It is essential that we understand the difference we make to peoples lives, so we listen carefully to what our users say. We also keep records to help us work out if we’re achieving what we set out to do.
In 2018, Springhead welcomed nearly 500 school children and young people for residential and day visits.
We have also hosted a great many community groups in recent years, giving a wide range of people the opportunity to enjoy Springhead. Groups have included many local organisations such as women’s refuge groups from Dorchester and Shaftesbury, local gardening, wildlife and photography groups, Dorset Community Action and Trees for Dorset. We have also hosted regional and national groups such as the Wiltshire Young Carers, and Dorset’s Participation People who work with looked after children and young people.
Around 855 people attended musical and drama performances, arts and open gardens events in 2018.
Our volunteers include a team that regularly helps in the gardens and others who help at open days. In total we estimate that our volunteers clocked up 3250 hours of work in 2018.
Achievements relating to sustainability included generating 2.5 kilowatts an hour of electricity from our hydropower scheme in 2018, and around 16000 kilowatts of electricity from our array of photovoltaic solar panels.
We at St Marys just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for the wonderful trip that the children recently experienced at Springhead. We had an awesome time and have not stopped talking about how great it was. We have made memories for life and wanted to write to you to say how much we enjoyed ourselves.