Celebrating ‘Move Suffolk Week’!

Next week is ‘Move Suffolk Week’ and to help to celebrate this we are holding our ‘ActivFriends Week’.

 

We are involved with several events next week including:

 

  • Saturday 18th May (10-4pm), Special Olympics Eastern Region Badminton Tournament at Gainsborough Sport Centre, Ipswich, IP3 0SP. The third hosting of this event in Ipswich with competitors coming from as far afield as Exeter, Lincoln, Birmingham, Southampton, Bournemouth, London and Scotland. There will also be a strong Suffolk team competing for the medals. Please note – this is for spectators only as entries are now closed for this event. Refreshments will be available.

 

  • Monday 20th May (11-12), ActivLives Health Walk in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, IP4 2BX. 45-60 minutes comfortable walking in this beautiful town park. Meet at the Soane Street entrance at 10.45am. The group is approximately 25-30 in number – this is a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the park in spring and meet some lovely people. FREE – New participants welcome.

 

  • Tuesday 21st May (4.30-6), Inclusive Boccia Taster at Gainsborough Sport Centre, Ipswich, IP3 0SP. This event is particularly aimed at anyone over the age of 14, who has a learning disability and would like to try this great sport. FREE to new participants.

 

  • Wednesday 22nd May (10-3), The Golden Games at Whitton Sport Centre, Ipswich, IP1 6LW. This event is focussed on promoting well-being through memories. Helping to tackle dementia, depression, loneliness and isolation through sport and physical activity. Activities available include: Ping Pong, Kurling, Boccia Seated Dance and Short Mat Bowls. FREE – all welcome. (Flyer attached to this email).

 

  • Monday 20th-Friday 24th May (inclusive) ActivLives ‘ActivFriends Week’. All this week ActivLives are inviting new participants to come and try one of their weekly inclusive sport and physical activity sessions held in Ipswich as part of the Everyday Activ-Ipswich programme. All of these sessions are particularly targeted at those who are over 50 years old (no upper age limit!), who don’t currently exercise regularly. Activities include Beginners Yoga (Mon/Weds), Short Mat Bowls (Tues), Badminton (Tues), Ping Pong & Short Tennis (Weds), Boccia, (Mon/Thurs) and Walking Football (Thurs/Fri).

All of these sessions offer a free taster to new participants throughout this week.

 

For more details about any of the above events please call on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Job availability – ActivSheds Session Leader

Job availability – ActivSheds Session Leader

ActivGardens: ActivSheds Session Leader

Closing date: Friday 17th May 2019 Interviews: Friday 24th May or by appointment

 

Initially: Five sessions Mondays 10th June to 8th July inclusive 1pm to 4pm (clients to arrive around 1pm for lunch break and session to run 1.30-3.30pm)

  • We hope to add a second session on Monday mornings for people who need a level of support to access the project (for example, older people with dementia, disabilities or special needs)

 

Rate: £45 per half day session

 

Where you’ll be working: ActivSheds project, at the CRESS Pavilion (an ActivGardens project near the People’s Community Garden)

Halifax Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 8RE.

About ActivGardens

ActivGardens are lively, inspiring and very busy community sites which support people to lead an active, healthy life, learn and share skills, and contribute to their community. Our projects work with a wide range of people, including long-term unemployed, people experiencing mental ill health, depression and anxiety, people with disabilities, older people, and refugees and asylum seekers. We run a schools programme working with children of all ages, including those who find it difficult to learn at school. Our core Volunteer Team helps with the day to day maintenance of ActivGardens.

 

What you’ll be doing:
Main role: Leading sessions for up to six people referred by Suffolk Refugee Support, supported by a translator. We hope to offer a supported session to other client groups, as above.

 

Your role will involve:

  • Organising and resourcing the sessions within budget
  • Planning and administration – session plan, record attendance, brief summary of learning/ achievements/ client feedback after each session
  • Leading the sessions
  • Generating a friendly, positive atmosphere and encouraging communication and integration between members of the group and the wider team
  • Working alongside placements to enable them to engage in woodworking and basic construction as part of the ActivSheds project and wider volunteer team
  • To help participants develop their own ideas for projects and bring to fruition
  • Directing ActivGardens volunteers where necessary/ appropriate
  • Health and Safety – session leader is expected to maintain safe working environment/ safe working practices at all times, including safe use of machinery. Group H&S induction will be carried out at first session, supported by ActivLives and Suffolk Refugee Support.

 

You will gain skills in:

  • Leading sessions
  • Working with refugees and asylum seekers and other client groups
  • Working as part of a thriving community project
  • Administration and organisation

 

You will need a DBS check and an up to date certificate in the following:

  • First Aid
  • Health and Safety
  • Training available through ActivLives

You will need the following practical skills:

  • Carpentry, woodworking, construction and DIY skills to a very good level
  • Safe and competent use of power tools and electric machinery
  • Administrational skills
  • Basic IT

 

Personal qualities: you will be –

  • A team player with a positive, friendly attitude and excellent communication skills
  • Someone who enjoys working with people and is sensitive to the needs of target client groups
  • Experience of working or volunteering in a community-based setting and/ or with people with needs is desirable but not essential.

 

What you’ll get out of it: This position is suitable for someone with a passion for carpentry and construction, who enjoys working with people and passing on their skills. You will gain experience of working in the charity sector as part of a diverse, award-winning community project.

 

The sessions may be extended beyond the initial five afternoon sessions to include morning sessions/ other groups.

