Many thanks to the staff at the Nationwide Building Society for allowing us to hold an Easter plant sale in their Goole branch, enabling us to raise funds for our charity. Volunteers from our Table Top Gardening Group set up the stall and stood for the day and sold plants to members of the public. A variety of spring bulbs were available to purchase along with specially themed Easter table centres.
We held a spring plant sale at The Courtyard selling a variety of spring bulbs including hyacinths, crocus, daffodils and tulips which everyone said looked and smelt beautiful. The plants have been nurtured at The Green Team poly tunnels at West Park by volunteers from our Table Top Gardening Group. Thank you to our host – The Courtyard and special thanks to our dedicated volunteer team for their hard work.
A huge ‘well done’ to our very own Green Team Volunteer Andy Barrett who, before Christmas, once again took to the streets dressed as Santa whilst pushing a lawn mower (with antlers and a red nose!) named ‘Rudolf!’ Amazingly, Andy successfully completed 5 marathons over 5 days totting up a very impressive 131 miles! He did this as a sponsored event and we are pleased to announce that he has raised a magnificent £1500.46! All of this money will be split between 2 local charities – The Green Team and Castaways. Andy completed a similar sponsored event the previous year, pushing his lawn mower named Rudolf for 20 miles a day over 5 days around Goole but wanted to top this, this year… and he did! Thank you so very much to everyone that sponsored Andy or that donated directly into his bucket, that stopped him in the street, that hung out of car windows, the roofer that threw down money (and landed in the bucket – what a shot!), that gave money online via BT My Donate (still open) and thank you especially to the lady that so very kindly emptied the contents of her purse into the bucket. Finally, once again, Andy Barrett – WE THANK YOU.
Our Green Team charity in Goole is pleased to announce the recent launch of ‘The Green Team Works C.I.C.’ – available now for commercial garden/grounds maintenance work.
The Green Team charity has been offering a low cost garden maintenance service in Goole and surrounding areas for 19 years and now, in addition to current services, have formed a Community Interest Company – ‘The Green Team Works C.I.C,’ which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the charity. One of the aims of the C.I.C. is to carry out garden or grounds maintenance work at commercial rates for those who do not qualify for the low cost charity service. All profits generated from the C.I.C. will be gifted to the charity, enabling it to become less reliant on external funding and to ensure its longevity within the community. Read more about our new commercial venture in our ‘Find Out More’ tab at the top of this page. We invite you to telephone our office on 01405 837126 for a no obligation quote.
Karen Needs, who works for Goole Citizens Advice Bureau, joined our Garden Maintenance Team for a session. Karen is a Key Worker for the CAB project ‘Action Towards Inclusion’ and after hearing about the work that we do, was interested to have some hands on experience.
Karen said, ‘thanks for letting me come along to see what The Green Team do – I really enjoyed my morning in the poly tunnels and my afternoon out on the van. It was great to chat to the volunteers and staff about the organisation and I think it will be really useful to pass information on to potential volunteers. Thanks also to Dave and the team for looking after me and showing me how to use the lawnmower.
Thank you to everyone that attended or helped at our recent AGM. Volunteers, Trustees, Members and Guests turned out in record numbers and helped to make it a truly memorable event! Special thanks to our Volunteers that gave speeches – you we’re amazing! Click hear to read Liam’s speech: Liam Holland AGM Speech 2017 Click here to read Margaret’s speech: Margaret Brett Speech 2017 AGM Click here to read Sean’s speech: Green Team AGM Sean Crane Speech Click here to read Andrew’s speech: ANDREW BARRETT AGM 2017 SPEECH
Learn to craft a beautiful wreath suitable for indoors or outdoors. We will supply all the elements you will need to create a wreath for your home or to give as a gift. No experience is necessary. Guidance and support available. Venue: The Green Team Training Room, West Park, Goole. We are hosting 2 Wreath Making workshops. Choose the best day for you or book onto both!
Thursday 30th November 2017 (10 am to 12 noon)
Thursday 7th December 2017 (10 am to 12 noon)
Workshop, all resources and refreshments – cost £15. Places are limited. To book, please telephone our office on 01405 837126.
Book a place on one of our Festive Card Making Workshops and learn how to make your own special, personalised and unique greetings cards for any occasion. A gift of a handmade card says so much more than a shop-bought one and is a wonderful way to share your talents, imagination and creativity. Simple techniques will be used, no previous experience is needed and full guidance and support will be available. 2 dates available – Thursday 16th November & Thursday 23rd November 2017. 10:00am – 12 noon. Venue: The Green Team Training Room, West Park. Cost: £5 per person. All materials provided. Refreshments included. Places are limited. To book, please telephone The Green Team Office on 01405 837126.
Join us for a morning of planting, company and a cuppa and create a winter hanging basket to take home with you! We will provide the basket and liner, the plants to go in it and full instruction and guidance. No experience necessary. Thursday 2nd November 2017 at 10.00 am in our Green Team Training Room, West Park. Cost – 2 hour workshop and all materials £12. Refreshments incl. Please call our office on 01405 837126 to book as places are limited.
We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in securing funding from the Big Lottery to the value of £147,500.00. This award is specifically to enable The Green Team to develop the ‘Volunteer Journey’ project and to set up a wholly owned Community Interest Company. The ‘Volunteer Journey’ is designed to train and prepare individuals for the job market, initially learning basic employability skills such as time keeping, team work and commitment, developing self-esteem and confidence. Following a period of volunteering, individuals will have the opportunity to apply for short term, paid employment – working on our new commercial gardening service, whilst also receiving intensive employability training in applications, interview skills and personal development. These employment packages will not be a ‘rite of passage’ and each individual will have to prove their commitment and desire to want to move into employment. Grateful thanks from all at The Green Team go to the National Lottery players for their support towards enabling this project to develop.
