Despite the weather, I had a great time at the Lindengate’s gardens on Saturday 6th October.

This was my first time visiting Lindengate, and I quickly saw how this is such a healing place. Despite the grey clouds and the rain, the whole place gave off brightness and happiness. This was helped in part by all of the colourful artwork dotted around!

I learned all about how Lindengate support those living with mental illness by teaching them to be Gardeners. They take part in many activities throughout the year, gardening (of course!), cooking, and arts and crafts. Lindengate also do Memory Pathways, an activity designed to help those living with memory loss and/or dementia. By helping the service users and their carers, Lindengate have been able to boost confidence and self-esteem, as well as provide them with a sense of community.

A paper mache bee with a big smile

I also had the pleasure of meeting one of the trustees of Autism Bucks. They have set up a website that aims to inform, guide, enable and empower adults with autism and their families. Their site has many guides for adults and young adults living with autism.

Also, I had a chance to talk to a lot of you about your experiences in hospitals and GP surgeries. Thank you to everyone who came along and shared your stories. Making sure your voices are heard is my favourite part of events like this.

See you at the next one!

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