To apply:  Please email a covering letter (no more than one side of A4) explaining why you would like to be considered for the role, together with your CV, to Susannah Robirosa, ActivGardens Development Manager susannah@activlives.org.uk, Alternatively, please post or drop in to ActivLives, Brightspace, 160 Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP2 0HH.

 

If you have any questions, or would like an informal chat about the role, please call Susannah on 07530 407302 or ActivLives 01473 345350.

All applications must be received by Friday 17th May 2019.

ActivGardens on hospice Great Garden Trail

ActivGardens on hospice Great Garden Trail

Volunteers are pulling out all the stops in preparation for two special ActivGardens open garden events as part of St Elizabeth Hospice Great Garden Trail.

On Friday 10th May, visitors are invited to explore the People’s Community Garden, bursting with volunteer-grown veg, herbs and flowers, alongside wildlife meadows, ponds and a permaculture orchard.

  • Beekeeping demonstration and tour of our Wild Zone is at 12 noon
  • The CRESS Community Market and Café will run as usual that day, from 10am to 12.30pm at the our CRESS Pavilion (entry free of charge), so visitors can enjoy this friendly, bustling event and enjoy a cuppa and a homemade cake courtesy of Chantry Academy pupils.

Then on Saturday 15th June, it’s the turn of Chantry Walled Garden to open its gates to invite members of the public to browse our selection of bee and butterfly-friendly perennials and annuals, enjoy a stroll along our flower borders, and enjoy a cuppa and homemade cake in Nursery Cottage garden.

Both gardens are open 10am to 3pm. Entrance to each garden will be £3 (children free), with additional £2 for CommuniBees Apiary Tour.  Proceeds will be shared between the two charities.

Parking is available at or near both gardens, and there is wheelchair access to most areas. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on a lead.

St Elizabeth Hospice’s Great Garden Trail runs throughout spring and summer to help generate the funds the hospice needs for its invaluable services. For more information and a full list of gardens involved, together with maps: https://www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/great-garden-trail-2019/

2019 Poster of all garden dates

  • The People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, includes vegetable plots, a heritage orchard, sensory garden, wildlife areas and herb spiral. The project enables people of all ages and abilities to get active, learn skills and contribute to their community. It has a diverse volunteer base and works with schools and young people.
  • Historic Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP2 0BS, has flower borders and vegetable growing areas, extensive glasshouses, and a courtyard garden designed for wheelchair users, enabling older people to carry on gardening. Young people on work placement learn about horticulture here and volunteers from the local community help tend the garden and grow plants.
  • We accept placements at both gardens, by arrangement.
  • Volunteers welcome at both sites.

 

Future events are Thursday 12th September – Autumn plant fair at Chantry Walled Garden, Friday 11th October – CRESS market, with CRESS Christmas on Friday 6th December. We regret to say there will be no Big Garden Party this year.

ActivLives Member to run non-stop from Hastings to Sproughton to celebrate his 60th birthday

ActivLives Member to run non-stop from Hastings to Sproughton to celebrate his 60th birthday

In May, to mark the passing of a significant birthday, David Cranwell is running 132 miles in aid of The Eye Appeal at Ipswich Hospital and ActivLives

David has named it the “Born to Run Home Challenge” as it starts at the site of the former maternity hospital in Hastings where he was born, and finishes at his home near Ipswich.  His challenge is made more daunting though, as he plans to run the entire journey across two days without a single minute sleep – arriving the day before he turns 60 on May 5.The amazing thing is that he will have very little in the way of support and will be carrying what he needs for the challenge and stocking up with food and water at various points by nipping into supermarkets or in some places where he may have assistance from friends.

David has chosen Activlives as one of the charities he would like to support as he attends many of the services as a carer for his mother in law, who also lives with them and has advanced vascular dementia.

Lindsay Bennett Activhubs Development Manager says, “Activlives provides many varied activities that help to keep older adults socially engaged and active; this is a life line for many of our members living with complex health issues including Audrey, David’s mother-in law”.

ActivLives would like to say a big Thank-You to David as this is a truly amazing challenge and we are honoured that you have chosen ActivLives as one of your Charities. David hopes to raise £10,000 to share between the two charities.

If you would like to donate please go to his just giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/borntorunhome or speak to a member of ActivLives or your activity leader and ask to fill in a sponsor form pledge.

Many thanks in advance for your continued support. Lindsay Bennett Development Manager.

Suffolk amongst the medals in Special Olympics badminton

Suffolk amongst the medals in Special Olympics badminton

Special Olympics Suffolk badminton players enjoyed a very successful trip to the West Midlands recently when they competed in the Special Olympics Regional Tournament held in Cannock, Staffordshire.

The Suffolk team, consisting of 12 local players, played with, and competed against, players from 10 other Special Olympics clubs from across the country from as far afield as Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Exeter, Wigan, Worcester and Shropshire. The Suffolk medal tally included 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze.
“Our team performed brilliantly”, said Mike McCarthy, Coach with Special Olympics Suffolk and ActivLives. “We are very proud of our players who all played up to, and in many cases beyond, their rankings. In addition to being very competitive, our players show a great attitude of support for each other and sportsmanship towards their opponents. They really are a privilege to work with”.

Special Olympics is sport for athletes with learning disabilities, and is relatively new to Suffolk, having only been established in our county as recently as 2014.

In addition to badminton, Special Olympics Suffolk also competes in athletics and gymnastics and is planning to add boccia and football to the list before the end of this year.

If you would like to find out more about Special Olympics opportunities in Suffolk, information can be found on the website at www.specialolympicssuffolk.org, by emailing mike@activlives.org.uk or by telephoning on 01473 345350