Below are a few statements from our beneficiaries. (We have only used the beneficiaries first initial.)
After my husband passed away, I felt very lonely and isolated, I contacted Blossoms of Hope asking when we would be on the garden next. Before leaving at the end of the day she said she immediately felt accepted, listened to and found it useful that she could sit and talk about her true feelings and not disguising them as she does with her family. S
I have been attending blossoms of hope for a while now, it’s great being around like-minded people very friendly atmosphere. When I’m low it is more difficult to attend but always feel a bit better when I’ve been outside in the fresh air it’s been a life line to me and I love blossoms of hope and being active with others thank you for being there for me. G
I have been attending the Blossoms of Hope garden for approximately a year, and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself there.
The staff are all very understanding and accommodating to my difficulties, and the feeling of being useful and productive is benefiting my self-esteem. It is also great to be able to get out in the sunshine in a safe space, as I often tend to stay indoors in order to avoid getting overwhelmed. S
I have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, I have had to leave my job due to putting too much pressure on myself to achieve perfection, and this has led to me isolating myself.
Being part of the garden has helped me relax as I feel supported by the staff and the other clients and have made some good friends. I have found it easy to talk about my issues and have felt that they understand what I am feeling and talking about.
I have found that working with my hands has ignited a love of woodworking so much that I have applied to college. M
(This beneficiary now attends college and has a part-time job.)
My daughter (J) was an inpatient in a psychiatric unit for four and a half years under section 3 and subsequently section 2 under the Mental Health Act. I visited her at least once a week and in the early days she barely recognised me, she would pace the floors in dark glasses, talking to herself, drugged up on medication. On a good day she would talk to me but see “others”. Seeing her head-banging walls and rocking was very distressing.
When the day came that she was eventually allowed to move back home – September 2017, this was to prove to be a challenge. J had 4 years of being basically institutionalised and having a very limited `outside` life.
Blossoms of Hope have given J a reason to wake up in the morning and something to look forward to. She also expresses her love of art there, she has made great friends and has amazing, support and a relationship with the people she works beside.
I am a disabled single mother to J and my other daughter S and I know in my heart that if it wasn’t for Blossoms of Hope J could have had many more setbacks and nothing to look forward to. I have so much to thank them for.
J has started to take a real interest in our own garden at home which is also a bonus.
(This beneficiary now has a partner, has moved into her own flat and volunteers for another charity, we could not be happier for her and her journey.)