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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Sow & Grow a stand-out project

Sow & Grow Our standout project, Sow & Grow, provides over 40 people with dementia social and therapeutic activity each week. Underpinning horticulture, craft, arts and reminiscence with Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) (see: http://www.cstdementia.com/), the project has gained national recognition for the positive difference it makes. Recently a daughter of one co-worker said: “Thank you…

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“The Earth is a generous friend”

BBC 2 air film about Sydenham Garden on Gardeners’ World We are really pleased with how the film crew captured Sydenham Garden and how well our team came across. After introductions from Monty Don and Flo Headlam our founder Dr Jim Sikorski describes our work and why he wanted to prescribe gardening for his patients….

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Gardeners’ World visit our community

BBC 2 to air film about Sydenham Garden on Gardeners’ World A film will be shown on the BBC Friday 12th October 2018 at 9pm(catch up on the BBC Iplayer). Spending time with our Co-workers, (beneficiaries who have been referred to us) Flo Headlam (about Flo) sought to understand the difference horticulture has made to…

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3 year plan 2019 to 2021

We are aware that funding for services like ours is constantly changing. To secure funding our ideas for the future need to fit with the plans set out by NHS and Social Care funders and also the aims of charitable foundations who offer grants to organisations providing services to people with mental health challenges. At…

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Summer Festival 2018

David writes: “On Saturday 18th we held our 3rd annual Summer festival at our De Frene road site. What a day! Bands played a wonderful range of music, local stallholders and crafts people selling their wares and a host of activities for children and adults. Of course we had plenty to eat and drink including…

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