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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.