Time is running out ……………….

Time is running out to pledge your support for Erlas Victorian Walled Garden via the Aviva Community Fund.

There are only 4 days left until the crowdfund appeal ends on 16th June 2021 and we still need your support.

Every penny that is raised comes to EVWG and we have some great projects lined up to utilise the money raised.

Click here to link to our Aviva Community Page 

What are we raising money for?  The enforced closure of the garden to the public over the last 14 months has had a significant impact on our ability to raise funds through Summer and Winter fayres, plant and vegetable sales, garden open days, hosting events and visits from clubs. We have lost over £8,000 of income from these events. Through this initiative we are raising funds to improve the paths and make them safer for those with mobility difficulties, replace the failing raised beds which are so important to our beneficiaries and to replace the bridge decking and rails over the pond which are in need of attention.

How do I donate?  Please follow the link below to our entry on the Aviva Community Fund webpage and follow the instructions to donate.

Click here to link to our Aviva Community Page 

Thank you for your support.

Open day – Sunday 13th

Don’t forget that we are open this Sunday, 13th June from 13:00 – 16:00 when you will have the opportunity to wander around the garden and to purchase plants and veg from our plant shop. Everybody welcome, including well behaved dogs on leads.

Vacancy – Charity Lead Officer

Vacancy:   Erlas Victorian Walled Garden – Charity Lead Officer

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead the small team of dedicated, professional staff at Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, Bryn Estyn Road, Wrexham (EVWG) providing a valuable service for adults with learning disabilities.

During the current pandemic we had to close the garden to our service users, however we have maintained the gardens and provided support to our beneficiaries through our Keeping in Touch programme of activities. As we reopen the garden to our beneficiaries, we have had to engage additional care staff and install temporary accommodation in order to open in a Covid safe way.

As a charity we need to reassess all aspects of our service offering which includes building a business development plan, increasing the number of beneficiaries we can support, developing new sponsorship and partnerships, developing a marketing strategy, securing the charity’s long term future.

As the Charity Lead Officer you will be instrumental in working with the trustees to develop the plans, leading the implementation of the plans, negotiating with external agencies and managing day to day operations.

The person we are looking for will be experienced in the following competencies, preferably gained while leading a charity working with adults with learning disabilities:

  • Identifying potential sources of funding and managing fundraising activities
  • Business management and administration including board level reporting
  • Line, Team and Performance management
  • Project and Change management
  • Financial management
  • Negotiating and Contract management
  • Communication – Verbal and written, face to face and via technology
  • Respect and Tolerance
  • Use of Technology – including Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Office, iPads
  • Welsh language (Desirable)

Please see our vacancies page for further information and detail on how to apply for this senior role.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter to hr@erlas.org. Please include 2 references, one of whom should be your current or last employer. The covering letter should include examples of how you meet the competencies for the role and demonstrate values consistent with those of EVWG.

Closing date for applications is 11th July 2021 and interviews are expected to be held week commencing 19th July 2021.

Open Day and Crowdfunding Donations

Thank you to everybody who attended the Open Day last Sunday, it was great to see so many old and new friends in the garden enjoying the surroundings and purchasing plants from our shop. Your generosity enabled us to raise over £1000.

The opening attracted over 300 visitors and proved that we are able to run open days in Covid safe way. The link below is to an article in the Wrexham Leader celebrating the successful opening

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19313112.wrexham-charity-fundraising-bid-improve-facility/

Such was the success of the day we are opening the garden again on Sunday 13th June 2021 from 1pm – 4pm and we hope that you will be able to attend.

We are continuing to raise funds through the Aviva Community Fund and we would be delighted if you would pledge a donation to us through the link below.

https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/rebuild-reopen-return-reconnect-recover-rejoice

All donations come directly to the garden, along with any associated gift aid, and will be used to make the bridge over the pond safer, improve the pathways making them safer for those with mobility problems and replacing the failing raised beds.

Vacancy – Support Worker

Vacancy:   Erlas Victorian Walled Garden – Support Worker

An opportunity has arisen to join the small team of dedicated, professional staff at Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, Bryn Estyn Road, Wrexham (EVWG) providing a valuable service for adults with learning disabilities.

