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Family Friendly volunteering in the Gardens

Unplug and Play! Our summer long programme  for families to get outside, together in a safe and creative place. Suddenly the Back Garden grew… to 10acres!

 Want to try out your work skills? Why not volunteer with us.

*summer programme starts 25th July … apply now for our volunteer roles over summer*

We can help you grow and practice your creative, early years, youth work, woodland and gardening skills.

Storytime, crafts, learning to knit, mud kitchens and doodling we’ve got them all this summer.

You can have a great time helping young people grow – just few hours will make a difference.

We want young children and their grown-ups to find our Gardens a place to get outside, enjoy making and creating, run around and sometimes just be peaceful.

Can you help us support them?

Families can use the Gardens 7 days a week but on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during school holidays, from 12-3pm, we run extra sessions.

Ways you can help:

  • Perhaps help us run story time in the Maze?
  • Help us with simple craft activities – frogs from cardboard tubes, recycling milk cartons into wind catchers?
  • Be part of the giant recycled knit-knot tent made from strips of material and French knitting ‘ropes’.
  • Garden alongside our junior gardeners?

You don’t have to be an expert, we can show you how to do things.

As well as the sessions we need people to prepare and tidy up – put away the books and cushions, set out the croquet on the lawn, collect the doodles and pin them to the artline.. gather recycled materials ….

Let us know if you have some time- or know of others who’d like to help out. You don’t need to commit to the whole summer, just a few hours of your time can make a big difference.

Want to know more?

You can: Phone. 0121 749 4100, Email :admin@cbhgt.org.uk

Fill out a form here

Come along to one of our regular Volunteer Open sessions  (see event calendar – Fridays), 10am- 12,  3Download a copy of this information (pdf) here : Family Activities volunteering

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Social Media Surgery

Here at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens we like sharing what we’re up to on our website, facebook page and other social media. We think it’s a great way to connect with our community – and it could be for you too.

That’s why we are hosting the Castle Bromwich Social Media Surgery.

Our staff, volunteers and local partners are offering free social media help to other local voluntary organisations, community groups, charities, clubs and societies in a relaxed, informal setting.

See here for more: http://socialmediasurgery.com/surgeries/castle-bromwich

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Pumpkin cook-up

It’s been an exceptionally good year for our pumpkin and squash crop. 

Some went to enliven Halloween, some have been sold to our visitors.

Traditionally – with the help of volunteers – we then turn them into delicious soup to sell to our customers in the colder months.

This year we’re going a little further. Our volunteers have had a group chopping and cooking session. The surplus soup and spare squashes will now be shared with some other charities.

We love growing these triffid-like plants in our South Kitchen Garden and chuffed that all the effort will not go to waste but will go to provide some warmth and sustenance to others who need a little extra.

 

 

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Growing the conversation

Social Media Surgeries: As part of our Heritage Lottery Funded programme to become a more self sustaining charity, we are getting to know our neighbours a bit better.

The Gardens are, people often say, a ‘hidden gem’  and a ‘secret treasure’. That is one of our strengths; a green , quiet and peaceful lacuna within an intensely industrialised landscape. Being a bit hidden away and surrounded by gates and walls can nevertheless be a bit forbidding to many. We’ve been working hard to let people know we are here and that,  in fact, we quite like having guests sharing the place.

As well as running more activities and events, for adults and children, we are also inviting our community neighbours, local charities, groups and venues to get into conversation with us. After all, it is people that have always made this great Garden charity work.

We have been working with a group called Podnosh to run Social Media Surgeries. No, its nothing to do with a doctors surgery, they’re hassle free and relaxed sessions where ‘active citizens’ can talk to each other and learn from each other about getting their messages out there and growing their networks…using digital and internet-y things.

Our next surgery is Monday 7th November, from 5- 6.30pm, and we have more starting monthly in February. Our slogan is #wegrowtogether , if you are a local group, charity or are involved in a campaign or social cause, come along, learn, share start the conversation – we’d love to hear.

Podnosh were recently interviewed by a group called Ethos – here is Nick Booth explaining eloquently, why social media surgeries work.

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Social Media… surgeries

Help us, help you

Social media, web-based networking and marketing is a key to charities and communities doing things better. As part of our Heritage Lottery Funded programme, we want to get to know our neighbours more and share the good things together.

These Social Media Surgeries are free and aimed at equipping each other with the confidence and ability to get our messages across.  Come to any or all. Just let us know you are coming- you can drop in.

Take a note of the dates and visit here to let us know you’re coming

Monday 12th Sept, 5 -6.30pm, Tuesday 11th Oct, 12.30 – 2pm ,Monday 7th Nov, 5 – 6.30pm

No boring speeches, no jargon.

Volunteers and local partners are offering social media help to voluntary organisations, community groups, charities, clubs and societies in a relaxed, informal setting.

This surgery can also offer help with using data or government open data to gather evidence or make a case. Besides that we can offer advice and practical help to blog, use video or social networks like Twitter and Facebook to give a real boost to campaigning organisations, often for no or little cost.

So these experts are offering you approachable one-to-one help and support because they Podnosh_Logo_largebelieve it can help. You might just want to see what is possible and go away and think about it. You might be itching to set up a blog and start using it. Perhaps you think video might help you tell your story but don’t know where to start? All is possible.

There’ll be no lectures, just people with knowledge, ideas and a passion to help you make best use of the internet for your group or organisation.

You’re welcome along to receive help, or volunteer to give it but if you’re coming along to offer some help don’t forget your laptop!

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Welcome to our new site

The all new castlebromwichhallgardens.org.uk website!

We’re still under construction, but hope you like the new look. New technologies means we can make our website  much more visual and easily viewable on PCs as well as phones and tablets. We are of course the same Gardens with the same wonderful plants, vistas and activities.

Our previous website, which you can still find for a while here: www.cbhgt.org.uk has served us extremely well for many years and we are grateful for all the hard work by volunteers that went into it.  We still rely on volunteers of course… hint hint ..if anyone wants to help writing posts, uploading events and taking pictures etc…

All our events are currently being added to the What’s On calendar, information about what we do,  our history, how you can help and how to find us should all be coming soon. Potential volunteers, email newsletter signups and memberships will be able to be done online.

Podnosh_Logo_largeWe have been enormously helped in setting up this new site by Steph and Nick from Podnosh – our favourite social media people – who have lived up to their strapline “Helping yoenglish_compact_cmyku use social and digital media to create civic good.

And without the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund we would not have been able to embark on our current programme of change and expansion.

Thanks to all and hope you enjoy the site – please get in touch if you have any queries, comments or suggestions. Scroll down to see how you can make a comment.

 

PS Every time you share a post, you are helping more people get to know about us. That will positively help the Gardens to survive and thrive… Thank you

 

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Find & tag us on Instagram

We love it when you visit, we love it even more when we get to see your photos after the fact so we’ve join Instagram so that we can share with you and see what you have to share with us.

 

You can find us at instagram.com/castlebromichhallgardens

Or share your photos with us by tagging #CastleBromwichHallGardens

Having fun at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens 😆 #castlebromwichhallgardens #jumping #funinthesun

A photo posted by Hannah Nolan (@hannahnolan84) on

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