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    Two weeks down …

    We had been so looking forward to opening up the Centre and being there for our community when we watched Boris tell us we would all be going into lockdown again! We were disappointed for a short time and then we re-grouped and planed what we had to do for Read more [...]


    Goodbye 2020 and Hello 2021

    Well this is our first blog so here goes! This time time last year, we were popping into the diary all of our activities for the coming year. Who would have thought that none of them would have taken place. Just like the rest of the country, the Community Centre Read more [...]


    A year in the Garden

    As is the same for many Community projects, this year hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Our group of local residents spent summer 2019 clearing a overgrown and disused garden in our local neighbourhood. This year we had planned to transform the garden into a community space where local residents could Read more [...]


    Long awaited update!

    Hi! It seems like forever since I last wrote a blog for here, this hasn’t been intentional I can promise, we have all been flat out supporting our growing community as best we can throughout the pandemic. We had some amazing news in that we received funding from the Government’s Read more [...]


    River Stour

    This blog will take you on a journey through the enrichment and development of your River Stour as it runs through the old Forge Lodge site within the industrial heart of the Black Country. It will inform you of times when you can join us on site, opportunities to learn Read more [...]

  • A massive thank you to our interns!

    We were very fortunate this year as we were able to take on two new interns, Megan and Jamie, who were given a whistle-stop and socially distanced tour of how a fisheries trust works. To start, our interns attended and successfully passed their safe use of pesticides and hand held Read more [...]

  • Acorn to Oak

    To celebrate National Tree Week we would like to share our Acorn to Oak project we have been doing with the local community to do something positive for their local tree scape. Our “Acorn to Oak” project involves planting acorns in pots and growing them until they are large enough Read more [...]

  • #MoreThanAYouthClub

    This year we were so grateful to receive core funding from the Greggs Foundation to help us continue our work during Covid 19. It has been an incredibly difficult year for so many organisations and individuals, so that belief from our work from Greggs and the opportunities it offers us Read more [...]

  • News from the Community Gardens December 2020

    News from the Community Gardens December 2020 Clematis still flowering away in the Bishop’s Palace Vegetable Plot Update      We hope you are all keeping well. With the most recent lockdown being lifted it has been great to open up the gardening sessions again, albeit with reduced numbers. Our volunteers have Read more [...]

  • Ben’s Story

    Grimethorpe Activity Zone (GAZ) Supporting Children and Young People   Ben’s Story Hi, my name is Ben, I am 14.  Last week at school, we learnt about Anne Frank and how she kept a diary about her life.  Her diary told of her daily struggles and fears, whilst hiding from Read more [...]

  • Motivation and Inspiration

    Since the start of lockdown we have had the privledge to interview Olympians,Paralympians and inspirational people from around the world and the UK. As a community group we would have never thought of being able to do this or have the opportunity, however due to the present challenging times and Read more [...]

  • Atlantic salmon mural

    We are pleased to announce that our International Year of the Salmon mural was completed earlier this year. However before you visit, let us provide a little background to the mural. Last year, we secured funding from the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) as part of the ‘International Year Read more [...]

  • Fish grow on trees…

    This week we received our tree saplings for two of our tree planting projects. The first project is supported by the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. This grant will help us to plant trees within the riparian zone of the Carrochan and Ballagan burn that runs through Balloch, Read more [...]

  • Exciting planting plans take root in Salford

    We’ve just had the news that we’ve been hoping for. Emmaus Salford has been awarded a Sir Robert McAlpine Strong Foundations Grant to help with the development of our community garden. This grant will now open the door to local food growing, horticulture training and personal development, and improved wellbeing Read more [...]

  • Project Update: October 2020

    This month we have donated 4 more pillows! At HOPE we support children of all ages with epilepsy – whether they are a baby or an almost adult, no matter if they have had epilepsy for years or have just been diagnosed. Donating pillows is just one of the key Read more [...]

  • Manchester Histories DigiFest 2020

    Manchester Histories applied to the Sir Robert McAlpine Foundations Grant, supported by Semble in February 2020 and we were really excited to hear that our application was successful. It meant so much to us in the mist of a changing world. The grant supported three young disabled artists from Manchester Read more [...]

  • News from the Community Gardens October 2020

    News from the Community Gardens October 2020 Update      We hope that you are all still keeping well. Autumn is most definitely here and with the shorter days it sometimes feels as though we are on borrowed time before winter draws in but there is still lots looking great in the Read more [...]

  • Project Update: August/September 2020

    In August and September we have so far donated 7 more anti-suffocation pillows to families across London. We are so glad we have the opportunity and are able to help these families (thanks to the funding from Greggs). Here is one story from a parent of how the Anti-Suffocation Pillow Read more [...]

  • News from the Community Gardens September 2020

    News from the Community Gardens September 2020                                                     Grape vine doing well at the Bishop’s Palace Vegetable Plot. Update      We hope that you are all still keeping well. With the recent covid restrictions being tightened we’ve had to keep session numbers Read more [...]

  • Wild Trails Haircut

    The trend of getting a “lockdown haircut” was not just for our team members but also our wild trails path on the east bank of the River Leven. Exercise was important during the lockdown, with government guidelines allowing an hour of outdoor exercise which was later extended to unlimited outdoor Read more [...]

  • Autumn Update

    CSCG has been busy behind a closed gate for a while. We’re happy to say, we are now open again on Fridays (subject to socially-distanced numbers, of course) from 10.30am until 3pm. Our honey bees have stayed busy throughout and have been kind enough to produce some spare honey for Read more [...]

  • How do we make time pay in Eastbourne?

    What time we have is precious. So when we use some of that precious time to help others – our friends, relatives, neighbours, or vulnerable others in our community – then that time is of immeasurable value. Especially now, during this global pandemic and economic recession. Especially here, in Eastbourne, Read more [...]

  • Summer of Food and Fun for Autistic Children

    We can all agree that the covid-19 pandemic has had significant impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Even though children are less likely than adults to get infected with the corona virus, the impacts of measures put in place to prevent spread of the virus on their wellbeing can Read more [...]

  • News from the Community Gardens August 2020

    News from the Community Gardens August 2020                                The Bishop’s Palace Vegetable Plot looking beautiful in the early morning light. Update      We hope that you are all still keeping well. Finally, with the lockdown restrictions being relaxed we have just started up some of our sessions again, Read more [...]

  • Continuation of the secret garden from home

    Due to the virus, the DOSTI Ladies have not been able to attend their normal sessions at the centre where they regularly enjoyed exploring the secret garden. However, this has not stopped them from using their gardening techniques elsewhere. They have continued to stay active as they have been involved Read more [...]

  • Project Update: June/July 2020

    Throughout June and July, we have continued to be busy behind the scenes donating many more pillows and helping our families as best we can during these difficult times. Here’s what some of the parents who have recieved pillows had to say: “I just want to say a BIG thank Read more [...]

  • Just doing our bit


  • Lessons Learnt in Lockdown

    As we reflect on the first quarter of the financial year, we wanted to share a short update on how Smart Works has adapted our interview coaching and clothing service during the pandemic. This has been an important milestone and we remain so grateful to our funders, include the Regent’s Read more [...]

  • More than 100 days

    On Saturday- 4th of July 2020, Thames21 joined dedicated local volunteers to pull some Himalayan balsam from the banks of the river Brent. We experienced the freedom, the sensation to be back in the river, to be doing something to help the river once again, to meet up in person Read more [...]

  • The Burnt Oak Brook at Watling Park

    Last Tuesday the 7th of July 2020, Thames21 joined *BRaVE local volunteers clean up the Burnt Oak Brook that a tributary of the Silk Stream, that is a tributary of the river Brent, that is a tributary of the river Thames. This lovely brook in North London is much littered Read more [...]

  • Update from the Community Gardens July 2020

    Update from the Community Gardens July 2020                                                           The Bishop’s Palace Vegetable Plot full of produce. Update      We hope you are all still keeping well. Finally, with the lockdown being relaxed we are beginning to look at reopening some sessions again, albeit in a Read more [...]

  • If you go down to the Brook today…

    You’ll be in for a furry surprise, especially at Hilcote setback outfall on Normanton Brook in South Bolsover District, Derbyshire.  A local wildlife photographer Ian Wilson has told us that he has spotted 5, yes 5 Water Voles around the outfall. Hilcote setback outfall is a project we successfully delivered Read more [...]

  • Coffee and catch up in a Virtual World

    We have 10 active Businesses in our River-Friendly Business scheme, and keeping in-touch during Covid-19 hasn’t always been easy. Some businesses have been in shutdown since March and some have ramped up production of Covid-19 essential products, but all have faced a shift of focus to their Core Business. We Read more [...]

  • Moving Jobs Club Online During COVID-19

    The coronavirus and the lockdown measures that followed put many well-needed charity sector services into a difficult position in terms of their provision. At C4WS we transformed the employability support run through Jobs Club to be able to function online and remotely. Jobs Club is designed to help the people Read more [...]

  • Winter Night Shelter Jobs Club Review

    Jobs Club – a community teamwork initiative to help guests return to work  This season of the winter night shelter marks the sixth year of Jobs Club, the service that supports homeless people to reach their employability aims through one-to-one mentoring. Initially designed to help people who need to gain employment Read more [...]

  • Project Update: May 2020

    In what has been a very difficult time for many people, we would like to try and bring some HOPE with this update! This month we have donated 7 more anti-suffocation pillows and have been able to continue our support (albeit virtually) to our families. Sending all our best wishes Read more [...]

  • Miles of fun, and then….relax

    Hi! Once again communicating from my bedroom where there is (relative) peace and quiet. Well, what a couple of weeks it has been! We got our activity bags packed and delivered but ended up having to do over 90 due to the increase in our numbers throughout lockdown. The bags Read more [...]

  • Six weeks in…..

    Six weeks in: Well we do find ourselves in a rather foolish position as it seems that this ‘COVID19’ is not all that it is cracked up to be; ie NOT contagious and not spreading like wildfire as expected. OK, to date, we have lost some 27,000 souls but at Read more [...]

  • Caring for the carers, keeping in touch

    Hi everyone! As we work through yet another week of lockdown and social distancing, we’ve been really busy behind the scenes at Tanga! Firstly we did ANOTHER video with some of our members and volunteers, this time in appreciation of our NHS and Key Workers. This can be viewed on Read more [...]

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