2020 Greening Great Britain – Growing Connections funding

The RHS is inviting groups with creative ideas to improve local spaces, and grow connections in their local community through plants and gardening to apply for up to £500 for their project (see online details and application guidance).

 We will be accepting applications from;

  • West Yorkshire – Leeds
  • North Yorkshire – Harrogate, York and Selby
  • South Yorkshire – Barnsley, Sheffield, Rotherham, Chesterfield, Bassetlaw

 We are offering:

  • Hands-on support and advicefor your project from an RHS Community Outreach Advisor; for example:

– Consultation and project planning

– Horticultural advice and plant selection

– Skills training and workshops

– Aftercare and maintenance advice

– Or tell us what help you need for your project

  • £500 grant to support your project.

All RHS community gardening organisations are eligible to apply for this RHS funding, but don’t worry if you are not already registered it is easy to sign up online:

Yorkshire in Bloom (community gardening groups)

Campaign for School Gardening (schools, uniform groups and youth groups)

and Affiliated Societies (gardening clubs)

If you have any questions or would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Sarah-Jane Mason – Community Outreach Advisor, Yorkshire


Royal Horticultural Society

Harlow Carr Garden, Crag Lane, Harrogate, HG3 1QB


Leeds at Lotherton

Celebrating 110 years of Girlguiding

When: Saturday 4 July 2020

Cost: £15

Come and join us for a day of fun, themed around the programme, for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers.

Leeds at Lotherton 2020 Flyer PDF

Help us design a badge for the event.  The winning badge will be produced and given to everyone attending the event!  Competition deadline – Friday 28 February 2020.

Leeds at Lotherton 2020 Badge Competition

National Memorial Project

I’m contacting you from Big Ideas, we’re a community engagement organization who run creative commemoration projects for regional participation. We have a new project we thought you might be of interest to you. It’s a really lovely project and a great creative activity for groups to take part in. I have outlined some information about the project below.

Foundation Stones is a unique project that asks you to paint a commemorative stone to be placed within the foundations of the new UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. You and your group are invited to paint a stone in remembrance of the six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust and all other victims of Nazi persecution. You can also choose to dedicate your stone to those murdered in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Each Foundation Stone will represent a commitment from communities across the United Kingdom to learn from the past and to build a future free from all forms of prejudice, discrimination and hatred.

I’ve attached the digital resource pack for you to have a look at. This has all the information about the project as well as a how-to guide.
If you think this is something your group would be interested in, please do let me know. Also please do feel free to share my details with anyone you think may want to get involved. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Best wishes

Foundation Stones

020 3011 5275

Foundation Stones – A4 digital resource

Leeds Half Marathon – call for volunteers

Following the success of the 2019 Run For All Event Season I am now beginning to prepare for another great year of events in 2020.

I would like to get in touch with you regarding volunteering opportunities at the Leeds Half Marathon, which in 2020 is taking place on Sunday 10th May.  As you can imagine, each year we require thousands of volunteers in a variety of roles to ensure our Run For All events go without a hitch and the participants have a fantastic time. It would be amazing to have your support whether that’s a group that can volunteer or individual volunteers; your support is greatly appreciated.

Firstly, let me introduce ourselves; Run For All is part of the lasting legacy of the late amateur athlete and fundraiser Jane Tomlinson CBE, who made headlines around the world by taking part in a series of incredible endurance events – despite being diagnosed with an incurable cancer. By 2007 her declining health meant she was unable to take part in any more extraordinary undertakings. However, using the money she raised on her epic American adventure, Jane was able to sow the seeds for the Run For All Leeds 10K – the cornerstone of what would become her continuing legacy.

Today that one run has grown Run For All into one of the UK’s biggest not-for-profit events companies, providing a fundraising vehicle for a huge number of local and national charities. Every year tens of thousands of people take part in our popular events – running for charity, for a personal challenge or just for fun.

Each year, we require thousands of volunteers in a variety of roles to ensure our Run For All events go without a hitch and the participants have a fantastic time. Your support really is greatly appreciated by all. Every volunteer will also receive a volunteer goody bag with a t-shirt and snacks for the morning.

We have a number of roles available on event day: 

  1. Route Marshals
  2. Baggage Marshals
  3. Drink Station Marshals
  4. Finish Processing Marshals – handing out water/finishers goody bags to the runners

If you would like further information on the roles available or if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, I am more than happy to help. We work with a number of local groups and it creates an valuable opportunity and experience to get involved with a community mass participant running event.

Once again, hundreds of Eventeers join our community each year and without you Run For All events would not be possible. Our Eventeers are ambassadors whose enthusiasm and commitment creates an atmosphere that sets out events apart from others – high quality, fun, For All.

Best wishes,


Email: eventeers@runforall.com

Office Tel: 0113 826 7757

Wacky World

Wacky World is coming to a city near you in the run up to Christmas and it would be a great Christmas Party opportunity for your group. Tickets are £11.95 per person but for groups of 15 people or more we can do this at a discounted price of £9.56 exclusive to special organisations.

Here is a list of upcoming events https://www.wackyworld.co.uk/collections/events

For more information call/text us on 07710663433

We look forward to hearing from you

Young Healthcare Hero

I’m writing to make sure you are aware that nominations are currently being taken for the Yorkshire Evening Post Health Awards – and that there is a category for a young healthcare hero aged 16 or under.This award is for a young person who has use first aid skills to help someone, campaigned on a health issue or raised funds to support a health charity.

I’m afraid there’s only three days left now – but the nominations don’t need to be more than 150 words or so, it’s free, and it can be done online here: www.yephealthawards.co.uk

I do hope you’ll feel there are Guides within the Leeds district who are deserving of a nomination and that you’ll help to spread the word before the nominations close at noon on Friday, October 18.

Thanks in advance for your support,


Come and have your say weekend…

To All Girlguiding Leeds adult volunteers,

This is your opportunity to make suggestions, voice any concerns and help form the future of guiding in Leeds in a positive and structured manner.

Our volunteers are the most important part of guiding in Leeds and we would like to invite you to come along and have your voice heard at our drop-in weekend.  Please call in and spare us half an hour of your time (or a bit longer if you can).

We would like to meet as many volunteers as possible that represent units from across the whole of Leeds – we’ll even provide a cup of tea (coffee/juice) and a biscuit!

I’ll be there with other members of the County Team and we really look forward to meeting as many of you as can make it.

Louise Flynn (County Commissioner Designate)

When and Where:

  • Saturday 19 October – between 10.30am – 3.30pm

Faithful+Gould’s Offices, 3100 Century Way, Thorpe Park, Leeds LS15 8ZB (near The Springs retail park)

  • Sunday 20 October – between 11am – 3.30pm

The Trefoil Centre, 16a Morris Lane, Leeds LS5 3JD


The FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield have converted to cash free payments at their food concessions.  Knowing that this will have an impact on girls attending the Big Gig, Girlguiding have negotiated provision of a limited number of cash payment outlets.

It would, however, be a good idea to share with your local volunteers that this is the case so they can be prepared (there is, for example an app they could download which would allow them to make cashless payments on behalf of their group).  Information about this and everything else they need to know to prepare for the event can be found on the Information for Leaders page on the Girlguiding website.  Information will be coming out within the next week to the people who have put their names forward to volunteer.