Paint brushes and rollers at the ready in Birmingham!

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Don't forget to check the size of the challenge indicated by the key at the bottom of the page.  Plus, if available, click the photo link for your challenge to view your potential project.

405  Summer spruce! 

Challenge group size: M

Umberslade Nurseries 

What's the challenge?

Umberslade Nurseries (managed by Queen Alexandra Collage) is a rural idyll, garden and horticulture site situated in a highly residential area. The site boasts 2 acres of land, with polytunnels, flower and vegetable beds, sensory planting areas and a large woodland/meadow area. It is regularly used by QAC students and also a number of community groups (including people living with dementia and over 55s) and is also open to the public seasonally.

Umberslade’s aim is to provide a range of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to learn about horticulture, nature, the environment and conservation. Over the last couple of years they have built their reputation as being a hub for local community groups to run from, with weekly Dementia and ‘over 55s’ groups being well attended. More recently they have started working with local schools and police teams to help engage children 'at risk' of exclusion, anti social and criminal behaviour, with positive results on all sides.

 

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QAC students play an active part in life at Umberslade, helping maintain the site whilst learning a range of skills and engaging in the 'great outdoors'. However, when the student are not at college, the Umberslade workforce team decreases, meaning they look to involve volunteers in the tasks they have to do.

Over the Summer - June / July time, they have a number of outdoor painting tasks that need doing, something which is not always suitable for their students. This will include wooden structures (sheds, pergodas, trellis etc) and smaller pieces like benches and tables. The earlier in the summer this could be done that would be great as it would make the site fun, colourful and welcoming for the different activities and visitors over the summer. 

 

 

 

 

407  Lets get our Cob on!

Challenge group size: S

Umberslade Nurseries 

What's the challenge?

Umberslade Nurseries (managed by QAC) is a rural idyll, garden and horticulture site situated in a highly residential area. The site boasts 2 acres of land, with polytunnels, flower and vegetable beds, sensory planting areas and a large woodland/meadow area. It is regularly used by QAC students and also a number of community groups (including people with dementia and over 55s) and is also open to the public seasonally.

Umberslade’s aim is to provide a range of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to learn about horticulture, nature, the environment and conservation. Over the last couple of years they have built their reputation as being a hub for local community groups to run from, with weekly Dementia and ‘over 55s’ groups being well attended. More recently they have started working with local schools and police teams to help engage children 'at risk' of exclusion, anti social and criminal behaviour, with positive results on all sides.

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Following a fundraising success, Umberslade have installed an outdoor cob/ earth oven which is used at events and in workshops, to explore outdoor eating and bushcraft skills. The oven is situated on a concrete platform, which students attempted to tile - but never fully finished. 

Umberslade would love some Zurich volunteers - feeling a bit creative and wanting to step away from their desks - to come and help them start again. This would mean removing the old tiles that have been put on randomly, and using the tiles they do have to create something that looks much more appealing. Also, your general help making the immediate area look more inviting - painting, tidying, decorating, would be great, ready for the summer season.

Umberslade do have some tile sheets and mosaic tiles, but if the team are able to get more through donations from friends, colleagues, shops etc that would be great!!

 

410  Home sweet home

Challenge group size: S

Edward's Trust

What's the challenge?

Edward's Trust was founded by Peter and Hilary Dent in 1989 in memory of their son, Edward, who died of cancer when he was 7 years old.  They support people facing loss and surviving bereavement; primarily they offer holistic bereavement care within the West Midlands region. They provide:

- Support to parents bereaved, or about to be bereaved, of their son or daughter - whatever the age of their child or cause of death. 
- Support to anyone affected by the death of a child aged 18 years or under.
- Support to children and young people of school age who are bereaved, or are about to be bereaved, of a parent, significant carer, sibling or friend.
- A 'Well-Being in Bereavement' Service that includes complementary therapies and respite bereavement care for bereaved parents and carer.
- Training and consultation for professionals working with bereaved families or families who are about to be bereaved.

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On 4th December 2017, Edward's Trust moved into it's new home after 15 years at another building (also in Edgbaston). Even though they are now almost settled at No. 3 Vicarage Road, Edgbaston, their new building doesn't quite have its 'Edward's Trust' homely feel to it just yet. They have applied for some funding in order to purchase new furniture for their counselling and well-being rooms, and gradually it has started to get the look and feel that they wanted, but still a few loose ends left to tie up before they'll be fully satisfied with their new home. The Edwards Trust would love a small team to come and decorate their waiting room. At the moment, it is looking a little drab. The waiting room is an important room 'to get right' as bereaved parents and children are waiting to be seen. Some of them have made very brave steps in order to actually get themselves into the building. therefore, the waiting room needs to be welcoming and a tranquil place as they approach huge steps of a very long grief journey. The waiting room could really do with a lick of paint, some lamps, pictures, fairy lights etc to help make it look far more warm and inviting.

 

 

 

418  Get your brushes out!

Challenge group size: S

Where Next

What's the challenge?

Where Next is a charity in Worcestershire that provides work experience and training for people with learning difficulties or those disadvantaged in some way.  Through training and work experience, they help people reach their full potential and discover new talents and skills which in turn helps self-esteem, confidence, social skills and independence.  They support individuals of all ages with varying abilities at one of their six social enterprises based in Redditch or Studley, offering experience in horticulture, woodworking landscaping, small parts assembly and various training and social activities.   

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At the Redditch Nurseries (and HQ site) they have a purpose built large wooden lodge which is used constantly. Last year, challenge teams kindly gave the external timbers of 'New Lodge' a good first paint with an appropriate wood preservation product. New Lodge would really benefit from a second coat to further protect it.  

There is easy access and the is lodge a single storey, however, the back of the cabin is excluded and long rollers should be used for the apex of the sides.

 

 

 

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