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Greener Leith is an Edinburgh-based non-profit group dedicated to making Leith greener in every sense. They are using contribution from the Vegware Community Fund to employ a sessional worker to support green fingered volunteers grow more food in local community garden project.
The Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens is a project to transform several acres of land at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital into gardens where local residents, community groups and patients can grow together.
Rhubarb Farm is an environmental and social enterprise, based in North East Derbyshire, aiming to provide a service to people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, ex service personnel and the unemployed. Theraputic organic horticulture is used to improve health and well being.
Cilgwyn Community Group is a collective of of 40 + households in Cilgwyn village, near Newport, Pembrokeshire. They grow food, encourage and install renewable energy, share renewable electricity and use a local currency to trade. The Vegware grant supports the two hardy cyclists who distribute local produce twice a week, come rain or shine.
Broomhouse Health Strategy Group is a charity promoting healthy lifestyles in South West Edinburgh. A volunteer-run daily fruit and veg co-op shop ensures Broomhouse residents have access to good quality, low cost healthy produce. Volunteers even walk the veg to your door if have mobility issues. The centre also provides health drop-ins, walking clubs as well as healthy eating leaflets and delicious seasonal recipes.
Batley Girls’ High School is an 11-19 school set in an urban area of West Yorkshire. Unusually, it has a working farm with chickens, goats, guinea fowl, ducks, bees and quails that is tended by students and a Modern Apprentice. As a Flagship School for the Food For Life Partnership it lives up to the ‘Grow it, Cook it, Eat it’ mission. Fruit, vegetables, eggs, milk and honey all go back into the school kitchen or are used in lessons for cooking. The school intends to open up a Farm Shop that will sell organic, home grown produce to the community in September 2012.
Flor de la Amazonia Group is a UK charity which aims to rescue, rehabilitate and eventually release endangered animals. FFDLA has just completed the purchase of 37.5 hectares of rainforest in the Amazonas area of Ecuador and is now developing a new Wildlife Conservation Centre. The Centre plans to use sustainable materials with alternative energy sources and environmentally sensitive constructions, providing support the animals need for their future survival.
Feed the Community is based in Yorkshire and uses a permaculture based response to poverty. It primarily works to train and therefore empower vulnerable people to escape welfare and poverty traps with a view to them being able to gain employment afterwards. It is also takes a holistic approach to provide physiological wellbeing as well as opportunities for financial independence.
Lower Kersal Young People’s Group do great work providing activities for young people in the deprived area of East Salford. The grant money we are giving them is being used to fund a part time worker on their allotment who maintains the plot as well as mentoring young volunteers and members of the public. Food produced in the allotment is used for healthy cooking projects and gifted to community members in need.
Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture (COCA) is a community co-operative in Pembrokshire where members grow and share organic food in partnership with local organic farmers at Caerhys Farm. Our grant here is used towards core running costs of the farm so that they can provide the community with good local produce at an affordable price and allow them to work towards financial independence.
Meesden Village Committee are based in a small village in Hertfordshire and look after the upkeep of the village hall while organising events for the local community to come together. They also maintain a small plot of land where they grow vegetables for local residents as there are no shops within a 4 mile radius of the village and many older people can feel isolated.
Edinburgh Garden Partners is a charity established to develop garden sharing in Edinburgh. They match garden owners who are unable to manage or enjoy their gardens, with local volunteer gardeners who want space to grow their own food and have no garden or allotment. Produce is shared between the garden partners.is a charity established to develop garden sharing in Edinburgh.
Scottish Waterways Trust has the vision “our canals create brighter futures for people, wildlife and places”. They work to connect people with the heritage, wildlife and green open spaces of the Scottish canals through their projects, they inspire people to get active, improve their health and mental well-being, employment prospects and community life.
Garden Gate provide horticultural therapy, arts and crafts and green wood working in a safe environment for people with mental health and learning difficulties. They have volunteers, involvement of special school and the local community. They use gardening methods that are organic and sustainable.
Rowanbank is a not-for-profit environmental education organisation that specialises in providing innovative out-door events, workshops and educational materials that introduce children, and their carers and teachers, to the magic of nature. They use theatre, circus, story-telling, music and art as tools to engage and inspire.
LoveBread CIC is a social enterprise committed to bringing the benefits of real bread to our community. They work with an amazing team of volunteers, aged 14 – 73, who do everything from shaping 400 rolls a day to driving our van. Recently they have expanded to create a full-time community kitchen where they teach adults, children, schools and community groups to bake bread. LoveBread is developing links with other local food producers to make this a resource for small and start-up businesses.
Stroke Action Croydon is a life after stroke social support club for stroke survivors, their carers and family members to come together and socialise, through regular excercise, art, craft, events and trips.
Leaven Deli is part of Peebles CAN, a not-for-profit community based organisation committed to building sustainable resilient communities. Their objective is to design and deliver sustainable community actions that build local capacity, skills, training and whole-life opportunities
RoWan (Rossshire Waste Action Network), formed 2001, works wih communities,often rural and isolated, in Highland, on waste awareness and waste prevention activities. We encourage and support householders, schools, agencies and businesses to reduce the amount of waste created and sent to landfill.
School Food Matters is on a mission to ensure that every child enjoys fresh sustainable food at school and understands where their food comes from. We work with parents, children and schools to improve school meals and support food education through cooking, growing and visits to farms.
Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association is a charity working in Glasgow to provide better outcomes for older adults through day care, welfare advise and clubs. The charity has been supporting the elderly for almost 70 years and adds life through its services.
Just Cycle recycle and re-use bikes that would otherwise have been thrown out. Unused bikes are recovered from a range of sources, transported to our base and then recycled. We make use of the many bikes left in people’s sheds and garages and encourage people of all ages to cycle.
Be Enriched deliver weekly therapeutic play and storytelling for families with children who have high communication needs and other disabilities in Glasgow. They also cook and facilitate 3rd spaces, using surplus food and volunteers to bring the community together in disadvantaged communities in South London.
Grass Roots Remedies was set up in 2011 as a local social enterprise spreading knowledge about wild food and medicines through high quality herbal consultations and educational workshops. We believe in putting people before profit, and so aim to operate differently to a lot of other businesses.
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