Creating a buzz in Ipswich and Suffolk
ActivLives is a small charity working with people of all ages experiencing multiple disadvantages in Ipswich and rural Suffolk.
They provide services that engage, support and empower people to improve their health and well-being, volunteer and learn skills, and build their community.
Through a grant from Postcode Local Trust their ‘Bee Amazed’ project has sustained an ambitious community beekeeping and nature conservation project. Volunteering and learning activities showed local people how they could contribute to the health of local bee populations and nature. Learning was also implemented in their gardens, schools, streets and green spaces. ‘Bee Amazed’ goes a long way to develop important skills and confidence, while promoting a strong sense of citizenship and local pride.
During lockdown the hive was maintained by the dedicated volunteer beekeeping team and as restrictions ease, ActivLives will continue to involve volunteers and young people. More recently they have been able to invite people to observe hive inspections from the safety of a viewing hide.