Explore what we do throughout the year at Newfields

Spring Re-opening - April 2021

After another three months of lockdown, we have re-opened in time for spring.  Now that all our staff and clients have been vaccinated, we are able to have more people back and are delighted to welcome back some who we haven't seen for a year.  

We are still taking all the necessary precautions.  They have become second-nature to us all now as we have spent the last year finding ways to work together whilst avoiding the health risks posed by COVID.  Our clients have adapted really well and are very happy to be back working with us.

There is lots to do!  The seedlings need looking after in the green house so they can get strong enough to be planted in the outdoor beds.  Barry and Alison have been hard at work this afternoon pricking out the onions.  We all look forward to harvesting them later in the year.

Surviving Lockdown... Again!

Despite the fact that we are in lockdown again we are keeping in contact with our Newfields Gardeners via the telephone and Zoom.  Once again we would like to celebrate the efforts of our gardeners and their carers and family members to get through this difficult time.  Below are some pictures our gardeners have sent us of things they have been doing to keep themselves going.  

Pets have been a great comfort throughout the lockdown!

Although Nicholas hasn't been able to race his Huskies Akila and Blaze since the COVID crisis began, they are still readily available for cuddles and walks.

A good way to keep busy is to learn a new skill.  Carol has been learning to knit and her practice is really paying off for she knitted herself a hat and this awesome jumper for her teddy.

Nicholas is a talented artist as well as a dedicated gardener here at Newfields.  He has kept himself busy working on a comic he is creating.  Here is a page of his character design work.

Baljinder has been passing the time in the kitching cooking up a range of delicious foods including egg muffins and the tasty-looking blueberry muffins you see here.

Christmas at Newfields 2020

In December our Newfield's Gardeners have been busy making Christmas decorations.  We decided to have a Christmas decorate-off between the mess room bubble and the art room bubble and we showed each other and our gardeners still at home over Zoom.  Everyone was able to vote for the room they like the best.


This month we collected everybody's Christmas cards and delivered them along with a Christmas gift bag for everyone.  We hope that all our gardeners like their presents.  
We included pictures of our festive decorations in the newsletter so those who don't use the internet can have a vote on the Christmas decorate-off as well.


To mitigate the increased risk of COVID infection over the the holiday period, we are following SCC's advice and reopening on  Monday 11th January 2021 .
We look forward to seeing our gardeners again in the New Year


Winter Wonderland!

Christine and her bubble turned the art room into a winter wonderland complete with animals made from pinecones, angels made from old books and Christmas trees made our of pasta.   

Craig made this amazing paper mache snowman for the winter wonderland.


Let it Snow!

Alison and the mess room bubble hung clouds of snowflakes and icicles from the rafters, drew a giant Olaf the snowman and cut down a tree from the garden to use for a Christmas tree.

Carol and Tom worked hard to make these adorable paper robins to dot around the mess hall.  


Halloween 2020

Autumn in the Garden

Harvesting Potatoes

In October Tom and Alison have been busy in the garden digging up the potatoes.  Harvesting potatoes is one of the best jobs in the garden.  It's very exciting finding a potato hiding in the soil.

Halloween Zoom

Sock Monster Creations

It was great to get everyone together, both here at the centre and via Zoom, to make the sock monsters.  Those of you who couldn't attent the Zoom sent photos of your creations.  They are excellent!  Can you find your sock monster here?

Autumn in the Art Room


We would like to thank everyone who took part in October's Halloween activity.  Christine and her team did a great job of making the art room look spooky this October.  Daniel donated some of his prize-winning pumpkins to us for decoration. This made for a great setting for our Halloween Zoom sessions. 

We are all looking forward to the coming Christmas festivities

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.