Defrenefest 2019 – A joyous day out in the sunshine

Sydenham Garden’s summer festival at our market garden site on De Frene Road gets bigger and better every year, and 2019 was no exception.  Thanks to months of planning by our dedicated team, and an overwhelming amount of goodwill and support on the day from our co-workers and volunteer groups, the day was a brilliant…

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Co-worker Focus

Art & Craft Co-worker I took part in the IAPT get active group at Sydenham garden. I took part in an Art and craft taster session and really enjoyed it and wanted to be referred. I wasn’t getting out and socialising with people and wanted to improve my social anxiety. I have enjoyed doing different…

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Cator Road 2019 Plant Sale

Plant Sale a HUGE success Many thanks to all of you who came to the Cator Road Plant Sale on Saturday 18th May. The weather stayed dry and over 500 people came to buy plants, drink tea and eat scrumptious cakes. We raised over £3000 for Sydenham Garden with the remaining proceeds going to the…

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Co-worker focus – Growing Lives

Growing Lives co-worker (beneficiary): Fred, Growing Lives co-worker: I was referred by Mind. I wanted to join to meet people, get out the house. I was working for 40 years when I developed a bad back. After a while I had a medical discharge. Losing my job, and no longer working with people pushed me…

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Sydenham Garden appoints new Chair of Trustees

Jim Sikorski retires as Chair of Trustees and Sydenham Garden appoints Julia Brandreth as new Chair Sydenham Garden, the unique wellbeing centre helping people in their journey with mental and ill-health, is pleased to announce the appointment of Julia Brandreth as its Chair of Trustees, replacing Dr Jim Sikorski with effect from 14 May 2019….

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The results are in!

Annual Evaluation 2019 of Sydenham Garden Projects This year’s evaluation continues to record significant changes in wellbeing for co-workers who complete their placements at Sydenham Garden. This finding means that there will have been a measurable improvement in depressive symptoms in these individuals. The headlines from this year are: • 378 co-workers accessed Sydenham Garden…

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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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