About this cause
Wickersley Parish Council took over Winthrop Gardens in 2016 when the charity running them was no longer sustainable. Winthrop provides a peaceful, sensory garden setting for the use and benefit of all. On the site is also a Tea Rooms, small 'Curiosity Shop' and a plant sales area run by a team of over 50 volunteers. Volunteers fund and run a monthly Memory Café; are working toward becoming a Dementia Friendly organisation and at all times welcome and support people living with dementia and their carers. Winthrop is also addressing the issue of social isolation - funding a weekly Craft class as a vehicle toward achieving this; leading monthly walks for people with combined sight and hearing issues. Other organisations, like the Red Cross, use Winthrop in their work supporting people.
How this cause brings people in the community together
Winthrop Gardens has become a community of volunteers and supporters working together to address key needs in the local community in an informal and proactive way. Improving the capacity of Winthrop by creating additional parking will be popular. It will draw in additional supporters, both to raise funds to cover the costs and then to undertake the practical work once funds are available.