Carnival UK has announced that it has chosen Mayfield Nurseries as its charity partner for the 1000 plus cruise line employees at Carnival House for the forthcoming year.
Southampton-based Mayfield Nurseries provides a special place for people with mental health issues to develop new skills and be part of a supportive, friendly community. Through its schedule of gardening therapies and training programmes, they help people improve their wellbeing, physical fitness and confidence. Services include Gardening on Prescription, Forget Me Nots dementia group, an allotment group and a peer support group.
Mayfield Nurseries is a social enterprise project, selling a wide range of plants and garden essentials. At Mayfield, all the plants have been cared for by people with mental health issues, supported by staff and volunteers. Last year, they supported 86 people with complex mental health problems and dementia with volunteers contributing 8,247 hours.
Carnival UK chief executive, David Noyes, said: “Mayfield Nurseries plays a hugely important role in the community and really changes the lives of local people in Southampton. Our charity committee had over 20 charities from which to choose. However we are really impressed by how the Mayfield Nursery team, through schemes like the Gardening on Prescription GP referral programme, supports people to recover from moderate mental health illnesses as well as supporting people with longer term needs. Carnival UK wants to recognise the incredible work carried out by Mayfield Nurseries by supporting them and raising much needed funds through volunteering and various events at Carnival House over the next twelve months.”
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