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Southampton’s Mayor serves first tea as Mayfield Nurseries opens Community Café

Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Alex Houghton and Sheriff, Councillor Jacqui Raiment, were present for the opening of Mayfield Nurseries Café following major refit with Southern Health funding.

Southampton’s Mayor serves first tea with CEO Kevin Gardner and Sherrif Jacqui Rayment as Mayfield Nurseries opens its new Community Café

At the heart of Mayfield Park, Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Alex Houghton and Sheriff, Councillor Jacqui Raiment, opened the Mayfield Nurseries Café earlier today,

The Mayor said: “It was a pleasure to serve the first tea in the newly refurbished café at Mayfield Nurseries. I’m sure the café will be well used by visitors to Mayfield Park and continue to support the valuable work that they do.”

Following its major refit with funding from local NHS Trust, Southern Health, the café provides training and work opportunities to patients as part of the contract awarded to Mayfield Nurseries.

Seating 50 customers, the café is part of Mayfield Nurseries and is surrounded with the award-winning plant centre, retail outlets, a garden sundries shop and busy community workshops.

Mayfield Nurseries has been open since 2009, but with the addition of the café, Head of Mayfield Wellness Services, Dan Angus, explains plans for the future: “Hopefully this café will help put us on the map with everyone who uses Mayfield Park, as well as new customers and neighbours.

“We are really grateful to Southern Health for awarding us the contract to refit the café and open it as a new community hub. We want it to be a real community asset – and we’re look forward to being known for serving the best teas and coffees in the park.”

Dan Angus (far left), Cllr Alex Houghton, Cllr Jacqui Raiment, Kevin Gardner (far right).

Mayfield Nurseries offer horticultural therapies to people with a variety of mental health issues and learning difficulties, as well as services available to anyone with dementia: one-to-one sessions, or with a family, friends or carer.

Nina Davies, Associate Director of Adult Specialist Services at Southern Health, said:

“Mayfield Nurseries has provided support to people in the community with mental health difficulties through a diverse wellbeing and horticultural programme for many years, with overwhelmingly positive feedback and outcomes for patients.

“We anticipate that the café will expand the opportunities Mayfield Nurseries are able to provide, as well as increasing its prominence in the local community, and we are proud to have contributed to its development.”

Solent Mind CEO Kevin Gardner shared in the excitement of the opening of the café:

"Mayfield Nurseries has been a treasured part of Solent Mind since its opening, and we’re thrilled that, with the addition of the Mayfield Café, it is expanding further. Do support us by visiting Mayfield for a drink and something to eat in a beautiful setting. While you’re there, you can learn more about what Mayfield has to offer”.

To find out more about what Mayfield Nurseries offer before heading down for a drink or a bite to eat, click here:

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