary cancellation last year we were keen to know if the event would be well attended and if there was an appetite for a face to face activity.  We were not disappointed as more than 300 people walked through our gates raising between them more than £4300!
A huge thank you to all that helped and attended enabling us to achieve this fantastic amount which is vital to help us to continue to offer the mental health, chronic pain and long covid services that we do.
There was a huge selection of stunning craft, stained glass, wooden items, Blackthorn herbal produce, bread, cakes and a greenhouse full of planters and wreaths all lovingly made by our community. Alongside this our charity shop was brimming with bargains and there was fun activities for young and old.  We have lots of Christmas items for sale in our cafe and charity shop and we are open every weekday from 1000 to 1500.  We look forward to seeing you.


In our programmes, nurturing plays an important role in recovery, getting well and staying well! It is a gentle, but dedicated and consistent endeavour to help replenish a person’s forces and resources – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
A warm welcome and an experience of acceptance at Blackthorn is as nourishing as a good wholesome soup in our café at lunchtime.
In our workshops and therapies, each person is supported in their learning and development refilling their reservoir of life energy, confidence and self-esteem that is often depleted.


Within ourselves and within the natural world we can observe a remarkable capacity for healing. This delicate, yet resilient process of repair strives to restore and recover our wholeness. It can take us on a journey of discovery and learning, not to return us to where we were but to open new horizons and perspectives.
Healing is activated from within and will take its course, once set in motion and given a chance. Part of healing and recovery is making a choice, a decision to find a new way forward and to open to change. This takes courage and will!
All our programmes and activities offer the support and opportunity to learn, develop and change towards a more fulfilled life and greater wholeness.


There are seasons to growth and everything has its time.  All growth needs sun, light, water and soil.
The warmth of the community with people who see and understand and care is like the sun!
There is the light of engaging with meaningful, practical and creative activities, be it in our garden itself, or with our craft projects and workshops.
We need water to move forward to new perspectives and to bring change and empowerment to make new choices.
Confidence building gives us the soil for inner ground and stability to meet the world and our challenges.


For a glimpse into life at Blackthorn!



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