You are hereSeptember 2010
Young people and volunteers all met at The Hilt to make a picnic together before heading out.
The day was full of slippery and shiny creatures including sting rays, sharks and otters.
Despite a rainy day, the sun came out just long enough for everybody to sit outside and enjoy the picnic before heading in for our "rock pool encounter".
On 30th September 2010, Solent Youth Action will be running a Conservation Taster Day in Copythorne.
Are you interested in Conservation and Wildlife?
Do you want to work in a team?
Do you want to learn new skills?
Do you want to gain some work experience and give something back to your community through Volunteering?
Most importantly do you want to have some fun?
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes then we need you!
vinvolved projects for September 2010 will include:
Fri 3rd : Thrill on a Hill
Postponed from August, this project sees us working on St Giles Hill in Winchester, cutting back shrubbery and brambles in the area.
Project time: 11am- 2pm
Lunch will be provided
Wed 8th : Harvest for the Homeless
Our charity allotment needs harvesting & watering. We've got vegetables topick and donate to local homeless charities.
Project time: 11am- 12:30pm
Lunch will NOT be provided
Fri 10th : Feed the Birds
As part of our Green Monday Gardening Crew project, we are encouraging wildlife into residential gardens, so we've a bunch of organic bird feeders to make. Pine cones, lard and bird seed- doesn't sound tasty, but the birds LOVE them.
Project time: 10am- 11.30am
Lunch will NOT be provided
Sun 19th : Conservation with the BTCV
As with every month, we are out with the BTCV in the Eastleigh Borough. Always a popular project as it's very hands on.
Due to health and safety reasons, places on this task are VERY limited.
If you have steel toe caps boots, please wear them.
Project time: 10am-2pm
Lunch will be provided
As you walk down Lymington High Street, you'd be forgiven for not noticing the work that Solent Youth Action's vinvolved project volunteers have been doing over the past three months.
That's because they have been working tirelessly in the gardens of the United Reformed Church to clear what can only be described as the Jumanji jungle in preparation for it to become a community garden, complete with sensory garden, labyrinth, allotments, and play area.
Hidden behind the church near the basics bank hut, volunteers, church members and Elizabeth Lewis; a local councillor who has donated a whopping £500 to the project, have been clearing trees, saplings, brambles, weeds, nettles and the odd bone or two (yuck).
This project has been in the making for over a year now, and after dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, volunteers have been able to work on a project that they have had significant involvement in planning, and even more significant involvement demolishing (the various large trees, that is).
What better way to spend the summer than surrounded by sun, sea and sand? Well, at West Hayling Nature Reserve in August, volunteers were surrounded by cloud, sea and um, stones. Despite this mishap though, we got to work clearing all sorts of strange things from the beach, which relies solely on volunteers to keep it tidy.
West Hayling Nature Reserve is known best for its past as an old oyster bed, and is home to a variety of nesting birds. As well as a popular dog walking location, it is used by all members of the community, including those who like a late night beach party or two.
Solent Youth Action's Eastleigh office played host to a somewhat colourful workshop in August when vinvolved project volunteers were invited to design and spray up a ma-husive canvas board with professional graffiti paints.
Working with the incredible urban artist, Rae Makepeace, volunteers learnt how to use professional graffiti spray paints responsibly, designing their own personal canvases to take home with them at the end of the day.
After much deliberation it was decided that the oversized canvas should be donated to a local children's centre, taking the form of a colourful circus scene complete with clowns and custard pies, illustrated with perfection by Rae.
Sprayed by their own fair hands, the volunteers learnt how to shade and blend the paints on the canvas, creating a truly fabulous piece of art.
Typically for the British summer, much of August was a bit of a wash out, particularly the end of it... during which we had arranged to do a charity car wash to raise funds for the Winchester Samaritans.
On the 25th of August, hearts sank as BBC weather broadcast a severe weather warning for rain in the south east of the country, the day that the vinvolved project volunteers were due to do a charity car wash.
And so, on a very soggy Wednesday afternoon, eight volunteers bravely washed the cars of local motorists who were happy to donate money to a very good cause.
On 19th August, a group of Solent Youth Action volunteers spent the day in Curdridge at South Hants Pony and Horse Protection Group.
South Hants Pony and Horse Protection Group are a registered charity manned by volunteers who are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of neglected, abused and unwanted equines in the South Hampshire area.
The day started out by getting the volunteers to prepare the stables and putting out hay bails for the horses and ponies that ranged from Cobs to Shetland ponies. Once completed it was time to put the leads on the horses and one by one the horses were led down to the stables which the volunteers enjoyed.
Smoky, Quest and Strider was then treated to a luxury brush and clean from the volunteers- pampered ponies! A particular favorite was Smokey the Welsh Section A horse, he was 14 hands high and had lovely brown skin that was well behaved. After a quick refreshing down pour it was time to say farewell and put the horses back into the field after their spa treatment.
On two very sunny days in July and August a group of Solent Youth Action volunteers headed to Trinity in Winchester.
Trinity Winchester is a charity providing services for those experiencing the effects of homelessness or vulnerable housing, problems with substance misuse, mental health issues, poverty, unemployment and social isolation.
Working in partnership with Solent Youth Action, Trinity Winchester and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust we planned to build a pond in the communal garden.
The aim of the pond was to attract local wildlife such as frogs and insects and provide a welcome wildlife sanctuary in the communal garden.
Despite the cold winter, the allotment has produced a fruitful crop of a variety of vegetables from sweetcorn, cabbages, cauliflower and potatoes to lettuce, cucumber, peppers, onions and beetroot as well as Solent Youth Action's very own melons! The autumn will see the harvest of pumpkins, in time for Halloween as well as root vegetables, such as: carrots, swedes and parsnips over the next few months.
As well as harvesting the vegetables, the volunteers have taken part in projects to distribute them to Sheltered Housing across the City and Homeless shelters.
Volunteers from the Take Action project took time out to restore a local beach area to its natural glory.
The volunteers spent a day cleaning up the beach near the natural beauty spot of Titchfield Haven, a well-known wildlife nature reverse, before exploring the area to watch the species of bird in their natural habitat.
They continued their litter pick in the afternoon, along the riverside in Woodmill near the Outdoor Activities Centre, in Southampton.