Gardening gloves at the ready in Birmingham!

Phone lines open on Wednesday 23 May at 11am.  Please call Carla Mandis on 01793 406007 and select option 2 to book.  

Don't forget to check at 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  Green Fingers

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 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, this being said, when they are not at college, the Umberslade workforce team decreases, meaning they look to involve volunteers in the tasks they have to do.

During August / September time there will be a range of gardening tasks - planting, weeding, harvesting, bed turning, tidying and clearing needed to help get the site ready for the next season. With students being on academic holiday until early September, and not coming straight back out to Umberslade when they return to college, the staff team there (which is small) could really use some volunteers to help!

This can be picked up by more than one team.

 

 

 

409  On the face of it...

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 offering 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 'Wellbeing 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. The entrance to the building is quite an important part as bereaved parents and children are approaching the front door.  Some of them have made very brave steps in order to actually get themselves into the building. therefore our outdoor area around the front needs to be welcoming and a tranquil place as they approach huge steps of a very long grief journey.

The front of the building does have potential to be turned into a sensory/therapy garden with new plants that can sit on the sill across the double fronted ledges of the building, and a general tidy up with some new potted plants and plants that will bloom during the Spring / Summer, and to make it more welcoming and a warmer, comforting place where their clients feel safe and secure to open up as part of their counselling journey. Edwards Trust support over 600 families per year, all of which come to receive their counselling.

412  Everything must go!

Challenge group size: L

St Anne's

What's the challenge?

St Anne's provides a safe and secure alternative to life on the streets, giving single homeless men aged 25 and over the chance to rebuild their self-confidence and make permanent positive changes to their lifestyle.
St Anne's provide accommodation and services for 59 men: 37 men live in the direct access hostel, 18 men live in one bedroom self contained apartments next the hostel and a shared terraced house in the community for 4 men.
They work closely with a number of voluntary and statutory agencies to provide the best possible service to their clients. The charity does not receive any public funding and it relies on charitable donations to undertake its much needed work.

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St Anne's would love a team of volunteers to help them clear a piece of waste land in front of Parkview where their 18 self contained apartments are located and next door to the hostel. Over the years the land has been used as a dumping ground by people passing by. Weeds have become very overgrown and need pruning. The site has also been used to dump building materials that need to be disposed off in a skip. 

The land clearance will benefit all people connected with St Anne's including residents and visitors to the project but the primary beneficiaries will be the 18 men who live at Parkview. 

Some staff and service users will join the team on the day of the challenge to help clear the site. 

414  Mix & Match

Challenge group size: M

Chadsgrove School

What's the challenge?

Chadsgrove School near Bromsgrove is for children and young people with physical disabilities and complex medical needs. The children age ranges from 2-25. 

The school has many lovely facilities that need maintaining on a regular basis.

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Depending on the time of year and size of the team, the challenge would be to bring some life back into a section of the garden that needs its wooden furniture, railings and plant boxes repainting. They also need assistance with  planting, weeding, general garden maintenance and tidying. The school also needs assistance in tidying the school grounds generally, as many of the areas could do with a clear up. 

 

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415  Greener Pastures

Challenge group size: S

BID Services

What's the challenge?

Since 1872 BID Services has provided services to support the deaf community in Birmingham. Today they have expanded their work and now support people who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired or have a dual sensory loss in Birmingham and further afield.

They work in partnership with children, young people and adults and their families and carers. BID offer a wide range of services to enable people with sensory loss to gain independence, develop valuable life skills, move into employment, develop friendships, access leisure and social opportunities and to adapt to life with a sensory impairment.

Their specialist service areas include Advocacy, Employment, British Sign Language Interpreting and Training, Rehabilitation and Mobility Training,

Specialist Equipment, Residential Care, Social Work, support for Tinnitus and Housing Related Services.

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BID Services would love a team, of 4 – 6 people, to help their Life Skills group create a nice outdoor space at their Deaf Cultural Centre in Birmingham which is located just a few minutes’ walk from the Hagley Road. The Life Skills group runs every week on a Friday and offers opportunities for deaf adults with learning disabilities to take part in a range of different activities and develop valuable Life Skills. They currently have an outdoor space, next to their café which the Life Skills group use, which is plain, uninspiring and underused. The space is separated from their car park by raised planters. While they have chairs for people to sit down and enjoy the space, the space is not very inviting and they would like to bring it to life with some plants and perhaps some additional garden furniture (depending on costs). We would love a team to work alongside the Life Skills group to make this into a lovely outdoor space for the group and all of the visitors to the Deaf Cultural Centre to enjoy. We have two levels of Life Skills groups and around 8 people attend each group, therefore, we anticipate that around 8 people from the group will take part in the challenge. 

BID would be grateful if the team would raise funds to purchase the flowers, pots and other resources required to undertake the challenge. 

416  Don't stop beleafing!

Challenge group size: M

BID Services

What's the challenge?

Since 1872 BID Services has provided services to support the deaf community in Birmingham. Today they have expanded their work and now support people who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired or have a dual sensory loss in Birmingham and further afield. 

They work in partnership with children, young people and adults and their families and carers. BID offer a wide range of services to enable people with sensory loss to gain independence, develop valuable life skills, move into employment, develop friendships, access leisure and social opportunities and to adapt to life with a sensory impairment. 

Their specialist service areas include Advocacy, Employment, British Sign Language Interpreting and Training, Rehabilitation and Mobility Training, Specialist Equipment, Residential Care, Social Work, support for Tinnitus and Housing Related Services.

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BID Services would love a team of approx 10 people to give the garden at their residential home, Chesterberry, a new lease of life. Chesterberry is their residential home in Erdington which is the home of 7 clients who are deaf with additional needs. 

Chesterberry’s garden is currently serviceable but really could do with some TLC to make it more inviting for the residents. They would love a team to work alongside the residents to a) plan work on the garden and b) spend the day bringing the plans to life e.g. potting plants, planting flower beds and generally tidying the space up. 

This project will benefit all of the home’s residents along with their friends and family that visit them at Chesterberry and the staff working with them.

 

419  Heave Ho!

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 our 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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Where Next would love a team to clear an unused area behind their Old Lodge and lay some membrane and chippings. They want to make it suitable for storage or the parking of vans and they simply don't have the resource or manpower to do this job. They have all the tools needed, along with the membrane and chippings to be laid after the clearing - they just need a willing team happy to help! The team will be supported by a member of the Where Next team who will be on hand to give instruction and guidance on the day. 

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450  Pave the way!

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 our 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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Where Next Spernal is located just outside of Studley Vilage in Warwickshire. They would love a team to come to their Spernal site to create and lay a pathway around their ‘Edible Garden’ area. The team would be required to provide manpower to lay approx 100 slabs. The team will be supported by a member of the Where Next team who will be on hand to give instruction and guidance on the day. 

 

 

 = Wheelchair accessible

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