Calling all nature-loving volunteers

Calling all nature-loving volunteers

ActivGardens are calling on those who love getting close to nature in the great outdoors to join us on a Monday afternoon for environmental conservation volunteering in our Wild Zone.

From April, when the bees start buzzing, you will also be able to get involved in bee-keeping sessions at our community apiary.

We need help with maintaining and developing our wildflower meadow, dead-hedging, wildlife habitat, and other areas.

You can enjoy spotting wildlife and birds from our bird hide and, on special occasions, enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation around the campfire.

  • Sessions will run Mondays 1.30 to 3.30pm (a little earlier in winter when the light is fading).

This opportunity if funded by the Postcode Local Trust – a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. It is part of our ‘Bee Amazed’ project which provides opportunities for people living in urban areas to get involved in beekeeping, learning about the environment, and taking part in conservation volunteering in their local area.

 

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact our Project Officer Bev Baker at ActivLives 01473 345350 or email beverly@activlives.org.uk

Our ‘Grow Your Future’ Open Day is fast approaching!

Our ‘Grow Your Future’ Open Day is fast approaching!

It’s on Thursday 23 January from 1pm to 3pm at the People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE.

There will be hot drinks and biccies, and a chance to look around the gardens and speak to members of our friendly team.

OPEN DAY Agenda

  • 1pm – Tour of Community Garden and facilities – entrance on laneway between Halifax Road and Wherstead Road
  • From 1.30pm – refreshments available in CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road
  • 2pm – Short presentation of Grow Your Future project in pavilion
  • From 2.30pm – a chance to ask questions, network and take another look around the gardens

 

Please let ActivLives know if you are coming on 01473 345350

  • If you are unable to find the site, please call Project Manager Susannah on 07530 407302

 


 

If you are looking for a new direction in 2020 – how about taking part in a free outdoor-based learning programme at ActivGardens, part of local charity ActivLives?

‘Grow Your Future’ will enable you to learn new skills and gain confidence on your way to further opportunities and employment.

The 12-week scheme will include garden maintenance, horticulture and environmental conservation, with a chance to get involved in specialist activities such as woodworking or bee-keeping.

Grow Your Future is for anyone aged 16+ who is unemployed or economically inactive, and encourages people who face barriers to work – such as a disability, health condition, or caring responsibilities.

The programme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Education & Skills funding Agency, and administered by LIFT Community Grants ‘Local Investment in Learning Paths to Work’.

 

  • If you would like to find out more, please come along to our open day on Thursday 23 January from 1pm to 3pm at the People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE. There will be hot drinks and food, and a chance to look around the gardens and speak to members of our friendly team.

Please contact Susannah on 07530 407302 or email susannah@activlives.org.uk or ActivLives on 01473 345350 to find out more or to register your interest. The first session will start on Monday 3 February.

Support the ‘Women’s Skills Exchange’!

Support the ‘Women’s Skills Exchange’!

We’re raising money for our new project – the Women’s Skills Exchange, which is a project that will bring women together at our community gardens – we want to develop it to encourage women of all abilities to learn, share skills, and develop new opportunities – as well as make some new friends along the way!

But to develop the project, we need some funds – that’s where you come in!

We’ve launched a crowdfunding page in connection with the Aviva Community Fund, and have some rewards up for grabs in return for your donation to our project.

The crowdfunder closes at 23:59 on 20th December 2019 – so get your donations in now!

Click the link below to find out more information, and to have a look at the rewards we have on offer!
https://acf.crowdfunder.co.uk/womens-skills-exchange

 

We also made a film to show you what the Women’s Skills Exchange is all about!

Dreaming of a green Christmas!

Dreaming of a green Christmas!

A wonderful selection of crafts, plants, seasonal arrangements and produce will be on offer at our festive market, all made or grown at ActivGardens.

  • CRESS Community Market and Café is Friday 6th December
  • 10am till 12.30pm
  • At the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE

Young people from a partner academy will be behind the serving hatch at our community café, with seasonal goodies they have made.

There will be fresh produce to help keep you healthy throughout the winter, all grown at the community garden.
Pansies, viola and wallflower grown at Chantry Walled Garden will be available to brighten up your garden and pots.
ActivSheds’ hedgehog homes, bird boxes and bird feeders will make wonderful gifts to help our wildlife through the winter.
ActivLives community singing group ‘Keep on Rockin’ will be in full voice on this special occasion.

Every pound you spend with us will go into our gardening, construction, beekeeping and nature conservation programmes for the whole community, including long-term unemployed, people with learning disabilities, older people with dementia, members of minority ethnic communities, and young people.

So why not come and join us and pick up some original gifts for a greener Christmas! It’s a great chance to have a chat and cuppa too – accompanied by a delicious homemade cake! For further details, or if you would like to hold a stand at the event, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or Susannah on 07530 407302 or email susannah@activlives.org.uk 

Turn over new leaf at ActivGardens in free learning scheme

Turn over new leaf at ActivGardens in free learning scheme

If you are looking for a new direction in 2020 – how about taking part in a free outdoor-based learning programme at ActivGardens, part of local charity ActivLives?

‘Grow Your Future’ will enable you to learn new skills and gain confidence on your way to further opportunities and employment.

The 12-week scheme will include garden maintenance, horticulture and environmental conservation, with a chance to get involved in specialist activities such as woodworking or bee-keeping.

Grow Your Future is for anyone aged 16+ who is unemployed or economically inactive, and encourages people who face barriers to work – such as a disability, health condition, or caring responsibilities.

The programme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Education & Skills funding Agency, and administered by LIFT Community Grants ‘Local Investment in Learning Paths to Work’.

 

  • If you would like to find out more, please come along to our open day on Thursday 23 January from 1pm to 3pm at the People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE. There will be hot drinks and food, and a chance to look around the gardens and speak to members of our friendly team.

Please contact Susannah on 07530 407302 or email susannah@activlives.org.uk or ActivLives on 01473 345350 to find out more or to register your interest. The first session will start on Monday 3 February.