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We had fun, made connections and, did good!
In October, we were at the People's Community Garden with the ActivLives family.
We had a fantastic morning helping with seasonal tasks in the Wildflower Meadow and Bee Garden maintenance preparing for the winter months. There was plenty of weeding, bramble bashing, raking and sowing seeds in the wildflower meadow.
In September we were at Emmaus Suffolk who provide rehabilitation for homeless, socially-isolated and long term employed people in Suffolk.
It was a fantastic morning helping the Emmaus team with ground maintenance at their Dales Road site.
In February we were at Age UK Suffolk.
It was a fantastic morning! We spent our morning preparing for another "Big Knit" by mailing Age UK Suffolk's army of knitters to update them on the next campaign for Innocent smoothie hats.
There were also many tiny hats in need of bobbles. We all had a great time creating some interesting pompoms with one of Age UK Suffolk's lovely volunteers, who was on hand to teach us the ropes.
In January we helped Emmaus Suffolk prepare their brand new workshop ready to open next week. We put up shelves, sorted storage spaces and even got the opportunity to turn our hand to some upcycling.
The new Emmaus Suffolk workshop is at Unit 17 Sailmakers shopping centre adjacent to their current retail store on the 1st floor.
Not only will Emmaus volunteers be learning new skills and brushing up on old ones but there will be upcycling and craft workshops available for the public.
In December we wrapped over 400 Christmas presents for the Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity.
Each year, hundreds of presents are kindly donated for patients who will be in hospital receiving care over Christmas. Do Good Networking helped wrap these presents, hoping to be able to spread some festive cheer to those in need.
In November we were back at Age UK Suffolk to help them prepare for their Christmas 'Pop-Up Chinwags'!
Chinwags are all about connecting older people who do not necessarily have many natural opportunities to meet people socially. Their Chinwags provide social inclusion, entertainment, friendship, support, advice and lots of fun through loosely-themed monthly meet-ups.
The December Pop-Up Chinwags are Christmas celebrations so even more fun than usual! There was plenty of preparation involved, including sorting the tombola prizes, folding raffle tickets, writing Christmas cards, wrapping Christmas presents and preparing festive hampers.
On the 17th October, we went to Zest Ipswich, part of the St Elizabeth Hospice family, a vibrant charity shop in Ipswich town centre supporting young people with incurable illnesses.
We helped out by sorting clothes for ready for their autumn/winter launch.
On 26th September, we visited ActivLives, a fantastic community garden with a sensory garden, allotments, wildlife area and even beehives.
We were helping them to maintain the wildflower meadow ready for the winter months.
On 18th July, we got together for a beach clean at Nacton Shores to support Lighthouse Women's Aid a local, independent charity working with women, young people and children affected by domestic abuse across Suffolk.
On 20th June, we helped out at Emmaus Suffolk. 15 Do Gooders gave their lovely community garden a good spruce, and made a great start with painting the fence!
On 23rd May, we helped out at ActivLives, a beautiful community garden based within Maidenhall Allotments. We helped out by weeding and laying new chippings to the human beehive, as well as painting their brand new bird hide.
On 25th April, we went to Papworth Trust and helped out at their allotments. We weeded and dug out their previously overgrown fruit and vegetable patches, ready to be replanted and for lots more produce to grow over the spring and summer months.
On 21st March, we went to Zest Ipswich, part of the St Elizabeth Hospice family, a vibrant charity shop in Ipswich town centre supporting young people with incurable illnesses.
We helped out by hanging, steaming and tagging stock ready for their spring/summer launch. We also helped to make bunting which will be used at their upcoming events!
On February 21st, we went to Age UK Suffolk to help out with their Big Knit campaign and their target to knit 25,000 hats by June 2019! We counted and sorted hats that have already kindly been knitted, sent a 'thank you' mailshot out to their knitters and we also got busy knitting ourselves!
On January 24th, we held our first ever Do Good event at Emmaus, the homelessness charity. We rolled up our sleeves, helping to reorganise one of their storage units in order to make space for more donated items! This helped hugely and added so much value, allowing them to raise more funds to continue their amazing support for the homeless.