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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?

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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

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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

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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

Could you be a host farm for the Soil Association Future Growers scheme?

About the scheme:

The scheme is designed to develop new skilled growers through a combination of on-site learning on a host farm with mentoring, further training and resources provided by the Soil Association. We have over 500 potential trainees and apprentices keen to find a placement and are now taking applications from farms to host a trainee or apprentice in 2014.

Our current hosts tell us they benefit from committed and passionate staff, bringing fresh ideas and energy, who have the potential to become valuable long term team members.

Both schemes involve a work placement (paid by you according to national minimum wage standards) and mentoring with further training and resources provided by the Soil Association. This table shows what is expected of host farms.


Future Growers



Length of paid employment

6 months minimum

2 years


2 hours a month

4 hours a month

Guide to being a host farm
– the attached guide has all the information you need to find out being a host farm.

Apply now to be a host farm with this link to the application form.

Deadline We recommend that you get your application to us as soon as possible, for our spring 2014 intake.

Find out more:

Some of our hosts are happy to talk to you about their experiences:

·         Hilary Chester-Master, Abbey Home Farm t: 01285 640 441 e:

·         Nathan Richards, Troed y Rhiw Farm t: 01545 560 475 e:

·         Pete Richardson, Coleshill Organics (past host) t: 07821 403 739 e:

Please do not hesitate to give me John Rose ring on 0117 914 2442 or email if you are interested in participating in the scheme.

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