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Edinburgh Garden Partners

Community Fund Focus: Edinburgh Garden Partners

May’s Community Fund focus was on Edinburgh Garden Partners – a charity that focuses on tidy up and redesigning projects for the elderly and those unable to maintain their gardens. As well as this they have a garden sharing scheme which matches people who want to garden with people who have space to share, often older and disabled people.

Our Community Fund team’s project focused on the former, heading to the south of Edinburgh to help an avid gardener restore her garden to how it was when she was able. Our Vegware team of eight volunteers headed down early in the morning keen to get to work. With limited gardening experience among us, the Edinburgh Garden Partners volunteers were great in spearheading the owner’s vision.

Edinburgh Garden Partners

With the garden having three tiers to it there was plenty of work to be getting on with. From weeding to creating a compost heap, along with the Edinburgh Garden partners team, we worked for around five hours in the sunshine working on an array of tasks. Some of the more creative members of our team even tried their hand at bush sculpting, shaping a perfect egg.

At the end of a hard day, our work was done. We learnt some great gardening skills and gave the garden a good platform for further development. Edinburgh Garden Partners do a lot of great work in the community and hopefully our story has inspired you to get involved. If you would like to volunteer, details on how to register your interest can be found on their website.

Edinburgh Garden Partners

Vegware celebrates Responsible Business Week with Community Fund film!

Vegware is marking Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Week 2016with a new film on the Vegware Community Fund. The 90-second film meets recipients and explores how the Community Fund supports sustainability non-profits with regular grants or eco packaging donations. During Responsible Business Week 2016 (April 18-22nd), @vegware will also showcase a different Community Fund recipient every day on Twitter.

The Vegware Community Fund supports sustainability in its widest sense, including the built and natural environment, and community projects. The Fund offers monthly grants and monthly or one-off donations of Vegware’s eco catering disposables for fundraising events.

The Community Fund covers hard-to-find core funding. It currently supports 20 projects across the UK and overseas, from ecological conservation in the Amazon to healthy-eating cookery drop-ins in Edinburgh to organic community farming in South Wales. The Fund was re-launched in 2015, winning the FPA’s Corporate Social Responsibility award and growing from 9 recipients to the 20 it supports today.

Business in the Community is the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. It offers practical ways for businesses to work together and take action to help tackle some of the key issues facing society. Responsible Business Week is the awareness week for responsible business, and offers an opportunity for businesses and organisations of all sorts to demonstrate the many ways that they can work together to turn ambition into positive action for a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

More information on how to apply to the fund can be found here.

Community Fund Skillshare evening!

Community Fund InviteOn 9th March we will be hosting a skillshare evening in the Secret Garden at our office in Edinburgh as part of the “pass it on week” in association with Recycle for Scotland. This is Scotland’s annual week to encourage keeping things in use for as long as possible by passing on, swapping, sharing or donating things you no longer use. We thought this would be the perfect opportunity for many of our recipients and those connected to Vegware to get together, meet each other, and share any skills they may have.  This could be anything from gardening tips to brewing your own beer so don’t hold back! Saying that, please do not feel under pressure to have to bring a skill to share as we would still love you to come along and enjoy the evening with a chance to network and learn more about us and the people we support!

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Community Fund Relaunch

We are celebrating the re-launch of the Community Fund on August 26th with an afternoon event in Edinburgh’s Harrison Park.  We’ve planned a range of family-friendly activities, including a wild food walk, face painting and environmental games. There will also be a canal boat docked nearby offering free refreshments.

The Community Fund supports sustainability in its broadest sense, offering regular funding or product donations to charities and not-for-profit organisations from Ayrshire to the Amazon. The re-launch party celebrates an increase in the fund’s capacity to support organisations, a new blog and our adoption of the stretch of the Union Canal that passes our Edinburgh HQ!

This event will be attended by a mix of local businesses, community fund recipients, and representatives of the environmental sector. If you’d like to come along, or just want some more information on the Community Fund and the event, check the Vegware website, say hi on facebook or Twitter, or send us an email at community.fund@vegware.co.uk.

Vegware community fund wins CSR award!

We are delighted to have bagged ourselves a Corporate Social Responsibility award from the FPA last night! The recognition is for our community fund, which supports sustainability in the wider community by giving monthly grants to grassroots non-profit groups and charities. Find out more here, and check out the gallery to see some of the great projects we support in action!