New Potting Shed for Dementia Centre in Beckenham

On Wednesday 9 September MindCare Dementia Support Centre officially opened a new Potting Shed at the centre in Hayne Road, Beckenham. The Potting Shed had kindly been donated and built by the Rotary Club of Beckenham.

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The new outdoor shed will provide therapeutic woodwork and gardening activities for people with dementia, where they can reminisce about their lives and socialise whilst taking part in creative and meaningful activities. Woodwork and gardening activities in the shed have already proved to be popular with both male and female MindCare clients.

Beckenham Rotarians raised over £1300 to fund the new shed from several social events. The Rotarians purchased, built and equipped the shed with plants, pots and garden tools.

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The ribbon was jointly cut by Mike Ricketts, Vice Chair of Bromley & Lewisham Mind and David Hynes, Past President of Beckenham Rotary.

David Hynes said, “This has been a very rewarding project involving all our members not just in fundraising but also in team work to build the shed. It is good to know that our efforts will bring lasting pleasure to people attending the centre. For us this is an excellent example of Rotary in Action.”

Nicola White, Senior Dementia Centre staff from MindCare said “The shed has already proved to be very popular with clients attending the MindCare centre. We think it’s important that our clients engage in everyday activities to maintain their living skills. It is great to see the sense of purpose and achievement in them when they experience the end result of their work in the shed. We are really grateful to Beckenham Rotary Club for helping us to create this facility.”