Our impact

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 2017, Springhead welcomed over 500 school children and young people for residential visits, and a further 180 schoolchildren for day visits.

We have hosted more than 30 groups during the past two years, giving a wide range of people the opportunity to enjoy Springhead. They have included many local community 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 young people from the National Association of Fostering Youth Council

Around 500 people attended musical and drama performances in 2017, and 1000 people, mostly local, came to our open gardens events.

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 carry out over 1500 hours a year of volunteering.

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.

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