SEN parent and carer support group

Stream Walk’s SEN Parent Carer Support Group, this Wednesday from 10am – 12 noon. This is a friendly, inclusive peer to peer support group open to those whose children have, or may have, conditions such as autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia, SPD etc. We welcome those who don’t have a diagnosis or are yet to embark on the assessment process. Pre-school and home educated children can attend. The sessions are FREE and teas and coffees can be purchased from the tea shed.

Home Education Pilot number 2 (second try!)

Unfortunately rain stopped play for our second pilot session in May, so we are trying again! These sessions are for families / carers of children and young people who are home educated. Please join us at the garden on Friday 17th June 1pm-3pm for exploration, learning and play focused around the wildlife and produce of the garden. £7 per family (concessions available). Refreshments and homegrown organic produce available to buy. Please dress for the weather and we hope to see you there.

Tribute to John Henry

It was lovely to see Yvonne Fuchs at Stream Walk on Saturday morning. Yvonne, along with her husband John Henry, were involved from the very beginning of the community garden and maintained a strong involvement over the years. Sadly John Henry passed away on 4th May. Yvonne bought a beautiful bouquet of flowers grown in the gardens as a special tribute to her husband knowing how much he would have loved them. Our thoughts are with you, Yvonne.

Home education pilot number 2

Stream Walk Garden had a lovely first session with our home education children and their carers earlier this month.  We made rhubarb cordial in home-decorated, up-cycled bottles and had a salad safari which included mixing and tasting our own yummy dressings.  Please join us for the second of our pilot sessions this Friday May 20th from 1-3pm.  We will be feeding the butterflies and the hoverflies, making a store cupboard pallet garden and making our own elderflower cordial from blooms picked from the hedgerows.  The cost is £7 per family (£5 concessions).  Cash on the gate. Tea, coffee and biscuits on sale in the tea hut.  Dress for the weather and we hope to see you there. No booking required.

Funding boost!

Stream Walk Community Garden has been awarded a £5,000 grant to help develop our outreach and development work.
The grant money has come to us from the Martello Fund via Kent Community Foundation under its Vulnerable Adults Themed programme. The funds will be used to provide garden activities for vulnerable and socially disadvantaged people over the summer months of 2022 (May to September) and will enable Stream Walk Trust to pay someone to lead weekly sessions in the garden and carry out development work as well as employing additional sessional support workers to assist attendees with additional needs.
Our project aims to increase the well-being, healthy eating and reduce the social isolation of vulnerable adults and children in the local community who may be experiencing loneliness, poor
mental health and social disadvantage.
The grant money comes from the Martello fund, managed by Kent Community Foundation, an organisation that finds, funds and supports some of the smallest voluntary organisations across the
county. KCF is part of a UK wide accredited network of 47 Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.

This grant news follows on from other recent donations from Tesco/Whistable Pearl 2 and Green Councillor, Clare Turnbull. These funds are being put towards buying new equipment and improving
signage at the garden. The fundraising team is now on a mission to raise more money to further develop activities into the autumn; our big goal is to fund the building of a small, all weather eco-buliding at the garden for us to be able to offer year round activities with a class room and kitchen.

If you’d like to help with fund-raising or make a donation, please go to our ‘Get involved‘ page.

Home schooling sessions at Stream Walk garden

Stream Walk Community Garden is keen to broaden its reach to the home education community so is hosting two pilot sessions for home educated children (and their carers) in the Whitstable area.  Co-led by two teachers, we plan to run informal and relaxed gardening-related sessions based around play, exploration and natural enquiry.  The garden space is beautiful.  We have over 13 organic beds planted up for seasonal rotations of fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs in addition to a dedicated children’s area with mud kitchen, digging patch and planting bed. There is also a wormery, a compost toilet and a pond! We can accommodate 25 families max (so please arrive early).  The sessions will run on Friday May 6th and Friday May 20th from 1-3pm. Entry is £7 per family / £5 concessions-cash only.  Tea, coffee and home-baked goodies will be for sale at the tea hut.  Please dress for the weather and we very much look forward to seeing you there.

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