Liz is very excited to have co-ordinated the Press Coverage of the opening of the Chelsea Garden at Furzey Gardens in the New Forest last week. Laura Trant from BBC South Today is a great friend of Furzey Gardens and broadcast live throughout the day on Thursday.
Furzey Gardens and Minstead Training Trusts (registered as Minstead Training Project) are part of a charitable organisation whose aims are to support people with learning disabilities to live as full citizens, achieving the greatest possible independence and self-worth. The Minstead Training Trust was established in 1986.
The Minstead Training Trust currently supports over 75 students by providing practical training in life skills, work-based skills and the creative arts. Furzey Gardens provides students with an inspirational setting where they can learn new skills in horticulture. Other opportunities includewood work, catering, hospitality and animal care. In addition, the Trust provides support in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), literacy and numeracy and therapeutic skills in art, craft, drama and photography as well as supporting leisure activities and holidays and days out.
Students can join the project at the age of 18 and Minstead offers residential and supported living accommodation to those students that need it. It also offers respite care to give families and carers breaks.
It truly is a magical place and Liz is very honoured to be working with the team on the launch.
Here is the official Press Release:
A New Forest garden, developed by a learning disability team, that won Gold at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been recreated and will be launched by TV Gardener, Chris Beardshaw. Chris led the team from Furzey Gardens and the Minstead Training Trust to success and returned to officially open the ‘Chelsea Garden’ in the presence of groups from a range of learning disability organisations and hundreds of invited guests, students, staff and volunteers. Each person was given a gold coloured item to hold aloft at the moment of opening, creating a field of gold.
The ‘Chelsea Garden’ now takes pride of place in the grounds of the beautiful Furzey Gardens, set in acres of peaceful woodland in Minstead, nr Lyndhurst. The aim of the Chelsea Project was to show how much people with learning disabilities can achieve with appropriate support. Students inspired the design and were encouraged to express, through speech and art, what they love about the gardens and what they think it is that makes Furzey Gardens such a special place.
Chris Beardshaw is immensely proud of what the team have achieved: “Our aim was to capture the unique essence of Furzey Gardens which would engender the same feeling of peace and tranquillity that envelops visitors as they wander round the paths and secret corners of this special garden. The Chelsea Garden has come home.”
The Minstead Training Project, the sister charity to Furzey Gardens, was founded in 1986 and offers whole year round services in residential and day care and training in Work, Life and Social Skills to adults who have learning disabilities. Since the Trust started, it has earned a reputation for its unique style of high quality care, commitment and excellence.
Chairman of Trustees, Reverend Tim Selwood, explains the importance of the legacy of the Chelsea Flower Show: “Our students and staff took an important part of their lives to the show and I am delighted that we are now able to continue the growing and nurturing process by recreating their success within the beautiful setting of Furzey Gardens.”
Furzey Gardens has attracted over 1m visitors since they were restored in 1972 and they are open to the public daily until dusk, the Gallery and tea rooms open daily from 10am until 5pm between March and October. Students and staff from Minstead are entirely responsible for maintaining the grounds and cultivating the plants that are sold to raise funds for the charities.
Liz was the 12 o’clock Interview on Geoff’s Carter show on Hot Radio today!
She was talking about ‘SMART Marketing for your not-for-profit organisation’ that she co-wrote with Dianne Edgar of Insight Marketing Services. She talked about the challenges facing charities and community groups in a world where funding and donations are drastically reducing and how following some simple marketing tips (outlined in the book) can really help.
MP3 coming soon!
We are very proud to announce the launch of a new e-book, which Liz has co-authored, called “SMART Marketing for your not-for-profit organisation” ! The official launch will take place tonight at Hotel Miramar in Bournemouth with invited guests from local charities, community groups and support organisations.
Written with Dianne Edgar from I-Marketing Services Ltd, the e-book is formatted in an easy-to-read style, offering 52 top tips for better marketing communications. It is the third in the SMART Marketing series that Dianne has written and she approached Brilliant Fish for help with the not-for-profit aspect of the book, drawing on our experience in the sector.
For Liz, it is the fulfilment of an early dream! ”When I had my very first thoughts about starting up in business, I wanted to write a marketing pack that charities could buy at a reasonable cost and that would be written in their language” she says. ”This is the book!”.
Available to buy at £7.99 from www.lulu.com
iTrust Dorset, a brand new digital trail around Corfe Castle, is launched today and is a joint venture between Brilliant Fish and South West Artwork in association with the National Trust in Dorset! “Quest for the Crown” is a game aimed at 11-16 year olds, which leads players around the ruins and explores more about the history of the castle and the people that lived there.
The free activity can be downloaded onto an iphone, android or gps device before visiting the castle or a handset can be borrowed on arrival. The game has been written and produced by Dorchester-based We Are Revolting Art & Design who worked closely with staff at the National Trust in Corfe to make sure the storyline was as historically accurate as possible.
Players take the identity of a blacksmith’s apprentice and have to negotiate different challenges and obstacles in their search for King John’s crown!
The activity is available every weekend at Corfe Castle until 21st October. For more details about the game and how to download it, visit www.itrustdorset.com