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Started by Growing Support Feb 7. 0 Replies

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!

Started by Growing Support Aug 17, 2017. 0 Replies

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

Projects in Schools

Why work with schools and young people?

http://www.easier.com/uploads/cache/thumbs/0/7/3/782/400x400/42553/wincanton-school-garden.jpgPat Thomas, author of Stuffed, writes why we need to work with children and young people, "For most of us, the quest to create a sustainable future is linked to a desire to make the world a better place for our children. It makes sense, then, to look at sustainability in terms of longevity. This is where schools come in. Only by engaging the next generation in the issues we face and the solutions to them we create a future that is truly sustainable".

Different local food projects with schools & young people

There is a huge range of creative work that can be undertaken with schools and young people, in and out of formal education. Below are a few options with links to resources to get any of these ideas off the ground in Somerset.

  • Practical education initiatives, such as cooking & growing clubs.
  • Schools can participate in the Food for Life partnership, an awards scheme that provides a framework and guidance for schools on how to link school meals with growing, cooking, farm visits and community engagement. Dedicated teams also offer hands on support to school staff who are creating school gardens, caterers working to improve school meals, and farmers who want to host educational visits. For more information visit: www.foodforlife.org.uk
  • Starting a school garden is a great way to get young people engaged, dirt under the fingernails is definitely the best way to connect with food.

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