Creative, Leisure, Outdoor & Volunteering Opportunities in the Ross-on-Wye area

CLOVER is a brand new project which aims to creative new ways for people in HR9 to access activities to improve their well-being.  Our first programme of courses is now taking bookings!  We will have fuller and even more exciting programmes for the autumn of 2021 and spring 2022.

These courses and activities are FREE for anyone with an HR9 postcode.  If you need help to attend, because of caring responsibilities or lack of transport, just let us know when you book and our volunteers will do what they can to help.

Come and find out more about CLOVER!

We are having an information day on Thursday 20th May in Ross. We will be demonstrating some of the courses below, including Nordic Walking and Willow Weaving. Come along to Ross Market House between 10.00 and 3.00 to find out more! And let us know what activities you would like to see in the Autumn Clover Programme by completing our survey.

Wellbeing in Nature: Spring into Summer

Starts 25th May and organised by our partners Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.  There are 10 weekly sessions on Tuesdays, usually from 11.00 to 12.00.  Early sessions of the course will be online, but it is hoped the group will be able to meet outdoors for longer sessions twice at the end of July.

Exploring the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and Nature Connectedness, we will look at ways that Nature can help you to feel better, suggest wildlife you can look out for on your walks or through your window, plus a bit of nature identification and an introduction to mindfulness. 

There will be chance for the group to share ideas and you will receive a small package in between sessions with suggestions on how to continue the themes. To find out more, download the course leaflet.

Adult Literacy

Ross Adult Literacy Group

Reading, spelling, language and maths are important life skills.  Many adults have difficulties in these areas and so face challenges in their everyday life, in their work and as parents.  The volunteer tutors at Ross Adult Literacy Group can help people to improve their skills by providing free flexible one-to-one teaching, usually in the learner’s home.  This support is available to any adult, whether English is their first language or an additional language.

Contact by phoning 01989 565338 or email

The Friday Lunch Club

We meet every Friday 12-2pm at The Larruperz Centre for a family feel social lunch, fun, companionship and friendship. Would you like to join us too? Suitable for 75+ and open to all.

Call Sarah 01989 720627/ 07814 624417 or Rosemary 01981 540477 to book a 2 course meal with refreshments (£7) and transport to and from the venue.

Booking in advance essential please.

Why not give our group a try? Do you know of someone who might enjoy this – please call us!


Starting back on Friday 2nd July 2021!

Mindfulness Weaving – An Introduction

Starts 11th June and organised by our partners Ignite CIC. There will be 6 weekly sessions from 10.30 to 12.30, including a trip to Wobage Farm Craft Workshops. There will also be the opportunity to help with the willow harvest at Wobage in November or December.

Learn to weave with local craftsman Clyde Hoare from Wild Wicker.

By its very nature, the attention required for the basket making process – which embodies a physical, sensual and active focus – supports weavers to be present and mindful.

This course will allow you to develop a variation of weaving techniques and create functional forms which might include obelisks, platters and foraging baskets.

Your mind and body will be activated through the creative process, utilising spatial, rhythmic, memory, sensory, emotional, intuitive and communicative skills.

This creative, repetitive and meditative activity is a great way to help improve mood, whilst creating a bespoke and beautiful piece of art for your home.

Weather dependent these sessions will take place outdoors.

Willow, from Clyde’s own plantation, will be provided.

If you find difficulty using your hands, please get in touch to have a conversation, something as simple as soaking the willow for longer may enable you to take part.

This course includes a trip to Wobage Farm Craft Workshop to visit the studios, gallery and willow plantation. Please note the plantation itself is not wheelchair accessible, Ross Community Gardens are however, the area where the weaving is done and where the willow is growing is pretty flat but accessible via a grass path. In wet weather grass paths can be a little slippery. There will also be the opportunity to help with the willow harvest at Wobage in November or December, where a number of more and less demanding tasks will be available.

Read more about Mindfulness Weaving . . .

We can provide support to help carers or those without their own transport to attend!

This course will be based at Ross Community Garden in Old Gloucester Road, HR9 5AA.

Learn to Nordic Walk – Beginners

Learn the 10-step technique of Nordic Walking using specialist poles provided.

Starts 7th June and organised by our partners Ignite CIC. There will be 6 initial sessions on Mondays between 11 and 12 to introduce you to the Nordic walking technique. After a break on 19th July, there will be a further 5 led walks, from 11.00 to 12.00 (but 1.15 to 2.15 on 16th and 19th August). Final session 23rd August.

In open space you’ll learn the 10-step technique of Nordic Walking with local, qualified instructor Amanda Lewis before applying your skills over a series of Led-Nordic-Walks, whilst exploring the beautiful public pathways and open spaces around Ross-on-Wye.

Specialist poles will be provided. Please dress prepared for the weather with sturdy footwear or trainers.

What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles (not to be confused with trekking poles) to propel your body in a forward motion. It is an enhanced walking technique that uses the whole body and gives you a highly effective workout. Nordic Walking is a fun and a great social activity.

How will Nordic Walking benefit your body?

Nordic Walking combines the simplicity of walking with core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. This gives you a full body workout, which means that you can:

  • Burn around 20% more calories compared to walking without poles.
  • Release tension in your neck and shoulders.
  • Improve your posture and gait.
  • Strengthen your back and abdominal muscles.
  • Reduce the impact on your joints.

And because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work you’ll be happy to walk further and for longer.

Well utilised as a social prescribed activity, plentiful research is available from British Nordic Walking on the benefits for improving mental health, isolation and long-term health conditions.

Is Nordic Walking for you?

If you can walk you can Nordic Walk! It really is for everyone. The poles mean that effort is shared between the upper and lower body so it actually feels easier than normal walking, particularly uphill. Nordic Walking puts less strain on joints than other activities and can be very effective for people with mobility issues or those recovering from illness or injury. It’s also great exercise for toning problem areas such as the upper arms and abdominal muscles.

  • It’s an ideal activity if you haven’t exercised for a while or dislike traditional sports or gym activities.
  • It is helpful if you have had an injury as the poles can support and guide you while you work to improve fitness as part of your rehabilitation.
  • It is great for athletes for cross training.
  • It provides community groups with a sociable way to keep fit.
  • And it’s fantastic if you’d like to shed a few pounds.

Whatever your age, from 8 to 80+, you’ll enjoy discovering the benefits of Nordic Walking that improve your quality of life.

Read more about Nordic Walking . . .

We can provide support to help carers or those without their own transport to attend!

The CLOVER partnership

Clover is a partnership between Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust, Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Herefordshire Social Prescribing Team, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, ignite CIC and Rural Media.

The Thriving Communities Fund

The CLOVER project has been made possible by funding from the Thriving Communities Fund from the National Academy for Social Prescribing, Arts Council England, Historic England, Money & Pensions Service, Natural England, NHS Charities Together, NHS England and NHS Improvement, and Sport England.