Welcome to the latest edition of The Bevern Trust Summer Newsletter 2018
Explore the fascinating grounds at Banks Farm off Boast Lane in Barcombe on Sunday 8th April. These intriguing private grounds span nine acres and are home to extensive lawns, enchanting woodland, and orchards all set around the lake, teeming with wildlife.
Stunning gardens and a rich tapestry of flowers and herbaceous borders at Holford Manor, North Chailey are open for two days on Sunday 3rd June* and Sunday 8th July. Here you’ll also find rare sheep grazing in the meadow, resident geese, and in the distance, you might just see the bees working to make honey which will be available to buy.
*On Sunday 3rd June, don’t miss the special Bird of Prey ‘Owl Display’ at Holford Manor from Owls Out and About.
Both Sussex gardens are local treasures that you won’t want to miss and are perfect days out for family and friends. Fresh tea and coffee with homemade delicious cakes will be on sale at both Open Gardens. All profits donated to The Bevern Trust.
| Banks Farm |
Boast Lane, Barcombe BN8 5DY
Date: Sunday 8th April
Open: 11am – 4pm
Entry: £5pp, Children free with accompanying adult
Access: At least half of grounds accessible by wheelchair
Note: No dogs, delicious home-made cake and fresh tea on sale
| Holford Manor |
North Chailey, BN8 4DU
Date: Sunday 3rd June and Sunday 8th July
Open: 11am – 4pm
Entry: £5pp, Children free with accompanying adult
Access: Stone and grass paths suitable for wheelchairs
Note: No dogs, home-made cake and fresh tea on sale
Wishing all our residents, their families, our staff, volunteers, donors and supporters a very happy New Year 2018.
At our home at Bevern View you can read with our residents, help in the kitchen, tend to the garden or drive the minibus, so that profoundly disabled people can access their community and live life to the full.
For more information or a chat about the different voluntary roles available, call us on 01273 021241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Remember to check our 2018 yearly calendar for all tour latest events and activities, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
With all our best new year’s wishes for 2018.
The team from Hurst College spent Friday 23rd June tidying up the grounds at Sussex disability charity The Bevern Trust, making the gardens look great in time for summer. Students worked incredibly hard throughout the day, transforming the borders, getting rid of the weeds and giving the outside spaces some real TLC.
Many of the students also spent time in the afternoon with residents at Bevern View, joining in with activities, reading stories and getting involved.
Residents at our home Bevern View love to have visitors and all the students from Hurst were so enthusiastic, friendly and so positive about helping in the garden or getting involved in activities.
Our thanks go to everyone from Hurst College for their time and to the Teachers and coordinators for making it possible… We look forward to seeing you again next year!
If your school has the opportunity to get involved with local charities like The Bevern Trust, we would love to hear from you. You can come and get involved at our home, volunteer or come for work experience, or we can come to you and hold an assembly in your school that inspires your fellow students and gets everyone talking about disability in an engaging inclusive way. Call 01273 021241 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Lewes Lions have set the bar high with a number of fundraising events to present a wonderful donation of £1500 for The Bevern Trust. On 8th June, Lions Sid Decaix, Ann and Alan Dunn (pictured below with Chief Executive Jonathan Spencer) visited the Sussex Disability Charity in Barcombe to see exactly how their gift will make a difference to the lives of profoundly disabled people living at Bevern View.
Working with community groups like Lions Clubs is very important to us as a local disability charity and it was great to welcome Lewes Lions to Bevern View to see how their fundraising helps to change the lives of vulnerable people.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 021241
As the Chief Executive of The Bevern Trust and an avid gardener myself, I get to see first hand how a lovely looking and well-maintained garden brings so much happiness to the people with profound disabilities who we care for.
However, I need your help. Two of the regular gardeners who were originally volunteering to look after the garden at our home Bevern View in Barcombe, are no longer able to come and help and so the weeds are starting to creep up again and the bushes are overgrown. I need someone who can spare a couple of hours each week to volunteer and help us keep on top of things in the garden.
We have two adjacent sites at our home in Barcombe where the grass needs cutting, the flower beds and the borders really need some TLC. We can provide some basic tools and materials as needed.
The surroundings are so important to the people who live at Bevern View and their families, so if you can share my appeal with any fellow gardeners that would like to come and help make a difference at their Sussex disability charity, I would love to hear from them.
Jonathan Spencer, Chief Executive
The Bevern Trust
*Subject to enhanced DBS check and two references.
