Founded in 2002, Sydenham Garden is a growing, award-winning, registered charity involved in improving the health and well-being of residents living in Lewisham and Bromley.
We provide gardening and creative opportunities for co-workers (the name the project gives to our primary beneficiaries) referred from over 30 community organisations and health sector agencies.
We have developed an integrative approach where those with different degrees of mental and physical ill health come together with volunteers and members of the local community.
This approach aims to reduce exclusion and the prejudice which fuels continuing lack of opportunity for many of our beneficiaries.
As a user-centred service, co-workers and volunteers are very much involved in our decision-making processes and service delivery approach.
In 2009, we had a record number of over 60 co-workers regularly attending the project, with over 50 co-workers, volunteers and local people achieving Open College Network qualifications.
We are currently developing a significant expansion of training and work experience opportunities in the form of a market garden social enterprise.
As local support continues to grow for the charity and its invaluable work in the community, over 1500 visitors attended our ever-popular seasonal events last year.
We are always striving to be as inclusive and accessible to the community as possible.