Paint brushes and rollers at the ready in Birmingham!

Phone lines open on Wednesday 17 May at 10am.  Please call Carla Mandis on 07812 265216 to book.  

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.

 

406  Polyfun

Challenge group size: M

Umberslade Nurseries

What's the challenge?

Umberslade Nurseries is a social enterprise that is managed by Queen Alexandra College. A two acre horticultural site based in a largely residential area, it offers a rural idyll that give people the opportunity to re-engage in gardening and nature, as well as other activities.

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Umberslade would love a team to re-cover an existing polytunnel and clear some of its contents. This will enable it to be used by students and client groups for a range of horticulture and gardening based activities, providing a protected environment for them and the plants/seeds they are working with. A team of 8 people would be required, due to the size and positions of the tunnel, to do the job. Umberslade will give written instructions and someone will be on hand from Umberslade on the day to give guidance and some support. 

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407  Painting Zen

Challenge group size: S

Umberslade Nurseries

What's the challenge?

Umberslade Nurseries is a social enterprise that is managed by Queen Alexandra College. A two acre horticultural site based in a largely residential area, it offers a rural idyll that gives people the opportunity to re-engage in gardening and nature, as well as other activities.  

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Umberslade would love a small team to come in and paint their very tired looking pagoda - it's in need of some much needed colour and protection from the elements! They also have some slabs inside the pagoda that need to be taken up and replaced with wood chippings. Photos >  

 

409  A touch of paint

Challenge group size: M

Birmingham Settlement

What's the challenge?

Birmingham Settlement is one of the oldest charities in the city. For over 100 years, they have helped the people of Birmingham overcome the challenges they face, giving people advice, support and access to activities and training to help them achieve their goals and live happier lives.

Birmingham Settlement supports the community with: older people’s services, children and young people’s services, training and employment advice, money advice and development support for community organisations.

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The charity would love for a team to come in and redecorate their nursery which needs a good lick of paint. The nursery is also used for counselling sessions and, therefore, they would love a team to divide the painting up - one section to be fun and colourful for the children, the other section to be calming and painted with neutral colours and thus suitable for counselling and support. The charity would also be grateful for some support in obtaining some soft furnishing to brighten up the area and/or help in purchasing a new storage cupboard to house toys and crafts. Photos > 

 

 

411  A touch of paint

Challenge group size: M

Acacia Family Support

What's the challenge?

Acacia Family Support is a Birmingham charity that exists to improve the lives of mothers and families affected by antenatal and postnatal depression (PND) and anxiety. One in five mothers suffer from depression, anxiety or psychosis during pregnancy or in the first years after childbirth and suicide is the second leading cause of maternal death in the UK behind heart disease. This can have devastating effects on the family. 

Acacia was established in Birmingham in 2004 by two local mothers who had experienced PND but found specialist support to be lacking. They are the only specialist voluntary sector provider of PND support services across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

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Acacia would love for a team to come into their small head office in Sutton Coldfield to give it a mini makeover. This would include: painting the walls in the main office, painting the front door, make the office 'greener' with plants - they would particularly love their window flower boxes to be refreshed - taking some unused items to the tip (which is not far from the office), shredding old client files and washing office creche toys. The challenge would ideally be carried out during the school holidays - July/August. Photos > 

 

 

 

418  Get your brushes out!

Challenge group size: M

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 two purpose built large wooden lodges which are used constantly. These require the external timbers to be painted with appropriate wood preservation products on a regular basis.  These were painted a number of years ago by staff from a local bank but are now in desperate need of further treatment.  There is easy access and they are single storey. However, the back of one of the cabins is excluded and long rollers should be used for the apex of the sides. Photographs are attached. Photos > 

 

 

419  Games Galore!

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. The Where Next? Hub provides training courses supporting literacy and numeracy, healthy eating, life skills, as well as health and wellbeing. The Hub also offers craft activities, along with social outings, which will increase participation, identify needs and reduce isolation.

More than 100 people with a variety of disabilities attend the Hub each month. The centre is also the only community venue in the area with a fully accessible personal care suite which enables people with complex needs to participate in the activities alongside their friends.  

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The Hub would love for a small team to come in and redecorate their small games rooms which really needs some colour and inspiration. They would love a team to get their creative juices flowing and jazz up the room. They have also asked the charity to fundraise to help them get a PS4 for gaming and they would love the team to help them raise the funds for this equipment. Photos >  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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