During the current pandemic we have had to close the garden to our service users. As we re-open the garden and re-establish services to our beneficiaries we are ensuring that everybody is safe by meeting in smaller groups. To help this we have secured temporary accommodation on site and are now recruiting additional staff to facilitate the workload associated with having smaller group sizes working in different areas of the garden.

The person we are looking for will be experienced in the following competencies, preferably gained while working with adults with learning disabilities in a community setting:

  • Respect and Tolerance
  • Team Working – Peers, Managers and Trustees
  • Comfortable dealing with – guardians, carers, care service providers
  • Creative Thinking – developing and delivering new activities
  • Communication – Verbal and written, face to face and via technology
  • Use of Technology – including Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Office, iPads
  • Adapting to change
  • Working outside

This is a 12 month contract of 37 hours per week, with a 2 month probation period and a salary of £17,489 pa.

An enhanced DBS check will be required for the successful candidate.

Further information is contained in the job description for this role.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter to hr@erlas.org. Please include 2 references, one of whom should be your current or last employer. The covering letter should include examples of how you meet the competencies for the role and demonstrate values consistent with those of EVWG.

Closing date for applications is 28th May 2021 and interviews are expected to be held week commencing 31st May 2021.

You can find out more about EVWG at:

Website:  www.erlas.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erlasvwg

Twitter: @ErlasGarden

Instagram: @erlasvwg

Aviva Community Fund Partnership

We are delighted to announce that today we have launched a fundraising partnership with the Aviva Community Fund and Crowdfunder to raise money for Erlas Victorian Walled Garden and in order to make the most of this opportunity we are asking you to donate to Erlas through the Aviva Community Fund Webpage. This initiative is available until 16th June 2021 and your early response would be most welcome.

Click here to link to our Aviva Community Page 

How does it Work?  Aviva pledge £1m per year to their community fund. The money is distributed through their staff who are each given £25 to donate to a charity which has been selected to take part. At the same time our own supporters can donate through the same pages.

Why should you donate this way?  Put simply, a well supported project is more likely to attract Aviva employees to pledge their money to the project, to recommend to their family and friends to do likewise and hence we are more likely to reach our target.

What are we raising money for?  The enforced closure of the garden to the public over the last 14 months has had a significant impact on our ability to raise funds through Summer and Winter fayres, plant and vegetable sales, garden open days, hosting events and visits from clubs. We have lost over £8,000 of income from these events. Through this initiative we are raising funds to improve the paths and make them safer for those with mobility difficulties, replace the failing raised beds which are so important to our beneficiaries and to replace the bridge decking and rails over the pond which are in need of attention.

How do I donate?  Please follow the link below to our entry on the Aviva Community Fund webpage and follow the instructions to donate.

Click here to link to our Aviva Community Page 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the garden as Covid safety and restrictions allow.

 

 

 

Garden Update – March 2021

As we approach the one year anniversary of the garden being closed to all except staff and a small number of volunteers, and with lockdown starting to be eased and the vaccination programme in Wales in full flight, we are re-introducing regular updates from the garden as we move towards some form of re-opening, hopefully in the near future.

Talking of “flight”, John Hughes one of regular volunteers, has been producing a monthly wildlife sketch of activity in the garden.

This month’s drawing features a buzzard. Whilst buzzards are common to most of Wales, it is unusual to see quite as much of them as we have done in the garden in the last few weeks, where they have been spotted soaring overhead as well as calmly sitting on the fencing around the pond area.

John’s drawings for January and February featured a robin and earthworm respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John pictured in the beautiful sunshine last year.

Great drawings John, we look forward to seeing what has caught your eye in April.

Vacancy – Keeping In Touch Support Worker

Vacancy:   Erlas Victorian Walled Garden – Keeping In Touch Support Worker

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the small team of dedicated, professional staff at Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, Bryn Estyn Road, Wrexham (EVWG) providing a valuable service for adults with learning disabilities.

During the current pandemic we have had to close the garden to our service users. However, we have used the time to develop our online services for groups and individuals. These services include providing activities for our service users such as word searches and other puzzles, colouring activities, sewing, and growing seeds. All the material for these activities is then sent out to our service users. We also produce a newsletter and hold interactive sessions such as bingo and singing. All these activities have proved very popular with our service users.

As part of our post-Covid plans to reopen the garden, we intend to continue and further develop this additional support so that we can offer a broad mix of face-to-face activities in the garden and social and learning opportunities to be offered online.

