Job Opportunity…

We only share job opportunities that are relevant to what we do here at greenerSudbury – this one might be right up your street/green space.

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Job Description

Post: ‘Grow Your Community’ Project Co-ordinator – freelance

Rate: £90 per day (7.5 hours)

Hours: Total 7.5 hours per week. These can split into two half days – one of which should be Thursday morning.
Additional hours may be offered, including occasional evenings or weekends

Duration: 26 weeks September 2019 to March 2020

Base: Sudbury and Great Cornard parks and green spaces with hot desk/ home working for administration (to be agreed)

Office: ActivLives, Brightspace, 160 Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP2 0HH

Reporting to: ActivGardens Development Manager

Job Summary
The post holder will co-ordinate an existing community horticulture project to provide opportunities for local people to get involved in volunteering and improving their environment in Sudbury and Great Cornard’s parks and green spaces.

A key role will be to facilitate volunteering in Sudbury’s main park, where an established group meets every Thursday morning.

The post holder will also work with disadvantaged adults in building their skills towards employment through horticultural work experience both in Sudbury and further afield, for example, in Ipswich.

The project may involve work in schools with young people.

Aims and objectives
To bring local people together and foster a sense of community through volunteering and activities.
To enhance the health and well-being of local people, especially those experiencing disadvantage through ill health, disability, mental health issue, social isolation, or older people.
To build skills and help “hard to reach” move towards employment.
To build skills, confidence and local pride in young people.
To improve the environment of Sudbury and Great Cornard and surrounding areas and make it a healthier, greener place.

Main Duties of the post holder:

To provide opportunities for people to volunteer in parks and community green spaces in order to gain social and health benefits and improve their environment.
Main session is currently Thursday mornings 10am to 12.30pm in Belle Vue Park

ActivLives June Diary

Dan’s June Dates for your Diary

Wednesday 6th  – Town Centre Bedding

For those reading this on Wednesday, Sudbury in Bloom are planting up the town centre this morning and would love any help.

Thursday 7th Belle Vue Park Picnic (Taste of Sudbury Fringe Event) Volunteering Day 10-12 followed by a shared picnic to celebrate the fabulous Food Festive. (BBC Radio Suffolk Interview at 2.40 as well.)
Sunday 10th Taste of Sudbury Food Festival – Town Centre

Monday 11th Volunteer Safari:

10am -12 Sudbury Train Station Gardens and Painting
1pm Siam Gardens – Alkanet tidy up
2.30-5pm Sandringham Court – Convolvulus tidy up.

As always, of course, regular Thursdays in Belle Vue Park….. It’s looking stunning. 


This post published on behalf of Dan at ActivLives.

Thursday, Friday, Happy Days!

If you want to get out and about, get some exercise, breathe in some fresh air, and all while doing something useful, there’s lots happening this week.

On Thursday, Dan and team will be down at Belle Vue Park from 10 – 12:30 as usual. On Friday, why not help us here at greenerSudbury do some tidying up (details to follow)? Then on Sunday join Sudbury in Bloom volunteers to plant up some grass verges. See Dan’s message (below) for more information about Sudbury in Bloom, and Belle Vue Park.

“Sudbury In Bloom have arranged some weekend family bulb planting sessions, and the next is on December 3rd from 10.30 to 12.30, at the Mill Hotel. We will have bulbs to donate to schools and organisations so please let me know if your group would like to participate.”

Dan writes, Daffodils are the perfect bulb…. they do really well and over time a patch grows and naturalises. Tulips on the other hand sometimes lose their vigour and become weak.

The yellow is just the right colour for Easter and often falls well with Mother’s Day. That’s why Grow Your Community recommends them in schools as an easy to grow and pick burst of colour. What better way to get over Winter than to be expectant of a Spring full of life.

It’s not too late to plant bulbs – as long as you can dig a hole 3-5 inches (not frozen) and the bulbs are not damaged or squidgy – often shops sell them at half price now.

Remember we’re at Belle Vue Park this Thursday 10am – 12.30 and there will be the usual activities tending the flower beds. Also some repotting of Money plants if you want a new houseplant. Happy as ever to see new faces.

Dan 0755 134 3 135

Grow Your Community Sudbury

Dear Friends and Supporters of Sudbury Community Gardening,

GROW YOUR COMMUNITY/ ACTIVLIVES would love your help.  Aviva has selected us to go forward for voting to win a share of the funding for our fantastic community growing project in Sudbury, which has already clocked more than 1,000 hours of volunteering in the town’s parks and green spaces, housing estates and street plots.

To vote for us, just follow the link below – just register, choose a password, verify the email and then vote. Sometimes the website from Aviva can be busy but it’s a quick way to make a huge difference to Sudbury. You can vote for us up to 10 times! Voting closes on 19 November, so please cast your vote asap! If we secure enough votes, we will win up to £10,000 to launch the second phase of this project next year.

You may also like to vote for the ActivLives minibus. Remember, you have a total of 10 votes so you can vote for one project or spread your votes between projects. If you have any problems, please let me know –

Please feel free to share the link with all your friends and contacts to help us win.

Thanks for your help!
Dan Wheals

Dan ActivLives <>
Grow your Community in Sudbury Co-ordinator

Posted by greenerSudbury on behalf of Grow Your Community Sudbury.

Any spare plants for Belle Vue Park?

This Thursday 13th July Grow Your Community wants to make this area of Belle Vue Park lovely.

Grow Your Community needs your help to bring any plants that suit part sun, part shade. Meet at 11am in the woodlands near Ingrams Park Road (parking there too). Thank you. It will also make the park look a bit better for Party in the Park!

Posted on behalf of Grow Your Community Sudbury.

Grow Your Community – Siam Gardens

On Monday 19th June, 2pm – 3.30 pm, the Grow Your Community team will be at Siam Gardens to tend the flowers there.
Please pop by and give a hand. Dan will have tools and gloves but do bring your own if you have them.
Grow Your Community are tending this once a month and it all helps keep Sudbury looking good.

As ever all are welcome to join the group of gardening volunteers at Siam Gardens once a month and at the two weekly regular gardening sessions as well:

Monday mornings 10 – 12.30 at the Bridge Project – Join in the Gardening
Thursday Mornings 10 – 12.30 at Belle Vue Park – Making it lovely in the Park.

Feel free to call Dan up to chat. It may be what you’re looking to do or you know someone who might benefit. So far they have a diverse friendly group and you would be most welcome.

Dan Wheals 0755 134 3 135