Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fallen fruit......

Barrow and District Disability Association job vacancy


Part-time DISABILITY ADVICE AND BENEFITS ADVISER (21 hours pw) to June 2016

Salary £19,817 (pro rata)

The Association is looking for a fourth member to join our Disability Advice and Benefits Service.  The person will be required to provide general and more complex disability information and advice and welfare benefits advice, including preparation of appeals to a wide range of clients.

Applicants must have an in-depth knowledge of disability and welfare benefits and eligibility criteria, and experience of advising clients on these.  Knowledge of the appeals process would be an advantage.

The successful applicant will be required to work Monday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 5pm with one hour for lunch, and will be a driver with access to a car.

Applicants should provide a c.v, letter of application and names and addresses of two referees.  

Further details of the post available from the Projects Officer, 71 – 77 School Street, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1EJ, telephone 01229 432599 or  

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 12th November, 2014.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

October jobs in the edible container garden - advice from Vertical Veg

"October is a time of change in the container garden. We say a fond farewell to our warm weather friends – the tomatoes, chillies, runner beans etc – and welcome in the cool weather crops like rocket and kale"

Vertical Veg offers free advice for October jobs in the - edible container garden at:

Choosing the right strawberry plant - Free advice from Gardeners World

“You can buy strawberries all year round in supermarkets but, even in season, they're expensive and rarely taste as good as home-grown fruits. They're ideal for growing in containers on a patio or balcony - plant five in a 45 cm diameter pot or up to 10 in a growing bag. Plants should fruit well for three or four years”

Discover which type of strawberry plant is best for you, in Gardeners World Magazine at:

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Does your community group have a wild side?........You could be funded!

Grow Wild is a four-year programme that aims to bring together community members, especially young people, to transform disused, unloved, neglected or uninspiring sites into a place that is attractive and useful by planting and sowing wild flowers, plants and trees that are native to the UK.

It is awarding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing native plants. 

The deadline for applications is 2 December 2014 (midnight) and successful groups will be notified in February 2015.

For more information please visit:

Volunteer recruitment event - 1 - 3 pm Tuesday 21 October at Forum 28

Seal Identification workshop at South Walney Wildlife Nature Reserve

Seal Identification workshop at South Walney Wildlife Nature Reserve 10-1pm on Wednesday 29 October. 

Enjoy learning about our local seal colony on the reserve. We'll start in the classroom looking at different identifying features and then take you to the best seal spotting sites.Bring binoculars if you have them. The walk is 3km long. A tramper is available for use by individuals with mobility problems if booked 24 hours in advance of the event. Please note that refreshments are not available on the reserve.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Ring 01539 816300 or email 

Venue location

South Walney Nature Reserve
Barrow in Furness,

Grid reference SD 225 620

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Free "How to" growing guides from Thompson and Morgan

“Ever wondered how to plant garlic, when to harvest potatoes, or how to prune a Clematis? Thompson and Morgans useful ‘How To' guides cover a wide range of topics to bring you specialist advice on growing flowers, fruits and vegetables”

You can find more about planting, pruning, harvesting and much more in their ‘How To’ garden guides at:

What to do in the garden - free tips and advice

What to do in the garden, free tips and advice from:

Gardeners World at:
Royal Horticultural Society at:
Thompson and Morgan at:

Monday, 6 October 2014

Quote for the week.......

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank

Free edible flower guide from Thompson and Morgan

Many flowers such as nasturtiums are edible and can make an attractive and delicious addition to recipes.

If you are interested and would like to learn more about edible flowers, Thomas and Morgan have produced a free guide on their website at:

World Mental Health Day 2014 - Friday 10 October

This World Mental Health Day (Friday 10 October) Time for Change will be launching their new campaign that shows that it is often the little things that people do that can make a big difference to someone experiencing a mental health problem – like sending a text to a friend or having a cup of tea and chat.

For more information please visit: