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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
Lovely day meeting the Suffolk High Sheriff; George Vestey and showing him some of ActivLives activities. George was given a tour of some of our services in Ipswich, visiting Ipswich Borough Council’s Dundee House Sheltered Housing Scheme to meet members participating in our OTAGO Falls Prevention session and then on to the ActivGardens People’s Community Garden meeting staff and volunteers at ActivSheds and the Garden.
George was very impressed with what he saw and how our services impact on individuals, as well as the community. George then presented ActivLives with a ‘High Sheriff’s Certificate of Recognition’ as a token of appreciation on behalf of Suffolk and of all those who have benefited from the hard work and service of the Team and Volunteers at ActivLives.
Dear Friends and Supporters of ActivLives
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Aviva has selected our EverydayActiv project in Ipswich to go forward for voting, to support and develop our much needed activities in Ipswich, which we know you all love to attend.
We need you, your friends and families to register and cast your vote online so we have an opportunity of winning.
You can use up to 10 votes per person to support our project.
Voting closes at midday 20th November 2018.
If we get enough votes we have an opportunity to win £10,000 to support our much needed activities in Ipswich.
Please do share this with your friends, families and neighbours to help us win.
Thank you for your support.
All of us at ActivLives
Sadly, at around midday on Wednesday 5th September, the shed next to our apiary at The People’s Community Garden burned to the ground.
Luckily staff were on site, and saw the blaze from the cabin. They called the fire department, who came very swiftly to tackle the blaze.
Fortunately no-one was hurt, but we’ve lost valuable equipment that we use to maintain our bee hives – as well as equipment we use with local organisations and schools to teach them about the bees. On top of that, one of our hives has sustained irreparable damage.
The fire crew have told us that they believe it was an ARSON ATTACK, and have passed their report onto the police, who will be looking into it further.
Our apiary is across the site from The People’s Community Garden, on Halifax Rd, backing onto Stoke High School.
**If you have any information about the fire please get in touch with the police.**
We have set up a fundraising page through BT MyDonate to raise enough money to replace the shed and all the equipment that was damaged in the fire last week.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE
If you’d like to donate equipment or make a larger donation, please get in touch with us via 01473 345350 or email email@example.com
Whether it’s been a while or you’re a keen dancer – everyone’s welcome at ActivLives Tea Dance in the centre of Ipswich. Old classics to help get you in the groove, then lots of well earned refreshments for you to enjoy. So whether you are a couple, single or a group of friends, everyone is welcome, put on your glad rags and get ready to rumba.
Take a quick step down to The Corn Exchange, King Street in Ipswich on Thursday, 13th September at 2pm with the doors opening at 1.45pm with tickets at £7.50 for the afternoon. (In association with Ipswich Borough Council)
We have a special guest and in addition, there will be an airing of the Town Hall Polka, commissioned 150 years ago for the Mayoress at the ball celebrating the Town Hall’s opening.
An expert will be on on hand for help with some basic dance moves, so if you are a bit rusty she will be on hand to help.
Live music will be provided by the lovely and talented Gina Silburn, a wonderful local artist, singing ballroom favourites and dance-floor classics. So whether a waltz or a samba, or something more contemporary, come along and enjoy two hours of live music and dancing. Lovely homemade cakes and teas and coffees will be available to revive you during the afternoon.
Julie Stokes, Chief Executive Officer of ActivLives, said ” Tea Dances are a fun way for local people to get together and it is not only for couples who enjoy dancing but also those who may be on their own, to give them the opportunity to make new friends at a fun, relaxed event, with the bonus of being able to dance with like-minded people.”
As well as providing an enjoyable opportunity to dance, it has been shown that Tea Dances play a valuable role in tackling the important issue of loneliness amongst the elderly. Research has highlighted that 1.2 million older people are chronically lonely, and half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend every day alone.
Everyone is welcome to come along to the ActivLives Tea Dances. Whether you just like to listen to the music, enjoy making new friends or just want to dance, there is something for everyone – and tea and cake too!
Ticket Prices: £7.50 adults, including refreshments
To Buy Tickets: Please visit call 01473 345350
For more information, please contact Alison Pearson, Community Engagement Officer on 01473 345350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org