Gardening to help fight depression

It’s #NationalMentalHealthAwarenessWeek As a small organisation tucked away in South Lewisham we were really pleased to receive a mention in the Guardian Newspaper this week. Read on to find out more, and to hear about how Green Therapy is helping people with their mental health. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/13/green-therapy-gardening-helping-fight-depression?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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A Springing Success!

Our Spring Fair 2019 on 11th May was a fantastic day. Well over 550 people came along to enjoy a fabulous barbecue, tasty pancakes and great company. Our fabulous volunteers provided wonderful stalls, with a great array of plants, cakes and books flying off the shelves. We had one or two spring showers to dodge…

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New Integrated Mental Health and Dementia Services for Lewisham

Lewisham gets New Integrated Mental Health and Dementia Services! Partnerships led by Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind (BLG Mind) have been commissioned by the London Borough of Lewisham and Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group to develop two important new services to meet the needs of local people in their communities. The Lewisham Community Wellbeing is a…

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We are recruiting a Garden Project Lead (Maternity Cover)

the deadline has passed for making an application, as such we are no longer accepting applications The Garden Project Lead will become an integral part of our team. We aim to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment and the role will be vital in ensuring the quality and success of our projects for co-workers recovery…

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Vacancy: Chair of trustees

Chair of Trustees Sydenham Garden wishes to appoint a Chair of Trustees to replace its founder as he steps down after a long period in post and as a new 3-year Plan is being developed. Sydenham Garden is a unique wellbeing centre utilising its gardens, nature reserve and activity rooms to help people in their…

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Co-worker Focus, Growing Lives Project

Growing Lives Co-worker John approached Sydenham Garden after he had lost his job and after a period of mental ill-health. John thought Growing Lives would be helpful and take his mind off things. John told Sydenham Garden that he enjoyed having a routine and mixing with other like-minded people who have experienced similar situations. He…

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Co-worker Focus, Garden Project

Garden co-worker (beneficiary): I heard about Sydenham Garden through taking part in an IAPT (Improving Access To Psychological Therapies) group session at the Wynell Rd site. I took part in a gardening activity and liked it and asked to be referred. I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn gardening skills and to…

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Jo Starts as Art & Craft Project Lead

Jo starts as our new Art & Craft Project Lead Jo writes: “Hello! My name is Jo and I am the new Project Lead for Art and Craft at Sydenham Garden. During the last few years I have worked teaching art to groups in both schools and for charities. As an art therapist I have…

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Growing Lives News!

Good Growing Lives news! The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund will be funding our Growing Lives project for the next 3 years! This was the final piece of the financial puzzle, after commitments from a number of other funders towards the project. This welcome news means the project will continue for at least another 3…

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Thanking Sarah

Thanking Sarah Sarah retired in May after 16 years of leading Art & Craft at Sydenham Garden. A momentous effort that has ensured the project’s continuation for years to come. Words really could not do justice to her contribution which went from the ‘original volunteer’ at Sydenham Green Group Practice, to leading sessions in a…

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