Women’s Skills Exchange FREE workshops

Women’s Skills Exchange FREE workshops

Empower with flowers Tuesday 9 October 10am to 12.30pm at Chantry Walled Garden
Come and make a bouquet with our in-house British flower grower Emma Powell – enjoy tea and homemade cake too

Core cooking Tuesday 23 October (half term) 10am to 4pm at the People’s Community Garden
Cook with apples and other community garden produce – and eat the fruits of your labours in a shared meal – with Monica Askay, Orchards East

Warm up for Winter Tuesday 6 November 11am to 2pm to at Chantry Walled Garden
Basic gardening skills, preparing for winter, taking cuttings, compost-making, planning for spring at Chantry Walled Garden with Project Co-ordinator Lesley Hartley

Creative Christmas Thursday 6 December 10am to 12.30pm at Chantry Walled Garden
Make a seasonal wreath or Christmas craft over a warming drink and mince pie

Take up tools February 2019 date TBC at the People’s Community Garden
Basic woodworking at our ActivSheds project – make an obelisk or bird box with Elaine

Get buzzing for Spring March 2019 date TBC at the People’s Community Garden
Beginner beekeeping, tour of hives and bee crafts with Betsy Reid


The sessions are designed to be fun, accessible and sociable – but places are limited, so please book.

Further sessions will cover beginner gardening skills, Christmas crafts, construction and beekeeping.

The project, funded through Suffolk Community Foundation, will involve women of all ethnicities in learning and sharing skills and developing new opportunities for themselves.

Existing volunteers will act as “Garden Companions” to help newcomers settle in and learn gardening and horticultural skills.

The project will bring women together in an active way to learn and share skills and improve their health and wellbeing in a welcoming environment. Women will be able to engage and develop at a pace to suit them, fitting around responsibilities of home and children, and doing as much as they are able. It will bring older women and younger women together in a spirit of sharing and co-operation.

To book a place, or if you have a skill you would like to learn or share, please get in touch with ActivLives 01473 345350  or Project Co-ordinator Lesley Hartley lesley@activlives.org.uk