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Surviving Lockdown! 9th October 2020

We are very pleased that more of our clients are re-joining us at Newfields; however, some of our clients have chosen to remain at home for the time being.  Throughout the lockdown we kept in touch with everyone by telephone and by holding Zoom meetings.  We will continue the contact with those still at home for we want all of our clients to feel like they are still a part of the Newfields Team.  With this in mind we would like to celebrate the excellent efforts that our clients and their parents and carers have made to get through the lockdown.
 

Baljinder had a pot planted up for her to help keep her spirits up.  Her mother did lots of activities with her and her father took her for a walk every evening during the lockdown.  This has helped Baljinder to stay healthy and happy.   We are impressed with how Baljinder and her family have managed the lockdown and we enjoy speaking with them on Zoom.

Sarah has been working hard in her garden to keep it looking tidy over the summer.  She was able to have a socially distanced out of doors birthday party in it.  We sang “Happy Birthday” to her over Zoom. 

Peter has spent the lockdown cultivating his garden.  He has been growing tomatoes, peppers, radish and lots more.  We are so pleased that Peter has been able to use the gardening skills he has developed at Newfields to help him to keep occupied and healthy throughout the lockdown.

We want to say a huge Well Done to all of our clients and their fantastic support teams for getting through the lockdown.  We know it hasn’t been easy for any of you.

We know that lockdown isn’t over for some of you yet and we want to keep in touch with you and keep you involved as our operation returns to normal.

If any of you have done anything that you would like to share, please send us a photograph, or let us know and we can feature it in our blog and newsletter.  It is a great way of letting your friends at Newfields know what you have been up to.

We're Open!

Re-opening after lockdown

September 15th 2020

Since the lockdown began we have been working with Southampton City Council to make the changes necessary to ensure that our clients can return to day services safely.  We were thrilled to have our first couple of clients return to us last week.  

The picture on the left is of Sonny.  He has been part of Newfields for years.  He is great at gardening and he is wonderful company.  We are so glad to have him back with us.  Over the past week he has been working on clearing an overgrown flowerbed in the garden.  Although Sonny was nervous that he might have forgotten how to do things, he jumped straight back into it and it's already starting to feel like he's never been away.  Thank you so much Sonny for your excellent work.  Newfields hasn't been the same without you.

We look forward to welcoming more of our clients back over the next couple of weeks.
 

St Patrick's Day Celebrations

March 17th 2020



At Newfields we seize any opportunity for a celebration. Staff organised some St Patrick's day fun full of flowers and vegan smoothies. Everybody enjoyed taking part.
 


Here is a lovely photo of Laura arranging flowers for the day.

Newfields Visits St Deny's Activity Group

March 6th 2020

On Thursday it was nice to do something different as it was such a rainy day.  We visited St Deny's Activity Group on Priory Road.  They held an indoor market so we took some plants and woodwork to show people what we do.  Everyone at the group had a disability or a mental health issue, so we explained the joys of gardening and how work at Newfields helps us.  We really enjoy our work and wanted to share it with others.  It was good to meet new people. The group was welcoming and friendly.

Everyone was impressed with the woodwork we do when we're not gardening.  We sold one of the wooden cats we made.

We had a great day.  Many thanks to our friends at St Deny's and we hope  to see them again soon.

Happy Valentine's!

February 26th 2020


This month we have been busy in and out of doors.  We have been sowing seeds for later in the year, preparing the planting beds and making Valentine's themed decorations and treats.


 

Our clients enjoyed making yarn hearts to decorate the art room and iced some heart shaped biscuits which they then took home to give to someone special.

Spring is Coming!

January 31st 2020


As we head towards the end of January the first Daffs have arrived, brightening up the garden and the mess room.  Spring is coming!


 

It's not all about the gardening.  We can turn our hands to most things.  This last week we have been reupholstering the chairs. Our clients really enjoyed learning to do something new.

Christmas Update

January 15th 2020

Christmas 2019

We had a good Christmas here at Newfields.  Throughout December we  focused clearing and tidying in preparation for the spring.  We've enjoyed taking on garden clearance jobs and cleaning out the greenhouses.  We had lots of fun putting up the tree and Christmas decorations, many of which were made by our arts and crafts group.

Every day during the week leading up to Christmas we held a Christmas party so that all our clients got a chance to participate in the festivities.  We had plenty of treats, played games and watched a film or two.

Now that Christmas is over and the days are getting longer we are starting to get busier with plants and gardens.  This week we have been sowing seeds in the greenhouse and making floral decorations in the art room in preparation for the warmer weather.

We hope you all had a very merry Christmas and  we will update you soon on our spring activities.