21st Jan 2016
“Charities working Together “– The Abbotsford Trust and Cornerstone celebrate a successful 2015 in partnership thanks to Bank of Scotland Foundation Grant.
With the support of The Bank of Scotland Foundation, Abbotsford set up a partnership with Cornerstone, one of Scotland’s largest charities providing services for people with disabilities and other support needs. The partnership provided Cornerstone with a local outdoor space for activities and an opportunity to make use of Abbotsford’s beautiful and historic 120 acre Estate.
Activities were designed with the seasons in mind to make use of the wonderful natural heritage we have at Abbotsford whilst creating positive and memorable experiences, developing skills and encouraging confidence amongst participants.
Our regular walking group covered the whole estate exploring Sir Walter’s biggest trees in the woodland, wild flowers in the meadow and much wildlife in between. It was on our walks we practiced photography and also collected natural materials to use in craft sessions making photo frames bordered with lichen as well as our own 6 foot 3-D tree!
Activities in the garden were greatly enjoyed, especially fruit picking, whilst our autumn harvest provided vegetables used back in the Cornerstone centre for cooking stews and soups.
Andy (59), a Cornerstone participant is quoted as saying:
“I’ve been helping in the garden. It’s good. I helped to dig up lots of vegetables. I made home-made soup. I also made stew. It was good. I like going to the garden. I like everyone. I love gardening. Don’t stop it. I like to be busy.”
In our autumn sessions we were joined by professional story-teller Mary Kenney who delighted participants and support workers alike with folk tales inspired by Sir Walter Scott and his woodlands. We were even treated to traditional Scottish tunes on the flute.
After a hugely successful first year we are looking forward to welcoming Cornerstone back again in the spring. Giles Ingram CEO of the Abbotsford Trust commented:
“The funding has enabled us to open up the Abbotsford Estate to Cornerstone participants providing experience and enjoyment that may not otherwise have been available to them. It further allows Scotts’ legacy to be accessed by the community as whole in a fun and exciting way.”