Gardening gloves at the ready in Leeds!

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

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

552  Make sensory of this

Challenge group size: L  

Lineham Farm Children's Centre

What's the challenge?

Lineham Farm Children's Centre are a childrens charity based in Eccup in Leeds that provides residential weeks during term time for 8 - 12 year old children.

They invite schools from underprivileged areas in Leeds to stay with them from Monday to Friday with their school friends and teachers.  During the week they take part in outdoor activities like high ropes, climbing, archery, bushcraft, orienteering and animal care.

The activity workers are role models for the young children and during the week they boost confidence and improve morale - the children learn about caring for the environment and treating each other with respect.

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Lineham Farm would love a team to help them to complete their sensory garden. The area needs a general tidy up, with some help weeding and planting and generally making it look lovely again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

555  Green Fingers

Challenge group size: L

Ruddi's Retreat

What's the challenge?

Ruddi’s Retreat is a local charity that aims to help families with seriously ill children have access to a holiday home for free. 
They help families with young children suffering from the effects and after effects of Cancer Treatment, Life Limiting Illnesses or Bereavement to enjoy a family holiday together with minimal financial cost. They also provide 'Gwennie’s Getaways' which provides short term breaks to those with Dementia and their family and carers. 

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Ruddi's have a raised garden and rockery built into the hillside that runs just alongside their tea shop (100% of the tea shop profits goes towards running the charity) that needs some TLC. 

Ruddi's would love to see the garden brought to life with flowers, flowering shrubs and perhaps some herbs that can be used in the tea shop!

 

557  The hostess with the mostess

Challenge group size: S 

The Growing Zone

What's the challenge?

The Growing Zone in Kippax is an award winning community garden project for children and adults with various special needs and visual impairments. At the GZ, they teach gardening, crafts, construction, photography and many more living skills.

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There is always much work to be had at the Growing Zone! This year, the Growing Zone had its 10th anniversary and it attributes much of its success to its relationship with the Zurich Leeds office and ZCT. The GZ would love a small team of volunteers to attend a hosting day. They are hosting 12 young people from NCS and they need 6 volunteers to help and work alongside the young people while they learn about gardening and other living skills.

 

                                                     

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562  Pathing a plenty

Challenge group size: M 

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

What's the challenge?

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm (MVUF) is a registered local independent charity that provides educational services to disadvantaged young people, adults with learning disabilities and primary school children. 

MVUF offers a rural/country environment within 23 miles of Leeds City Centre and it is open to visitors every day. It is a resource available to local communities and beyond and it promotes health and well-being, sustainability, conservation, recycling and an awareness of habitats and the natural world.The 24-acre site contains a range of farm animals, ornamental and market gardens and a variety of wildlife habitats. 

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MVUF would love a team help them increase the width of a section of footpath from a single slab wide to three slabs wide. The tasks involves removing grass turf and underlying soil and barrowing elsewhere on site. Barrowing sand/aggregate from the car park to create a base for new slabs that also have to be transported from the car park. It will also be necessary to construct a low timber retaining 'wall' possibly two sleepers high at the tallest point.

There is a secondary element to this task that requires construction of a second sleeper 'wall'. The path widening is located at one end of a new 'Celebration Border' where initial planting (funded by a third party) will take place this Spring. The secondary element is located at the opposite end of the 'Celebration Garden'

Note: The car park is the closest point to which materials can be delivered. MVUF does not have any funds available to provide the materials required for either part of this task. It is estimated materials and tools could cost in the region of £300/£350 so the challenge does include a modest amount of fund raising.

 

                                                     

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563  Timber up!

Challenge group size: F 

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

What's the challenge?

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm (MVUF) is a registered local independent charity that provides educational services to disadvantaged young people, adults with learning disabilities and primary school children. 

MVUF offers a rural/country environment within 23 miles of Leeds City Centre and it is open to visitors every day. It is a resource available to local communities and beyond and it promotes health and well-being, sustainability, conservation, recycling and an awareness of habitats and the natural world.The 24-acre site contains a range of farm animals, ornamental and market gardens and a variety of wildlife habitats. 

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MVUF would love a small team to help them replace a fence (fence replacement 2). The team will be assisted, guided and supervised by a member of MVUF staff. A section fencing to the sheep fields requires replacing and a new metal hand gate installing. The task will involve removing the existing timber rails and posts gate. Two new timber posts will be installed using tantalised timber and a total of 6/8 timber rails fixed to the new posts and the existing posts. A new metal gate will then be fitted to the new posts.

MVUF does not have funds for the materials required for this task. It is estimated the materials and tools required will cost in the region of £300/£350 so the challenge will include a modest amount of fund raising.

 

                                                     

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564  Fencing fun

Challenge group size: F 

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

What's the challenge?

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm (MVUF) is a registered local independent charity that provides educational services to disadvantaged young people, adults with learning disabilities and primary school children. 

MVUF offers a rural/country environment within 23 miles of Leeds City Centre and it is open to visitors every day. It is a resource available to local communities and beyond and it promotes health and well-being, sustainability, conservation, recycling and an awareness of habitats and the natural world.The 24-acre site contains a range of farm animals, ornamental and market gardens and a variety of wildlife habitats. 

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MVUF would love a small team to help them replace a fence (fence replacement 2). The team will be assisted, guided and supervised by a member of MVUF staff. A section fencing to the sheep fields requires replacing and a new metal hand gate installing. The task will involve removing the existing timber rails and posts gate. Two new timber posts will be installed using tantalised timber and a total of 6/8 timber rails fixed to the new posts and the existing posts. A new metal gate will then be fitted to the new posts.

MVUF does not have funds for the materials required for this task. It is estimated the materials and tools required will cost in the region of £300/£350 so the challenge will include a modest amount of fund raising.

 

                                                     

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565  Revamping Hope!

Challenge group size: S 

Home-Start Leeds 

What's the challenge?

Home-Start Leeds is a local family support charity. Their organisation is an independent charity affiliated to the national organisation Home-Start UK who provide them with guidance, policy & procedures to ensure high quality services. Their service is delivered primarily by a team of highly trained volunteers recruited from the local community. Currently in Leeds they have a team of 110 volunteers and a paid staff team of 18 (10 ft equiv). Families are referred for support from a range of agencies and can refer themselves. All are struggling with difficulties that impact on family life e.g. parental mental health, DV disability, poverty, poor housing and coping with the demands of very young children. Volunteers are carefully matched with a family and visit the family at home at least weekly for 3 - 4 hours offering support, friendship and practical help. 

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Home Start have been tenants in Oxford Place Care Centre for nearly 30 years. Unfortunately, due to significant repair costs,the Methodist Church (owners of the building) will be closing the building in July 2018. They have been offered space in a building owned by one of their home visiting volunteers, Hope House on Mabgate, which they have accepted. The space is currently in the process of being refurbished to meet their office requirements. They will also have access to an outside area that will have some parking spaces and space to have a table and chairs/potted plants etc to make this an lovely area for their visitors and volunteers to use when attending interviews and training. The charity would love a team to work alongside some of their volunteers to 're-vamp' this outside space and make it a nice area for meetings and catch ups - this will include some wall painting, cleaning and potting some plants. 

 

                                                     

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