Grow Your Future

Learn new skills and gain confidence on your way to further opportunities.

It’s not too late to sign up!

What is ‘Grow Your Future’?

Grow Your Future at ActivGardens – for young people aged 16 to 24

If you are looking for a new direction or need a boost after the challenges of Covid-19 – how about taking part in a free outdoor learning programme at ActivGardens? Grow Your Future will enable you to learn new skills and gain confidence on your way to further learning, training or employment.

The 12-week programme includes gardening, horticulture and environmental conservation, with a chance to get involved in activities such as woodworking or bee-keeping. Grow Your Future is for young people aged 16 to 24 who are unemployed or economically inactive, and not engaging in education or training.

When and Where?

From Spring 2022 at:

  • The People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE 
  • Belle Vue Park, Sudbury, CO10 2RG.

Sudbury has good public transport links and the park is a short walk from the train station and bus station. We may sometimes work in other local parks and green spaces in Sudbury and Great Cornard – venue and timings to be arranged with the group.

ActivGardens provide a rounded learning environment with positive outcomes for work and life.

To find out more, or register your interest, please contact:
Susannah Robirosa
07530 407302
susannah@activlives.org.uk

You can also contact ActivLives on 01473 345350.

This programme is part of Skills Connect – a Youth Pledge project funded by the European Social Fund. It is led by East Coast College in partnership with Access Community Trust, DIAL and Voluntary Norfolk.

An ActivGardens participant stands by a work bench putting flowers into a pot. She wears an orange puffa jacket, black glasses and smiles ta the camera.
An ActivGardens participant wears a black coat and green wellies as they use a spade to dig into the allotment soil.
An image of an ActivGardens Participant. They wear a hi-vis jacket and green jumper as they push a wheelbarrow past a greenhouse.

“I am so glad I came to the community garden this week, I have had a bad week…and I really didn’t feel like going but I am so glad I did I feel so much better now, being in the garden, getting fresh air, seeing the staff and other volunteers has put a big smile on my face, I can’t wait til next week now.”

Samantha

Grow Your Future learner

“I like all the people here, and I feel comfortable, safe and while I am here I can just be myself. It helps to mix and meet others, as living alone I don’t have much outside life, so coming here helps with anxiety.

Peter

Grow Your Future learner

When?

Mondays & Fridays (People’s Community Garden) Thursdays (Sudbury)

Where?

The People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Rd, Ipswich, IP2 8RE

Belle Vue Park, Sudbury, CO10 2PP .

COST?

Nothing!

People's Community Garden

Belle Vue Park, Sudbury

Jun
28
Tue
2022
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Jun
30
Thu
2022
ActivSheds – Thursday Sessions for men @ CRESS Pavilion
Jun 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
ActivSheds - Thursday Sessions for men @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests! Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much? Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men. You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames, or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest. We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your own Men’s Shed project in your community
Booking essential! ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden. For further information, please contact Ian on 01473 345350 or ian@activlives.org.uk.
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Jul
1
Fri
2022
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests! Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much? Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men. You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames, or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest. We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your own Men’s Shed project in your community
ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden. For further information, please contact Ian on 01473 345350 or ian@activlives.org.uk.
Jul
5
Tue
2022
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Jul
7
Thu
2022
ActivSheds – Thursday Sessions for men @ CRESS Pavilion
Jul 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
ActivSheds - Thursday Sessions for men @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests! Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much? Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men. You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames, or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest. We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your own Men’s Shed project in your community
Booking essential! ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden. For further information, please contact Ian on 01473 345350 or ian@activlives.org.uk.
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Jul
8
Fri
2022
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests! Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much? Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men. You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames, or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest. We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your own Men’s Shed project in your community
ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden. For further information, please contact Ian on 01473 345350 or ian@activlives.org.uk.
Jul
12
Tue
2022
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Jul
14
Thu
2022
ActivSheds – Thursday Sessions for men @ CRESS Pavilion
Jul 14 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
ActivSheds - Thursday Sessions for men @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests! Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much? Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men. You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames, or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest. We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your own Men’s Shed project in your community
Booking essential! ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden. For further information, please contact Ian on 01473 345350 or ian@activlives.org.uk.
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Jul
15
Fri
2022
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests! Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much? Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men. You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames, or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest. We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your own Men’s Shed project in your community
ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden. For further information, please contact Ian on 01473 345350 or ian@activlives.org.uk.
Jul
19
Tue
2022
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Jul
21
Thu
2022
ActivSheds – Thursday Sessions for men @ CRESS Pavilion
Jul 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
ActivSheds - Thursday Sessions for men @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests! Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much? Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men. You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames, or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest. We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your own Men’s Shed project in your community
Booking essential! ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden. For further information, please contact Ian on 01473 345350 or ian@activlives.org.uk.
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Jul
22
Fri
2022
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests! Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much? Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men. You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames, or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest. We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your own Men’s Shed project in your community
ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden. For further information, please contact Ian on 01473 345350 or ian@activlives.org.uk.

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