Hope’s Garden is an aromatherapy small business set up and run by Angela Wells. It is part of a wider small business incubation initiative at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church called The Dream Factory. Hope’s Garden was the pioneering business for the project and opened in April 2014. Hope’s Garden is now run as a social enterprise and is an official outreach project of this church. It offers aromatherapy treatments to those with specific health issues or individuals who enjoy good health and simply want a relaxing and rejuvenating holistic treatment.

As well as treatments available to the general public, Hope’s Garden works with the church to develop links with agencies across the city, and operates a referral system to individuals accessing the services of those agencies.

Angela says:
‘A Touch of Hope’ is our Gifted Massage Project, and is part of the ethos of Hope’s Garden to make aromatherapy more accessible across all sectors of society. Donations raised through the A Touch of Hope scheme fund aromatherapy massage for those in need. Massage vouchers are given to local charities or distributed to individuals who, for socio-economic reasons, could not otherwise access aromatherapy. The recipients coming to Hope’s Garden really do benefit from their aromatherapy massage; often it is the only time they have for
themselves in amongst the many difficulties and challenges of their lives. Quite simply, they feel better, with improved mood, sleep patterns, self-esteem and a sense of worth: they are truly given a ‘Touch of Hope’ in their lives.

In 2001, I moved to Edinburgh, where I studied aromatherapy to degree level. Unfortunately, a series of stressful life-events then led to me suffering from a period of depression and anxiety. I used essential oils as well as conventional medicines to help me manage the symptoms. It is my belief that orthodox and complementary medicine should work together. I was lucky enough to have access to both, and I received excellent holistic care from the medical profession. Care also came from my friends and family, and the church where Hope’s Garden is now based.

I am so thankful that the church has given me a ‘home’ for Hope’s Garden. The idea had been forming in my mind during my illness, and with my renewed health, the dream became a reality. I was given love and support, and because of that, I was able to re-build my life. I want to give back what has been given to me, and it is my hope that, through Hope’s Garden, I am able to support others to manage their own well-being so they can lead happier, healthier lives.

I look forward to welcoming you to Hope’s Garden. Angela x

Hope’s Garden website: www.hopesgarden.co.uk