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Month: April 2020

Wellbeing, gardening, bees, flowers.

Gardeners at allotmentChanging lives with like minded volunteers enhances wellbeing, gardening, bees and flowers.

Chat, joke, sing and dance, but understand differences, love not hate, we are in this together.
Working together in green spaces, enhancing nature, saving the bees from extinction, reducing global warming, trying to save the planet. Living life to the fullest for enriched lives.

Regular community gardening means that we get low-intensity physical activity.

There is evidence that gardeners live longer and are less stressed, pointing to both the physical and mental health benefits of gardening.  Sowing seeds or planting bulbs in your garden or at the allotments benefits many things.

Bees pollinating flowersGrow flowers, pollinators to save the bees. Flowers provide bees with nectar and pollen, which worker bees collect to feed their entire colonies. Bees provide flowers with the means to reproduce, by spreading pollen from flower to flower in a process called pollination. Without pollination, plants cannot create seeds.

Plant trees to reduce global warming. Trees and plants take in carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, theoretically planting enough trees should reduce carbon dioxide.

By gardening, the exercise you get from doing so burns off a lot of calories, relieves stress, lowers your blood pressure and spending time outside is good for your bones.

Wellbeing at allotment plantingWalking up down and all around the garden or the allotments, breathing in the fresh air, glancing at the green spaces, the wild flowers and the trees, listening to the birds and the insects as they search for feed or as they start their journey to migration or hibernation. Very heart warming.

Gardening is good for your mental health and enhances wellbeing, gardening, bees and flowers. You feel pride and joy as you work hard, to enhance nature. Sowing seeds by hand with great care, ensuring that the depth and the spacing of each seed or bulb is within its limits as per instructions for impending growth. Learning all of the time.

While the plants and trees grow, they inhale and exhale, so, the carbon that plants absorb from the atmosphere in photosynthesis becomes part of the soil when they die and decompose.

Wild birds help gardening by eating the plant eating insects to feed their young and by consuming weed seeds, to keep away unwanted plants.

By community gardening, mental health blossoms.

Isolating in the Garden

garden_isolating_rainbowbizHi my friends, I walked my first 6 laps of the back garden at 2pm this afternoon.  Sometimes when I’m walking around the garden a bee buzzes past me as if to say hi Daz, thank you for tending the wildflowers that provide pollen and nectar for us bees and other insects.

Today I’d only been outside for 30 seconds when the bee buzzed by. I have the feeling that the bees wait for me these days.

As I walked the garden there were clusters of daisies and dandelions, both of these wildflowers are important plants for pollinators in the UK daisies are important plants for pollinators, including beetles, ants, and moths.

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Dandelions are not the first source of pollen for bees. The pollen from dandelions is of poor quality, but better than nothing. They do provide a good source of nectar. A lawn full of dandelions is better for bees than a weed free lawn, but not nearly as good as a garden with a variety of plants and no dandelions.

So today I’ve walked 6 laps of the back garden and I’ll be walking 12 laps as usual today. Staying at home and exercising in my back garden is good for my self-isolation and saves me from catching the #covid19 virus. So therefore I am protecting the NHS and saving lives, including my own life.

Love from Daz xx

The Birds and Bees in the Back Garden

Bushes in the GardenWalking into the garden for light exercise and to listen to the birds and the bees is good for my body and my mental health.

Listening to the whistling of the birds or the buzzing of the bee brings happy smiles to my face and takes away any feelings of stress.

We need to look after and care for the birds and all of the insects in our gardens. Just like us, the birds and the insects need to eat and drink to survive diverse whether. I provide of fresh tap water in dishes for the birds: Birds need water to Bird Feederdrink and to bathe in, to keep their feathers in good condition to keep their body isolated in the winter Insects can drink water from the morning due, plants, fruit, raindrops or from the edges of ponds or puddles. Garden birds will eat, slugs, snails, worms, caterpillars, spiders and fruits berries from trees. Insects will eat leaves. Sucking insects poke tiny holes in leaves and draw the juices out of them.

Written by Daz Cook.

Social Distance in 2020

Social DistanceSo we are in the midst of the most incredible times of our life we are having to learn to social distance from our friends, family and the rest of the community.  Covid 19 has completely changed our way of live, how we work and how the Country is operating. I had never given social distance a thought before, what a different world we are living in.

