Wednesday, 16 May 2018 09:54

EXTEND Exercise

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.

For teachers:

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.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:53


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!

Friday, 11 May 2018 11:30

Incredible Edible Barnet

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.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 13:47

Your Ideas

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.


Wednesday, 09 May 2018 12:58

Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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.



Friday, 04 May 2018 11:08

Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary

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.

Barby Keel founded the Animal Sanctuary in 1971.  The Sanctuary provides a refuge for lost or rejected animals and fowl of all kinds and try to find permanent and loving homes for the animals, when possible.  

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. 
Volunteers are always welcome, whether you would like to volunteer at the sanctuary or help out with fund raising or at the shop.  Please see the website for further details.



Thursday, 03 May 2018 12:55

OCD Action

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.




Wednesday, 02 May 2018 11:55

FurniHelp Mid Sussex

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.


Tuesday, 01 May 2018 11:21

Get in the Garden

This week (30 April - 6 May) is National Gardening Week. What better time than now on May Day to get outside and enjoy a garden?

On the National Gardening Week website there are some fantastic ideas for getting community organisations and charities involved this National Gardening Week, including:

  • Get your group together and transform or clean-up an unused or neglected space in your area (with permission)
  • If you have a garden or space, hold a garden party to celebrate the work you do. Invite your friends, neighbours and the community and show them how they can get involved 
Friday, 27 April 2018 13:21


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.

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