Livability Holton Lee is a wellbeing centre set in 350 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside. We asked them how they are coping with the current Covid crisis ...
What is Holten Lee?
We are part of the UK charity Livability, which provides services for disabled people ranging from residential and specialist care to schools and colleges. At Holton Lee, we run an Ecotherapy gardening project called Flourish supporting a wide range of individuals in a mutually-supportive community. We welcome disabled people, those living with mental health issues and people wanting to improve their wellbeing.
How are you keeping in touch with your community?
Due to Covid-19, our site is now closed but we are staying in touch with our Flourish participants with a weekly phone call and newsletter. Staff are tending the garden and we will be selling veg boxes later in the year (please contact ASweeney@livability.org.uk for full details)
We are staying in touch with the wider community via social media with pages on Facebook (livability.holtonlee), Twitter and Instagram (LHoltonLee).
What's happening with the eco-garden?
Alongside our usual content, we’ve been filming in the Flourish garden producing some instructional ‘Get Growing’ videos, we’ve been thinking about wellbeing with some tips and exercises that you can listen to and join in with and we’ve been posting nature images from around the site.
Tell us about your involvment with the Sewing Scrubs for Care Homes campaign?
Locally, we’ve been working with an army of volunteers who have been sewing scrubs for Livability residential care homes across the country, which is a great financial support to us as a charity at this difficult time. We’d like to thank all our supporters, local, nationwide and virtual – without the help and goodwill we wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing during lock-down. We look forward to seeing you all as soon as we are able.