At The Bevern Trust, the people we care for have very specific dietary requirements, so all our meals are home-made, nutritious and lovingly prepared from scratch. We work closely with parents and carers to make sure we avoid foods that might cause allergies, or for people that are gluten or lactose intolerant that the meals we create are delicious and healthy, 365 days a year.[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ icon=”icon-heart” font_weight=”bold” ]Sue, Diane and Jo served up more than 10,000 meals in 2016[/gdlr_heading] [gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ size=”40px” color=”#ffffff” background=”#91d549″ ]Kitchen at the heart of Bevern View[/gdlr_heading]
Sue (above) and Diane are our wonderful cooks and supported by Jo who volunteers with them in the kitchen at our home Bevern View, create delicious meals for people who have the most complex needs. They work hard to make sure all our residents and respite visitors are served meals that are carefully matched to their care plans, meals that they love and that they will be able to digest easily.[gdlr_quote align=”center” ]As a Sussex disability charity, we need more volunteers to help in the kitchen, or drive the minibus and help change the lives of profoundly disabled people. Click here to drop us an email and see how you can help![/gdlr_quote]
People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) are more likely to have nutritionally related health problems than the general population. Issues relating to body weight and nutritional status are often caused by health conditions such as swallowing difficulties, gastro-oesophageal reflux, diabetes, constipation and poor oral health. Source: Pamis.org.uk
At The Bevern Trust during Volunteers’ Week we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered for us and also introduce more volunteers to help us give more to people with profound disabilities.
1. Great Fun; your time is well spent with a friendly relaxed team that will help people with complex needs get more from life.
2. Gain Professional Experience; learn new things and discover hidden talents, enhance your CV promoting personal growth and self esteem.
3. You Make a Difference; Give something back to your community and support your local charity.
See our Driving, Garden and Housekeeping volunteers’ roles at Do-It.org or call 01273 400752.
Volunteer Work Locally.
Drivers needed. Driving our minibus is great fun and at times that work around you. It gives residents with complex needs, the opportunity to participate in educational sessions, attend medical appointments and social activities.
Kitchen and Housekeeping. Time spent volunteering in a relaxed and social home is an opportunity of a life-time. Home-made nutricious food is always important but even more so for people with with profound disabilities. A few hours of your time will help us keep a clean and tidy loving home.
Gardening. Green fingers and an eye for detail will help our gardens and grounds look well-kept all year round. Just a few regular hours are needed to help give our residents a beautiful home.
Volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group gave a day this week to tidy the garden, cut the grass, dig over the flower beds and paint the skirting boards at Bevern View. The team of seven volunteers had great fun working together to help keep the grounds at Bevern View looking their best. It was a great opportunity for team building, working outside of the office whilst learning more about a local disability charity.
As a charity, we rely on volunteers to give their time in the garden, in the kitchen and driving and this is a great example of how local businesses can come together and give something back to their community. If you would like to get involved and give your time volunteering either with colleagues from work, with friends or individually, we would love to hear from you. A huge thank you goes to all the volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group who worked so hard during their time at Bevern View.
Email email@example.com or call 01273 400 752 for more information on volunteering at Bevern View.
Along with our amazing staff, volunteers are what keep us going, our friends at Lloyds Bank regularly send a small work party to help us with all those things we struggle to get done. This year they helped us clean up the brick patios at the rear and front of the building. They spent a day scraping away, clearing leaves and tidying the grounds. The Lloyds bank team really made a difference and they enjoyed their time with us…we did bribe them with chocolate cake! Whether its your time or a donation it all helps to keep the amazing environment of our home: Bevern View.[gdlr_space height=”40px [gdlr_space height=”60px”] [gdlr_process min_height=”200px” type=”vertical” ] [gdlr_tab icon=”icon-rss” title=”Giving” ] If your company has corporate giving scheme or encourages staff to give back to the community through work with charities then give us a call.[/gdlr_tab] [gdlr_tab icon=”icon-flag” title=”Community ” ] Involving people on our local and the wider community supports our residents and brings our causes and campaigns for the profoundly disabled to a wider audience. In the end its about our residents, they need your help. [/gdlr_tab] [gdlr_tab icon=”icon-fire” title=”Ironing anyone?” ]From ironing to office admin you can help by volunteering, your money can go to directly support activities or general equipment, or you can help us fundraise for the minibus appeal, the sensory garden or a new activities extension. [/gdlr_tab] [/gdlr_process]