**Please note that due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we are not currently accepting new Adult Mental Health referrals for in-person, on-site placements. We are running online Art & Craft, Nature and Horticulture and African & Caribbean groups.**
While our gardens and activity rooms are closed for in-person sessions and visitors, we have established a number of special online groups, led by our experienced project staff and supported by our volunteers. Groups are made up of a maximum of ten co-workers, who meet each week to learn, share and create together. Co-workers have said they enjoy the social aspect of our online groups, and many find the regular, weekly sessions have helped with their routine, made them feel less isolated, and have been a good opportunity to do something positive and enjoyable for themselves.
To be referred for our online groups, people will need to be eligible for a placement at Sydenham Garden, and have access to the internet and to a device with a camera. Co-workers who accept a placement in our online groups will be asked to attend each week for at least 3 months.
Art & Craft groups (1 hour, weekly via Zoom, various times)
Co-workers with an Art & Craft placement will enjoy varied activities, demonstrations, discussions and art material packs will be posted to them at home. Co-workers enjoy sharing their creations with each other and discussing different techniques and ideas. So far, groups have been creating using collage, watercolours, making paper decorations and keyrings, mindful colouring, drawing from memory, decorating pencil cases, step by step drawing (perspective, Op Art, faces) and Zentangle doodles.
Nature & Horticulture groups (1.5 hours, weekly via Zoom, various times)
Co-workers with Nature & Horticulture placements will take part in groups where they will learn about horticulture, seasonal growing and nature conservation and will take part in nature-based activities and discussions. So far our groups have enjoyed looking back at how nature thrived under lockdown in 2020, and learned about some of the wildlife sightings at Sydenham Garden, as well as looking at winter colour in nature, a natural dyeing workshop using things we might have at home, salt dough natural decorations, and learning how to identify trees by their leaves.
African & Caribbean groups (1.5 hours, weekly via Zoom, Monday PM)
Co-workers with a placement in our African & Caribbean groups enjoy coming together to craft and create, enjoy quizzes, grow plants and and learn about nature and art. Activity packs are sent to people at home. Our groups have enjoyed growing spider plants, paper craft, painting, weaving and mask making.