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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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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