Lindengate Update, Late Spring 2016

We’ve got a Spring in our step!

We’ve got a few new things to tell you about today, including an update on our services and also on our events.

Our servicescontinue togo from strength to strength, with numbers of attendees up on our forecast for the year so far. And we’re starting a new service next month – Memory Pathways – see below for more details.

We’re launching the Memory Pathways Service in Beaconsfield this Thursday 19 May to Service Providers- if you know of any Health or Social care professionals that would be interested please ask them to contact us.

And while we’re in Beaconsfield, we’re having a general drop-in session for the general public to find out about Lindengate – if you know of anyone in that area that may be interested please ask them to have a look at our Facebook page for further details.

Events at Lindengate
The Spring Fair back in April went really well, despite the terrible wet weather. The Fair opened at 2pm and so did the heavens! But the afternoon ended in glorious sunshine, we had over 400 visitors, we surpassed our fundraising target and our visitors enjoyed the afternoon with us!

The next event is theMikron Theatre Production onFriday 24 June – see photo for further information.

And please note the new date of the Autumn Fair, Saturday 1 October, 2pm. We’ve moved it forward a week, so the Mid-Shires Orchard Group can be with us and continue with the same”Apple Day” theme that was so successful last year.

What’s new on site
The big news is that we have some new pathways – yeah! And they are wheelchair friendly – yeah! The new pathways go from the entrance gate to our “Gardeners Lodge” (previously known as the Portacabin) and to both our polytunnels. And the even better news is that we’ve got some funding to further extend these, which we plan to do later on this year.

Memory Pathways

“Memory Pathways”is a new Lindengate service that will provide individual and group support for people with memory loss, confusion or dementia and their carers. It is set within a gardening environment and offers participants a range of indoor and outdoor activities that are geared towards mental and physical stimulation.

The programme commences in the summer of 2016, Friday 24 June, and will initially operate as a free-to-join monthly drop-in service set over 3 hours and including a social lunch. Activities will be organised that combine Lindengate’s three key elements of gardening, cooking and art & craft and will stimulate access to past memories to encourage positive impacts on emotional well-being and physical health.