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.

 

Winter Fayre 2019 – Thank You

A very big thank you to all of our supporters who left the warmth of their homes on Saturday to make our Winter Fayre a great success. We were delighted to see so many of you and it made all the hard work that our students, staff and volunteers put into the event all the more rewarding. To top the event off we raised a record £1850; your generosity will ensure that we can continue to give our students the best possible experience.

Our friends from Wrexham Singing Hands provided some fantastic entertainment which was enjoyed by all, in particular our students who joined in.

Rachael, Helen and Cathy enjoying Wrexham Singing Hands
Rachael, Emily and Gareth joining in
Cathy, Jade and Damon also in the swing of it

Here are a few pictures from the various stalls around the garden

Chestnut the bear enjoying the warmth of the roundhouse
Avril and Sylvia with one of our very popular reindeer
Karen, Emily and John enjoying the afternoon
Paul and Matthew on the popular reindeer stall
Greg and Kerry enjoying the afternoon
Knitted Llama and Cacti were popular and soon sold out
Rachael on the very popular Tombola stall
Anne and Avril on the craft stall
Emma and Ann with Emma’s knitted handywork
The mulled wine warming up on the Roundhouse stove was very tasty
Mike and friends
And our popular plant shop saw plenty of customers, keeping Kerry busy

 

Winter Fayre – 16th November 2019

Saturday 16th November sees our last event of 2019 as we open our doors and welcome you all to our Winter Fayre. Doors open at 1pm and we will be open until 3:30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Tombola, Raffle, Craft and Refreshment stalls and the popular Wrexham Singing Hands, there will be lots to keep the whole family entertained.

Admission is £1 for adults with children free.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Autumn Update

As Summer came to a wet end and Autumn started with equally damp weather, there was still much activity in the garden; beautiful late colours as well as delicious fruit and vegetables in our well stocked shop. Craft classes continued to be a hive of activity, we welcomed new members and said goodbye to our fundraiser Kate who left us for pastures anew.

Cathy saying goodbye to Kate
A lovely bouquet from the garden for Kate on her last day
Meanwhile in the craft class ……………
Avril was concentrating on her crochet
Connor was enjoying his first day in craft class
Outside Brian and James were tidying up the tool room
Rez was tidying up outside the greenhouse
Following the monsoon style rainfall and the damage the excessive water caused to the paths, Rob and Peter were building a drainage channel to divert the excess water away from the main garden.
We had a visit from the ‘Wrexham Farmers Wives Association’, who enjoyed a beautiful evening walk around the garden followed by refreshments in the roundhouse
We welcomed a volunteer working party from the DWP, who made a great job of tidying up the west garden perimeter wall.

 

Winter Fayre – 16th November 2019

We look forward to welcoming all our friends to our Winter Fayre on16th November from 13:00 – 15:30. As well as the opportunity to wander around our fabulous garden, there will be stalls for the purchase of gifts and in addition delicious refreshments will be on sale.

There is a small entrance charge of £1 for adults and all proceeds will provide much needed funds for the benefit of the charity.