Following the success of its inaugural launch on Surrey Day in May, Holme Farm will be holding a wellbeing and arts event at New Haw library on Saturday 24 September 2022. The event will celebrate the concept of social prescribing – and how it can help build a healthy community – with a particular focus on therapies, arts and crafts.

Social prescribing is a referral service. It is about looking at an individual in a holistic way; recognising the social, economic and environmental factors that affect their mental and physical health and the best way to provide support. The activities that fall into the category are broad-ranging; a handful of examples include gardening, sport, group learning, befriending and holistic therapies. Once the Holme Farm site is renovated, it is intended that all these activities will be available on a sliding payment scale.

“This is a great opportunity to support Holme Farm and we are interested to see how things will progress and bring support to this part of Surrey.”

Carol Deakins, Chair of New Haw library

At the event, there will be the opportunity to engage in colouring, puzzles, braiding, guided drawing and craft. There will also be reflexology and massage taster sessions, talks on herbalism, sound therapy and art therapy as well as some stalls and Holme Farm’s current status and future plans. The mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Margaret Harnden, will attend as Holme Farm is one of her chosen charities for 2022/23.

“With our unique site, we have the chance to help people in a multitude of ways. Huge progress has already been made with the clearing of weeds, painting and refurbishment and this event will give an insight into how we can support social prescribers and community link workers in all areas. This is a great opportunity to show the type of services we will offer in the future community barn.”

Ronnie Kendall, Committee Chair and Trustee of Holme Farm

Come and join us at New Haw library, KT15 3HA on Saturday 24 September from 12.30-3.30. Entrance is £5 which includes a raffle ticket, refreshments and access to all the talks and activities.

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