Spring Season Plant Sale

Spring Season Plant Sale

Head to Chantry Walled Garden on Thursday 7 March for the ActivGardens Spring Plant Sale, join us between 10am-2pm.

Take a look around enjoy this lovely site, the hidden gem of Chantry Park and take the opportunity to buy a few plants for your garden at knock-down prices. Whilst you’re visiting why not enjoy a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake and have a chat with our fantastic volunteers too.

And with Mother’s Day just around the corner we’ll have pots of bulbs and floral displays for Mother’s Day also available!

Parking is available at the Sue Ryder Car Park. For disabled parking please call ahead, contact Ian on 07599 951060.

The full address for for your Sat Nav is: Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, IP2 0BS


A huge THANK YOU to Thompson & Morgan!

A huge THANK YOU to Thompson & Morgan!

ActivGardens volunteers and trainees have been planting bulbs kindly donated by Thompson & Morgan.

The bulbs have been made into displays and planted in our borders and are already putting up green shoots.

Come the Spring, the daffs, tulips, hyacinth and Allium will be putting  a smile on everyone’s face as they bloom in vibrant colours.

The local company, just across the park from one of our sites, has also donated a huge box of seeds packed with veg and flowers.

Our volunteers and staff were so pleased – it really gave us all a boost!

Pots of bulbs are available for Mother’s Day on Saturday 13th March 2021 from Chantry Walled Garden. Please email susannah@activlives.org or call Tuesdays and Thursdays on 07530 407302 if you would like to order in advance.

Sign up to the next ‘Grow Your Future’ programme NOW! – 18.09.20

Sign up to the next ‘Grow Your Future’ programme NOW! – 18.09.20

If you are looking for a new direction – how about taking part in a FREE outdoor-based learning programme at ActivGardens? ‘Grow Your Future’ will enable you to learn new skills and gain confidence on your way to further opportunities.

Sign up NOW to attend the induction day on Monday 23rd November 2020

The 12-week programme on Mondays/Fridays will include garden maintenance, horticulture and environmental conservation, with a chance to get involved in specialist activities such as woodworking or bee-keeping at The People’s Community Garden, Halifax Rd, Ipswich, IP2 8RE. 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. To find out more, or register your interest, please contact Susannah Robirosa on 07530 407302 or email susannah@activlives.org.uk. You can also contact ActivLives on 01473 345350   This project is funded by the European Social Fund and administered by LIFT Community Grants ‘Local Investment in Learning Paths to Work’.

ActivGardens projects & services to close.

ActivGardens projects & services to close.

Following the Government’s announcement last night (23 March 2020), ActivGardens and its projects and services will close.

A team of staff and key volunteers will continue to carry out essential tasks, managed according to Government guidelines.

We hope to be able to help supply fresh produce and plants to the local community when the situation improves.

Please check for further updates in three weeks.

Job availability – ActivHubs Development Officer

Job availability – ActivHubs Development Officer

Find the full job description and application form here: www.suffolkjobsdirect.org/social-care-activlives-activhubs-development-officer/57980.job

ActivLives is seeking a qualified, passionate and experienced person to lead an exciting falls prevention exercise programme targeted at older people who are at risk of falling.

ActivLives is developing the “Step by Step” Falls Prevention Project in partnership with the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group.

This project provides proven, structured exercise classes with a specific focus to help older people:

  • stay steady on their feet
  • reduce their risk of falling
  • improve their balance, strength and mobility
  • improve their confidence
  • stay independent
  • get out and meet others in a sociable environment.

ActivLives is now looking to appoint a part-time ActivHubs Development Officer to develop this exciting project in the Ipswich and East Suffolk Area.

You should:

  • have relevant experience and qualifications in fitness
  • have the ability to work under pressure
  • manage priorities in a busy environment
  • be able to work on your own initiative whilst being part of a team
  • have a ‘can-do’ attitude that inspires and motivates others.

If you have the skills and enthusiasm, this is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to support people to build their confidence and maintain their independence.

For an informal chat about the post, please call the main office on (01473) 345350 and ask for Cynthia.

For more general information about ActivLives, please visit: www.activlives.org.uk

An application pack can be downloaded from the related information section.

Please email completed application forms to: cynthia@activlives.org.uk or post to ActivLives, Brightspace, 160 Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP2 0HH (FAO Cynthia Glinos).

Interview date: 15 April 2020