A huge ‘WELL DONE!’ to our Green Team Volunteer Liam Holland on completing his week long, 125 mile, sponsored bike ride around Goole – completing it over 5 days. Liam, who has been a Volunteer with The Green Team for a year now, was inspired to do a sponsored event by Green Team Volunteer Andy Barrett’s sponsored event just before Christmas when he pushed a lawn mower named Rudolf around Goole. Liam has decided that he would like all of his sponsorship money to be split between 2 local charities – The Green Team and Castaway. If you would like to sponsor Liam please call into the Green Team office in The Courtyard. So far, Liam has raised £375.50, which we think is amazing! Congratulations and our grateful thanks to Liam.
‘Join us for a Herb Workshop.’ Wednesday 28th June 2017, 10:30am until 1:30pm at our Green Team Training Room, West Park. A trained herbalist will take you through the session which will include herb identification, herb tasting and you will have the opportunity to make a herb balm to take home. Cost for the session is £4 / no cost for our Volunteers and a packed lunch will be needed. Places are limited. To book you place please telephone The Green Team office on 01405 837126.
Driver needed for one of our vehicles. Your role will be to transport our Volunteer Garden Maintenance Team in and around Goole to the locations where they will be working. Ideally we need an additional driver for a Tuesday morning but there is some flexibility if this is not suitable.
You will need to be reliable, have good communication and listening skills, be a safe, confident driver, hold a full UK licence and enjoy meeting and helping people.
Whilst working with us you will be:
- giving your time to a local charity that benefits local people
- increasing your knowledge and skills
- meeting new people and working as part of a team
- getting to know people and places in the community
- helping people in need and making a difference
Goole College understands the importance volunteers play in the local community and recently hosted an event to raise awareness and provide information on how to get involved with local organisations. On Wednesday 26 April, organisations such as accessible music theatre Castaway Goole, VYPER (Volunteering for Young People within East Riding), garden maintenance service ‘The Green Team’, Volunteen, British Heart Foundation and The Army Reserve visited the college to speak to students and provide information about becoming a volunteer. The event was organised by the Goole College Information, Advice and Guidance Team and the Careers Team who took the opportunity to promote the benefits of volunteering to our staff and students. The event was well attended and more sessions are planned for the future.
Staff and Volunteers from The Green Team were recently invited to attend a Prince’s Trust Presentation Event in Goole to celebrate the achievements of local individuals that had taken part in the Prince’s Trust Work Programme. This 12 week long course aims to move young people closer to employment and 2 weeks of the course is spent on a work experience placement. Lewis, (pictured centre), had spent his placement with The Green Team – gaining experience and skills and improving his confidence. Well done Lewis – The Green Team wish you every success for the future!
Once again, The Green Team will be opening its doors to the poly tunnels at this years ‘Picnic In The Park’ which is taking place on Sunday 4th June 2017 at West Park, Goole and our Table Top Gardening Group will be selling bedding plants, hanging baskets and containers. The majority of our plants have been grown from seed are available now. Please show support for your local charity by purchasing your ‘grown in Goole’ bedding plants from us this year. Orders for hanging baskets and conatiners are now being taken and we also offer a refill service if you already have pots or baskets from last year. We are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
At our recent Easter Workshop we were asked if we would hold a ‘hanging basket workshop’… so here’s the date! Thursday 11th May at 10.00 am in our Green Team Training Room, West Park. Join us for a morning of planting, company and a cuppa and create a basket to take home with you! We will provide the basket and liner, the flowers to go in it and full instruction and guidance. No experience necessary. Cost – 2 hour workshop and all materials £12. Refreshments incl. Please call our office on 01405 837126 to book as places are limited.
Join us for an afternoon of creativity, making handmade flowers using a variety of materials.
Date: Friday 7th April 2017
Venue: Green Team Training Room, West Park
Cost: £6.00 – includes all materials and refreshments
Workshop free for any of our Green Team Volunteers
All welcome, no experience necessary, full guidance given. To book your place please telephone our Green Team Office on 01405 837126 or email email@example.com. Places limited.
Spring has arrived at our polytunnels at West Park and so has our newest addition to our staff team! We welcome ‘Janet’ who has joined The Green Team as ‘West Park / Table Top Group Co-ordinator.’ There are plenty of opportunities for new Volunteers to get involved with The Table Top Group and Janet’s role will be to develop our site at West Park. The group will be selling bedding plants and hanging baskets over the summer and are taking orders for them now. Janet will be on site on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Please contact our office on 01405 837126 if you enjoy being outdoors and are interested in becoming involved with the group as a Volunteer.
‘Warren’s Sponsored Headshave’ – took place at our Christmas party! He raised a magnificent £108! Our Green Team Volunteers were at the ready with their own hair cutting gear but in the end we felt that more appropriate hair cutting equipment should be used for the task! Watch the video.
We understand that finding just the right gift for someone special takes much consideration.
By purchasing a Green Team gift voucher you are not only giving a gift that lasts into the summer but you are also showing your support for our charity and helping us to continue with our valuable work in the community.
Vouchers are valid for one year from date of purchase and may be used to purchase any Green Team product or service:
Hanging baskets, planted containers, bedding plants – all grown by our Volunteers at our poly tunnels in West Park, Goole, or
garden maintenance visits from The Green Team.
Our gift vouchers start at £10 and are available now for Christmas. Please telephone our office on 01405 837126 or drop in to see us.