Be part of our story - visiting, volunteering, donating
You are very welcome to visit us on our annual open days at the Maybridge Keystone Centre and the Sidney Walter Centre. There is usually a plant sale and good food and we invite you to comment on our work because we value feedback and want to be responsive to local needs. We also welcome visitors to our Garden Clubs at other times because our clients enjoy meeting people and because we hope you will enjoy a little breathing space for yourself.
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Welcome Woodland Garden Maybridge Keystone Centre Raleigh Way Worthing BN12 6JD
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Mind & Memory Garden Sidney Walter Centre Sussex Road Worthing BN11 1DS
We couldn't do what we do without volunteers and we usually need more! Our most amazing volunteer is Lisa's mum, Jenny, who has helped us every week from the start. She loves weeding and is a talented florist, but most importantly she is a kind companion to our clients. Other regulars include young people with learning difficulties who tend the grounds and join us for breaks, socialising well with our older clients. And when we host occasional away days for corporate volunteers or Worthing GoodGym arrives we have a work-blitz that suddenly transforms a space and keeps us on top of everything. But there are also 'back-office' ways to support us, so get in touch if you would like to help in whatever way suits you.
We are grateful to have received donations of tools, benches, plants, seeds, compost, wood, from more people and companies than we can individually thank, but you know who you are! We have also had generous donations from families and friends of some of our clients who have passed away, and these have helped us to improve and enhance our gardens. We have often been asked if we have a Giving Scheme and so we have joined Local Giving - click on this link to see more localgiving.org/charity/breathingspaces/
Privacy - Data Protection
We keep a contact file securely on one of our computers and on one phone. It includes customers, suppliers, volunteers, referral agencies, stakeholders, supporters and people who we believe may want to receive information about our events and services.
We will never pass this contact file on to anyone else.
We will only use your details to contact you in ways that you would expect in the context of what we do.
We will delete you from our contact file on request.
We will only send a few general emails during the year to invite people to events and/or to keep you up to date with what we do. When we do a bulk mailing we will say that if you don’t want any further emails from us you should let us know and we will delete you from our contact list.
We do also ask volunteers to complete a registration form giving some details about why they want to volunteer. We keep this securely until they finish volunteering with us.
We have a Data Protection Policy and Data Protection Procedures that we follow and which we are happy to share on request.
Do we collect and hold data about our clients?
Breathing Spaces helps people to do gardening because we know that it can improve health and wellbeing – for example, by being more active, by reducing stress, by meeting new people, learning things, and being part of a community. If we make a note about these things when people start gardening with us and then check if anything changes over time, we can show if gardening makes a difference or not. This is useful to us so that we can make sure we are doing the right things and we hope it is also helpful to our clients to understand what sort of things make them feel good.
We keep this information safe and private. If we put information onto the computer we store names separately from the information and only Lisa and Claire will know the password to the names. If we produce a report about the information we do not show any names.
It is important to Breathing Spaces to be able to sometimes show an impact report (see What we do) to other people because it helps us to prove that what we do is worthwhile and needed. It helps us to work with more people and to get funding to carry on.
We believe that we have what the law calls ‘legitimate interests’ for collecting and processing this information. By that we mean a reasonable and genuine reason. We have tried to explain above why we think it is reasonable and we hope you agree. We also have a Data Protection Policy and Data Protection Procedures that we follow and which we are happy to share on request.
It is everyone's individual right to:
say that we cannot keep or use information about you
ask to see what we do with information about you
ask us to correct any mistakes
ask us not to show it to anyone
ask for a copy for your own use
ask us to delete it
make a complaint to the authorities if you think we are doing something wrong with data about you.