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Older people living in care are twice as likely to experience loneliness as those in the community.We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in helping others to gardening, to support…Continue

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Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

Started by Growing Support Nov 29, 2017. 0 Replies

Growing Support are looking for friendly volunteers with interests in gardening and supporting people, to help older people and people with dementia take part in gardening activities.  You will…Continue

Join our volunteers!

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We're looking for friendly volunteers to join our team working hard to enable people with dementia to stay physically and socially active.Join us and make a valuable contribution to your community,…Continue

Using Gardening to Address Social Isolation

Started by Growing Support May 3, 2017. 0 Replies

How You Can Help Tackle Social Isolation in Your CommunityRecent research shows up to 50% of older people living in care never go outside and they are twice as likely to experience severe loneliness…Continue

Local Food Enterprises

Why start an enterprise?

In communities all over the world there is an increasing desire to take more control over enterprises that meet community needs in an ethical and cooperative way.

For many reasons, community groups may decide to scale up their projects and create organisations and businesses that consider trading to support them achieve their aims.

In the local food arena, there has been a huge growth in the number of these enterprises. Examples can include community owned and run shops, bakeries, cafes, farms and other food services, such as acting as a contractor for schools and hospitals.

Support Available

The resources and advice needed to make an enterprise happen are beyond the scope of this handbook, however, there is a huge wealth of information and people available that can support you on your journey:

National Support Organisations

  • Making Local Food Work
  • Business Link - Self help web portal for start up and existing businesses
  • Plunkett Foundation - supporting rural cooperative and community enterprise. Offer particular support for community owned shops and pubs
  • Radical Routes - A network of radical housing cooperatives, worker cooperatives and social centres

Specific Local Food Enterprise Support Links & Organisations

  • Country Markets - Membership-based cooperative social enterprise that enables individual members to sell their home-made, home-grown and hand-crafted produce direct to the general public.
  • F3 - Research, training and consultancy for the local food sector
  • FARMA - The National Farmers' Retail and Markets Association; represents farmers, growers, producers and farmers' market organisers throughout the UK

You may also like to see the resources on our funding and finances pages.

Downloads & Further Resources

Co-operatives UK produced a suite of guides all available to download which have a huge amount of useful information:

  • Business balls - free business and organisational development tools & resources

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