As the Keeping In Touch Support Worker you will be involved in of all these activities and be instrumental in developing and delivering the future programme.  You will make a huge difference to the lives of our service users.

The person we are looking for will be experienced in the following competencies, preferably gained while working with adults with learning disabilities:

  • Respect and Tolerance
  • Team Working – Peers, Managers and Trustees
  • Creative Thinking – developing and delivering new face to face and online activities
  • Communication – Verbal and written, face to face and via technology including Social Media
  • Use of Technology – including Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Office, iPads
  • Adapting to change

This is a 12 month contract of 37 hours per week, with a 2 month probation period and a salary of £17,489 pa.

An enhanced DBS check will be required for the successful candidate.

Further information is contained in the job description for this role.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter to hr@erlas.org. Please include 2 references, one of whom should be your current or last employer. The covering letter should include examples of how you meet the competencies for the role and demonstrate values consistent with those of EVWG.

Closing date for applications is 21st March 2021 and interviews are expected to be held week commencing 29th March 2021.

You can find out more about EVWG at:

Website:  www.erlas.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erlasvwg

Twitter: @ErlasGarden

Instagram: @erlasvwg

COVID-19 Situation Garden CLOSED

COVID-19 Situation Garden CLOSED

It is with deep regret that the Trustees of Erlas Victorian Walled Garden have had to take the decision to close the garden.

Message from the Directors :

In light of the current coronavirus crisis the directors of the EVWG have decided to close the garden to service users, volunteers and visitors from 5 pm today (Friday 20th March 2020).

From Monday 23rd March 2020 access to the garden will be strictly controlled. Our Site Manager, Libby, will be preparing a rota which will ensure essential work is done in the garden but will maximise “social distancing”. Volunteers who want to attend the garden during this period of closure, should contact Brian Forhead through SLACK and he will pass your name on to Libby for inclusion in the rota.

We will continue to update you during the closure. It is a difficult decision but we believe the safety of all service users, staff and volunteers is the most important consideration.

 

Coronavirus

Coronavirus and the Erlas Victorian Walled Garden

At EVWG we are conscious of the vulnerable nature of some of our beneficiaries and volunteers. We are closely monitoring the advice given by the UK and Welsh governments and the Public Health authorities and we will update our advice in line with the latest information.

Below is how we as an organisation are responding.

1          If you have recently travelled to a high risk country as defined by the UK Government you should self-isolate for 14 days. This means do NOT come to EVWG. Please ring or email us if this is the case.

2          If you have developed symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, persistent cough and/or shortness of breath), you should also self isolate and follow government advice. Do NOT come to EVWG. Please ring or email us if this is the case.

3          If you are suffering from a heavy cold or flu you should stay away from EVWG for seven days. Please ring or email us if this is the case. If the symptoms pass in that time you may return to the garden. If they persist you should follow government advice. Again, please contact us if this is the case.

4          It appears those over 70 may be asked to self isolate in the near future. If this is the case, we will update this advice.

Here is some guidance on the Coronavirus, how to try to avoid it and what you should do if you develop symptoms.

Seasons Greetings From ERLAS

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Erlas Victorian Walled Garden

Yn dymuno Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd oddi wrth Ardd Furiog Fictoraidd Erlas

Don’t forget to have the sound turned on.

Seasons greetings from all of us at Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, we hope you have a wonderful and restful time over Christmas and New Year.

A big thank you to everybody who supported us in 2019, without you and your support we could not make Erlas the beautiful and tranquil oasis it is. We welcome your continued support as we move into 2020.

We look forward to welcoming all our friends to our events in the garden during 2020, make a note of these dates in your diary:

    • 22nd – 25th April 2020 – Plant Sale
    • 20th June 2020 – Summer Fayre
    • 13th September 2020 – National Gardens Scheme open day
    • 14th November 2020 – Winter Fayre

You can download our brochure with 2020 event dates, here: Erlas Information leaflet 2020

The garden is now closed until 6th January 2020. When we reopen you are most welcome to come and visit us between the hours of 10:00 and 14:30 for a look around and the purchase of seasonal fruit and vegetables.

We also welcome visits from groups, if you would like to organise a guided tour please call us on 01978 265058 or email us at info@erlas.org and we can arrange a suitable date and time.