Sadly, we have had to temporarily close our social enterprise, which means our Hippy Shop has closed it’s shop doors and the online shop too.  We have also had to stop both our weekly community groups, the Arty Folk and Friendship Group and Digging Deeside too.  This has affected some of the most marginalised members of our community.

Zoom Online SocialIn order to keep contact with people, Sarah and myself have taken it upon ourselves to telephone, message, text and email the people we support in order to offer a friendly point of contact at this very worrying time for us all.  More recently we have started to host weekly Online Socials using the incredible Zoom software, which has proven a great hit.  Many people have joined in over the past couple of weeks in various different ways, from sitting chatting, to playing musical instruments and we even had a music quiz the other week.  It is so nice to “see” people and keep in touch, it gives me a sense that we are all in this together, helping each other.

Growing at HomeOn a personal note, I have started to take regular exercise each day, whether that is a YouTube workout and even a ballet session (yes me and ballet)!  I have also dusted my push bike off and got it roadworthy after years of no use.  Now I am enjoying the freedom of a little fresh air whilst cycling around my local streets every few days too.  As a family we have been growing lots of fruit, veg and flowers in our garden and encouraging others to do the same. I have even started blogging again!

It is really difficult to look for the positives when we are seeing thousands of people are dying every day from this horrific virus.  However, I am remaining as positive as I can and making the most of lockdown time that has been forced upon me.  I hope you are too.  Stay home and be safe. Sue.

RainbowBiz CIC saved from closure after £10k ‘lifeline’

Photo Credit: Ginger Pixie Photography

A social enterprise that works with the most marginalised members of the North Wales community has been saved from closure after receiving £10,000 in emergency funding.

RainbowBiz CIC were facing a financial crisis after Covid-19 forced them to close their Hippy Shop in Mold, which used 100 per cent of its profits to sustain the work of the social enterprise.

With no money coming in staff feared they would have to end their work until the Steve Morgan Foundation gave them a £10,000 ‘lifeline’ to help them through the worst of the crisis.

The money will enable them to sustain the RainbowBiz Hippy Shop in Mold for the next three months and carry on working with their most vulnerable members.

RainbowBiz CIC director Sue Oliver said: “When Covid-19 struck our first thought was with the people we support.  We were forced to shut our Hippy Shop and were faced with the prospect of having to close the enterprise completely.

“Our work had previously been recognised by the Steve Morgan Foundation so we applied for financial assistance as part of their Covid-19 Emergency Fund and they awarded us £10,000. It was such a relief.”

Sarah Way, director and Hippy Shop manager said: “Not only is the shop our trading arm where we make money for our projects, it is also a gathering place for groups, volunteers, holistic therapists and our regular customers who we love to chat with.

“I am so relieved and humbled by this funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation that will keep our lovely shop from closing permanently.  The future looks bright again for us.”

The social enterprise will also be able to continue contacting members, including their weekly online social meet-up so people can socialise despite being housebound.

Steve Morgan, founder of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “Last year RainbowBiz CIC won the Best Entrepreneurial Social Enterprise Award at the Steve Morgan Foundation Awards for the work they do with the most marginalised members of the community.”

“Many of these people are extremely isolated and rely on projects like RainbowBiz  for social interaction and routine. That’s why we stepped in now so they can continue their good work when they’re needed the most.”

Morgan has committed to give £1m a week for an initial 12 weeks to charities in North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire to help them carry on working with the vulnerable during Covid-19.

Digging Deeside Social Gardening Project

Sarah Way, Director of RainbowBiz CIC and Project Co-ordinator of the social gardening project Digging Deeside.

One of the regular groups, a social gardening project called Digging Deeside is now running a lockdown growing project called Let’s Grow Together.  This is to promote positive wellbeing, food sustainability and encourage everyone in the community to get involved.  Short videos are being shared of progress of seeds which are being grown and photographs which members of the community are being encouraged to send it which are then shared for everyone to see.  This is giving lots of inspiration and focus to the community who may not have grown anything from seed before. If you would like to get involved, please take a look at the Digging Deeside facebook page, you can also email your photographs and videos to info@rainbowbiz.org.uk  Let’s Grow Together!