Breaking Ground is for anyone aged 15 – 25 wanting to work hands-on, gain useful experiences, be creative or get your voice heard about the things that matter.
We have BIG plans for our shared community allotment with PXI, and with winter approaching we want to get ourselves ready for a blossoming spring and summer for 2022. We love spending time on our allotment and completed a number of building projects over the past year; pizza oven, shed from scratch and an outdoor kitchen.
Learn month by month on what jobs need to be done on the allotment (pruning, planting, dividing) and a how to plan for a more productive space (maybe goals of selling our flowers for market or growing fresh, local produce for the National Food Service?).
We also will have OPTIONAL 1:1’s with a leader to chat about your future aspirations or just a general wellbeing catch up.
month by month gardening jobs 📋
Landscaping (design and planning)
Wild-life pond building 🐸
Environmental friendly approach to growing (permaculture, no-dig)
Working collaboratively with other community groups
OPTIONAL: 1:1 chats: future aspirations and wellbeing chats
1:1’s to become Site Assistant ready (Paid role with us)
This will be a 6-month project running once a month, on a Saturday. If you join onto our other courses then you’ll have chance to keep up with jobs each week.
Dates: Saturday 16th October
Saturday 6th November
Saturday 4th December
Time: 10am – 1pm
If you are 16 and under you need to gain written consent from a responsible adult (guardian or parent) to attend these sessions. There is a section for this in the ticket sign-up.
What to look out for: Opposite Burrows Drive, there is a green pedestrian gate. There will be a foldable sign board outside ‘Brightbox’.
Bus Routes: Herries Road: Norwood Avenue / Longley Lane
18, 20, 83, 83a, 784, 785, H1
Free Parking: Burrows Drive, S5 7JQ
Access: Currently the site is not wheelchair accessible due to very uneven ground. We are working to change this.
Contacts: Elle (Organiser): 0786227 3379
Rachel (On-site): 0786227 2138
“I feel like I have learnt a lot, how to build, teamwork and responsibility”
– Age 15 (Student and Brightbox Site Assistant)
If you are feeling a bit nervous about arriving we can set you up with a friendly brightbox buddy who you can meet or chat to before the event. You can either arrive together or know you see familiar face when you get there.
If you haven’t been before and you’re just wanting to see if its right for you rather than committing to the full 6-weeks, that’s fine too! Just sign-up then let us know.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Whatsapp – 07862273379 (if you are under 17, please get a responsible adult to contact Elle)
“The allotment has been a great opportunity to do something different and get out the house as something to look forward to.”
– Age 21 (Volunteer)
Role models attending
Elle is a creative based in the lovely city of Sheffield. Elle is eager to grow, play and learn with each community. “Communities will be involved in all parts of design and delivery. Their voices will create the toolkit for co-created events and programming.”
Elle is a creative based in the lovely city of Sheffield. Working primarily as Maker-in-Residence for Brightbox, she also freelances in design and communication. She has worked and volunteered with several Sheffield-based art charities and social-enterprises. Elle is co-founder of community collective established for uniting under-represented groups in the music industry – woman, non-binary and trans folk. Joining the Brightbox team in May 2021, she is eager to grow, play and learn with each community. “Communities will be involved in all parts of design and delivery. Their voices will create the toolkit for co-created events and programming.”
She graduated from BA Product Design in Sheffield, 2018, and worked with a local young-people’s art group before relocating to Bristol to work for a Bath-based design consultancy. Here she focused on trends, foresight and consumer research. She received press-recognition for a project brief she created, Suhka, which focuses on innovating femtech and wellness to become more accessible and inclusive. Just less than year later, she moved back to Sheffield to work more closely with the community and city she loves!
You would normally find her hosting “dhal and decks” evenings every other Wednesday for aspiring DJ’s, music lovers and dancers to meet and share skills. She has been helping to continue connecting people, music and culture together during lockdown through an online series of DIY tutorials, talks and discussions. Other hobbies include cycling, quad roller-skating, gardening or down a rabbit hole discovering new music.
I’m an education student who is interested in empowerment through information and confidence. I want people and communities to share their value and knowledge to shape spaces, places and groups.