Are you ready to lend a hand in Leeds?  

Phone lines open on Wednesday 17 May at 11amPlease call Carla Mandis on 07812 265216 to book.

Don't forget to look at the size of the challenge indicated.   

556 "Doctor Who - is going to get this cool challenge?!"

Challenge group size: M

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 Growing Zone they teach gardening, crafts, construction, photography and many more living skills.

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This year they have decided to change their tired looking Africa Display to " Doctor Who". They would love a team to help them create their new display. They intend to make Daleks, Warlords, Creatures, Aliens and other Doctor Who 'stuff' out of anything they can get hold of! They also want to turn the wormery into a police box.

The team are asked to join in the fun by wearing a Doctor Who scarf and hat - the challenge is open to the team's families to attend too!

Weather permitting they are also intending to have a BBQ, a Doctor Who Treasure hunt and a prize for the ugliest and weirdest creature! Photos >

 

557 No more soggy furniture please!

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 Growing Zone they teach gardening, crafts, construction, photography and many more living skills.

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The Growing Zone regularly use their polytunnel to work in and also for team huddles! They could really do with some help with the levelling of the seating area and the laying of paving slabs - at the moment, their sofas are sinking into the soil and this is not only rotting the furniture but also making it hard for the service users to get out of them! 

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559 There is no business like showbusiness!

Challenge group size: M

Moor Allerton Elderly Care

What's the challenge?

Moor Allerton Elderly Care support older people to be as independent as possible and to have the best quality of life they possibly can.

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The charity are looking for a team to help them host an Afternoon Tea on Tuesday 4 July. They have already arranged to have entertainment by North East Producers (a travelling touring company) https://www.northeastproducers.co.uk/untitled-c1mya  who will be performing "There's no business like showbusiness" but really need some help hosting which will include preparing the venue (with some showbiz inspired decorations!), welcoming their service users, providing refreshments and serving these before, during intervals and after the show! Photos >

 

 

560 Caring to be 'weed free' Together

Challenge group size: S

Caring Together

What's the challenge?

Caring Together is a small charity supporting older people in the Woodhouse & Little London area of inner-city Leeds.  They provide a range of advice, practical services and social/educational activities to help older people stay independent, be less isolated and live happier healthier lives

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Caring Together need some help on their small allotment. The allotment is tended to by elderly service users and they could really do with some assistance with weeding and a general tidy up to get the allotment looking smart again. Photos >

562 Show us how hard core you are!

Challenge group size: M

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

What's the challenge?

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

The 24-acre site contains a range of farm animals, ornamental and market gardens and a variety of wildlife habitats. In addition to the animal care and horticultural tasks the service users undertake, there are many tasks involving habitat management, conservation, sustainability and environmental related activities.

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The farm has an open barn used for a variety of purposes but particularly for lambing in Spring. A number of improvements have been undertaken but there remains one pen that requires a new section of concrete floor.

The challenge is to prepare the area, lay and compact hardcore, and then lay and level the new concrete. This challenge may also require the installation of some kerbstones and a narrow gravel soakaway before the concrete is laid.

It is estimated the cost will be in the region of £300. Photos >
                                 

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563 Run Rabbit Run!

Challenge group size: M

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

What's the challenge?

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

The 24-acre site contains a range of farm animals, ornamental and market gardens and a variety of wildlife habitats. In addition to the animal care and horticultural tasks the service users undertake, there are many tasks involving habitat management, conservation, sustainability and environmental related activities.

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The aim of this challenge is to replace 3/4 concrete block panels approximately 5 feet high and 4 feet wide each with gabions (wire mesh cages filled with rubble and stone).

Phase 1 - dig back soil behind wall panels to provide working room and space for the new gabion cages. Soil to be stored nearby for backfilling and reuse elsewhere on the Farm.

Phase 2 - break up and demolish block panels for reuse in gabion cages.

Phase 3 - wheelbarrow approximately 8 tonnes of stone rubble from the car park to the wall location. Approx. 100/150 metres using two possible routes both having relatively easy inclines.

Phase 4 - construction of gabion cages and filling with stone rubble and hardcore

Phase 5 - backfill soil behind new gabion wall and wheelbarrow any excess soil to a nearby location.

Note: Although some materials will be provided by another sponsor, some element of fundraising will be necessary for the provision of new tools and equipment such as wheelbarrows, sledgehammers and safety boots.This challenge would need to be picked up by more than one team. Photos >  

565 Show them you care!

Challenge group size: F

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.

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To celebrate Retreat's fifth birthday celebration this year, they are sending emergency care bags to children's wards

The idea is inspired by Ruddi’s mum’s own experience of having to rush a very sick Ruddi to hospital – they went in to hospital on a Sunday morning with nothing more than her handbag and some spare nappies – they came out three months later.

The bags contain the most essential items that an emergency stay would need. They would love a team to provide bags with goodies for the ages of 0-1, 2-3, 3-4, 4-5, 5-6, 6-8 and 8-10 years in as many themes as possible, along with a toiletries pack for their parent or carer.

The bags will really help emotionally stressed and upset families during this difficult time. Each bag costs approximately £10 but are priceless to the recipient! This challenge could be picked up by more than one team. Photos > 

566 Nobody goes hungry!

Challenge group size: S

FareShare Yorkshire

What's the challenge?

FareShare Yorkshire supports communities to combat food poverty and food waste in and around Leeds. The team redistributes food to many charities and community groups. Their community food members provide vitally needed meals, food parcels and snacks to hundreds of disadvantaged people every day. They work with a huge variety of people experiencing hardship - from people who are homeless or unemployed, people dealing with substance abuse, refugees and asylum-seekers at drop-ins, Surestart centres, and breakfast and after-school clubs for children and young adults.

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Fareshare Yorkshire would love some teams to get involved at the heart of their food re-distribution, giving you the opportunity to help them improve the daily lives of people facing food poverty. Their daily operations rely entirely on volunteers and you will be working alongside staff and other volunteers on one or more of the following activities:

  • Picking food orders. Working with staff and fellow volunteers to make up orders for each of their organisations receiving food on that day.
  • Labelling orders and helping to load the vans. You may also be asked to help deliver the items in the van.
  • Sorting food and organising the depot. Sorting fresh fruit and veg.

This challenge could be picked up by more than one team.                      

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