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.

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

Visit from the High Sheriff of Suffolk!

Visit from the High Sheriff of Suffolk!

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.

New sessions added to the ‘Everyday Activ’ programme in Ipswich

New sessions added to the ‘Everyday Activ’ programme in Ipswich

The ‘Everyday Activ Ipswich’ initiative, run by ActivLives and supported by Ipswich Borough Council, is aimed at getting more of us active and it seems to be working!

Kurling is just one of the many inclusive sports activities on the ‘Everyday Activ’ programme!

“We already have a variety of activities on our weekly programme including walking football, boccia, new age kurling, ping pong, badminton and yoga”, said Mike McCarthy, from ActivLives. “The sessions are very sociable and great fun, that’s the whole point really, it’s the social element that keeps people coming back! Most, although not all, of the participants on the programme are over the age of 55, some are into their 70’s and 80’s. It really is brilliant to see.”
The new sessions, which will all be starting in November in Ipswich, include a new kurling group, an additional yoga class for beginners and an exercise class with a difference.
If you would like to find out more about the ‘Everyday Activ’ programme and how you can get involved, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350, email mike@activlives.org.uk or visit the website at www.activlives.org.uk

Special Olympics badminton returns to Suffolk

Special Olympics badminton returns to Suffolk

The Special Olympics Eastern Region Badminton Tournament, which is being organised by Special Olympics Suffolk with the support of ActivLives and the Suffolk County Council ‘Most Active County’ initiative, will be held in Ipswich on Saturday 12th May.
“Special Olympics is sport for athletes with an intellectual disability and is the third element of the Olympic movement together with the
Paralympics and of course the Olympics themselves”, said Terry
McEntee, Chairman of Special Olympics Suffolk.
“This tournament will provide a great opportunity for our players in
Suffolk to compete against Special Olympians from across the country”, said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk.
The tournament, which will be a doubles competition, will serve as one of the last opportunities for selected players to prepare for the Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games which are being held in Stirling, Scotland this August.
The forthcoming competition in Ipswich will be restricted to players who are registered with Special Olympics GB, “We would love to get more
Special Olympic badminton players involved across our county”, said
Mike.
If you would like to find out more about how you can play badminton with Special Olympics Suffolk, please contact Mike McCarthy on 01473
345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk