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Situated on Bidston Hill on the Wirral, the Tam O’Shanter historic cottage and free urban farm is run by a charitable trust with the aim of providing an enjoyable and educational experience for kids and adults alike.
Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm is open every day except Christmas day from 9.30am to 4.30pm and entry is free, though donations are very welcome!
The Farm is home to a variety of farm animals, including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and geese. It’s a great opportunity for children of all ages to meet and learn about farm animals up close.
Why not pop along for a visit?
Movement to music for older and less able people.
If you are looking for an exercise class, but the usual active class is not suitable, then why not try an EXTEND Exercise class?
EXTEND Exercise has many teachers who hold classes throughout the UK, in a number of settings. The classes are growing in popularity throughout the UK, particularly as people are now living longer and want to maintain a good level of personal fitness well into their later years. EXTEND Exercise is an excellent choice of affordable exercise for people with a disability and the older person to challenge their fitness levels, from the very active to the not so active.
Whether you are recently retired or determined to improve your fitness level, EXTEND Exercise can help you to acheive this. EXTEND Exercise classes will always contain 20 minutes of seated exercise, but do not be discouraged as seated exercises can be very active. You will be very surprised at just how much active exercise can be performed whilst sitting in a chair.
Our qualified EXTEND Exercise teachers are trained in a unique way to make exercise fun but at the same time safe. Therefore, reducing the symptoms of age related conditions and improving mobility for those who have disabilities.
Please click on the Classes by Region tab in the website for a list of classes in your area.
EXTEND Exercise offers Training for Teachers who would like to be able to design Exercise to Music physical activity programmes or to offer Chair Based Exercise classes for older adults and disabled people .
They are always looking for more teachers to join their organisation and support the delivery of exercise sessions for the older person and those with a disability of any age. For further information about training courses and how to become an EXTEND Exercise teacher please visit the website.
The Ramblers is a charity whose goal is to protect the ability of people to enjoy the sense of freedom and benefits that come from being outdoors on foot.
They are an association of people and groups who come together to both enjoy walking and other outdoor pursuits and also to ensure that they protect and expand the infrastructure and places people go walking.
On the national website you can use their search tool to look for groups, walks or events near you. You can look for easy, short walks close to you to get you started. What a great way to try out walking in a group and making new friends - go on and get involved!
They're growing fruit, veg, herbs and flowers in community spaces around Barnet. Come grow with them! Their aim is to increase the amount of food grown in public places around Barnet and have started two plots but hope to find other spaces soon.
Picture herbs growing on your train platform so you can grab a handful on your way home from work or medicinal plants growing in front of the health centre. Whether you're an experienced gardener or first time grower, if you want to get involved please get in touch - details on their facebook page.
Your Ideas are a Non Profit making organisation who work with young people and other members of the community and whose purpose is to allow all members of the community to identify projects or initiatives that will improve the quality of life for the community as a whole.
They deliver a very varied programme to ensure each individual is given enough time and support. Their activities and projects are very hands on and practical, often art based or working out in the community with local residents.
They create an environment with the young people who they work with that is appropriate to them, so that they feel comfortable and a valued part of the project. A lot of their work is done with vulnerable and or hard to reach groups or individuals who are experiencing difficulty in their lives.
Their website contains details of groups and activities together with links to further support, advice and information sources for parents.
Cheshire Wildlife Trust is part of the influential UK-wide partnership of 47 Wildlife Trusts. The Trust has worked for more than 50 years to protect wildlife and wild places, and educate, influence and empower people. They manage 44 of the best sites and help others to manage theirs. Their work is helping to secure the future of many important habitats and species, which might otherwise be lost.
In only the last few years, the Trust has:
- Embarked on an ambitious Living Landscape scheme across more than 8,000 ha of land in the Gowy & Mersey Washlands.
- Worked tirelessly to secure a future for water voles, dormice and protect the last remaining home of the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly in Cheshire.
- Become a leader in conservation grazing land management techniques throughout the north west with herds of Longhorn and Dexter cattle and Hebridean sheep.
- Continued to restored and maintain some of the last remaining meres, mosses and lowland raised bogs in the region.
- Raised awareness of gardening with nature in mind through Wildlife Friendly Gardening Scheme.
- Enabled hundreds of volunteers to take positive action for their local environment.
- Advised landowners on how to manage their land for wildlife.
- Campaigned successfully for wildlife-friendly development that has a net benefit to biodiversity.
- Inspired children with natural play and wildlife watching.
They see the future of wildlife conservation as a Living Landscape - by identifying key areas to protect for wildlife, improving and joining them up across the county in partnership with other land-owners they can create an inspiring, accessible landscape which is full of wildlife and rich in opportunities for learning and sustainable economic development.
The Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit making charity based in East Sussex rehoming or providing permanent refuge for abused, abandoned and unwanted animals. They operate a no destruction policy.
Animals which can't be re-homed for any reason are given a permanent home at the Sanctuary. All the animals receive medical treatment when necessary and all are spayed or neutered.
OCD Action is a national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
They provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD.
Formed by a group of volunteers and leading professionals in 1994, the charity is recognised as a strong voice for people with OCD, a vital source of help and the charity that makes a real and lasting difference to anyone affected by OCD.
They know how isolating OCD can be, it can make you feel trapped and cut off from the rest of the world. On their website you can find out about the support that is available to anyone affected by OCD.
Finding the right support and building up a support network can make a massive difference; it can give you the tools and the strength to fight back and make you feel that you are not facing OCD on your own. The website provides links and details of local and online support groups.
FurniHelp is a charity, founded in 1998 who help people in need in Mid Sussex to furnish their homes.
Their main aim is to build up a stock of secondhand furniture, household goods and equipment from donated items and to make these available to local people in need.
The furniture is supplied free of charge, although they always happy to accept a donation to help towards our running costs.
Volunteer Drivers, Loaders, Fundraisers and Warehouse Helpers are needed. They need your help to organise and undertake collections and deliveries of donated furniture and household goods.
If you can spare a couple of hours a week to help in the office or a morning a week to drive and/or load the van or would just like to know more about us then please get in touch - details on the websiye.
Horticap are based at Bluecoat Wood Nurseries, Otley Road in Harrogate where suitably qualified staff and a team of volunteers provide adults with learning and other disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills.
In addition their garden, wildlife area and shop are open to the public every day from 10am until 4pm (the tearoom is open until 3.30pm).
They aim to provide students who have learning and other disabilities with a supportive and friendly working environment so that they may develop their social and communication abilities and also to help students extend their knowledge and skills, through structured training using professionally qualified staff and volunteers.
Their vision is to build, maintain and grow a beautiful garden for members of the public of all ages to enjoy which includes a wildlife and bird spotting area, as well as beautiful flowers, plants, trees and shrubs. They also have various seating areas to enjoy a picnic and a shop where an abundance of plants, gifts and garden items can be purchased.
Alan Titchmarsh MBE is proud to be patron and support this enterprising group.
Cracking Good Food launched in March 2010, at Chorlton’s Big Green Festival, with the aim of getting more people in the North West to cook and eat homemade food, by teaching both the paying public and community groups.
They believe cooking is a vital life skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, so in order to be accessible to as many people as possible, their paid-for courses are some of the cheapest in the region as they only charge for genuine costs. They were fortunate enough to be supported for their first two years by the Local Food Fund, part of The Big Lottery, and are currently seeking new revenue streams to fund our community outreach programme.
They were shortlisted as a Food & Drink Pioneer in 2012’s Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards and Commended in the Greater Manchester Probation Trust Staff Recognition Awards 2012 for their work with ex-offenders.
In 2013 they were listed as the best place in Manchester to learn to cook, by Visit Manchester.
Latest courses include cookery schools, tackling food waste and forage and cook sessions!
The Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens are an active and vibrant voluntary group of local residents interested in restoring and promoting the local sea front gardens and Potter's Barn Park.
The gardens sit in a conservation area in the seaside town of Waterloo, North Liverpool, a 15 minute train journey from the city centre. There are four distinctive public gardens to enjoy along the seafront:
Marine Garden, Crescent Garden, Adelaide Garden and Beach Lawn.
The gardens are located just a short walk from Crosby marine lake, beach and sand dunes. The world famous Antony Gormley 'Another Place' statues stand on the beach.
Waterloo itself hosts a number of excellent restaurants, which include the picturesque Lakeside Adventure Centre.
The area is easily accessible by road, rail and bus.
Volunteers are very welcome and can get involved in litter picking and gardening sessions.
The Bat Conservation Trust supports over 100 local bat groups and 6000 members and works with volunteers, scientists, industry and government both locally and nationally on a range of projects.
To achieve their vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together, work focuses on discovering more about bats and how they use the landscape, taking action to protect bats and enhance the landscapes on which they rely and inspiring people about bats and their environment, engaging them in their conservation.
They run the national bat helpline and monitoring programme with volunteers welcomed for these activities. Please see website for further details on this vital work to protect bats.
Two Pennies Money Advice is an independent local money advice agency working in the county of Worcestershire from premises in Worcester.
They help people who are having problems with money and debt.
Their core service is:
- Free – You won’t get another bill by coming to see them
- Independent – they give advice and support that they believe is in clients’ best interests
- Confidential – they will not share information about clients without their agreement
- Professional – advisers are trained, qualified and experienced.
- Personal – the service is face-to-face. They sit down and listen to people across a table
- Supportive – they support people until the problem is solved or they are able to take it forward themselves
- Empowering – they want people to learn, so that they don’t get into difficulties again, which is why they also run money management courses
- Christian – their core-funding comes from local churches. They are motivated by the Christian values of love, mercy and justice for all people, of any faith or none
- Open to all – regardless of religion or philosophy, age, appearance, race, nationality, sexual orientation, status or disability. That means everyone
They also run money management courses, see the website for details.