Looking for a Plot

Started by Ray and Darren Marshall-Sewell. Last reply by Ray and Darren Marshall-Sewell Feb 7. 2 Replies

Good Evening All.We have been refused a local allotment is Wells (Wookey Hole).We are keen to find a plot somewhere that we can use to grow food etc. Happy for it to be a share etc.Can anyone help…Continue

Connect with your community

Started by Alive Feb 7, 2018. 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

Tags: #givingback, #gardening, #volunteer

Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

Started by Alive 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 Alive 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

Film nights & public meetings

Why Film Nights & Public Meetings?

Film nights are a fantastic way to raise awareness. They can bring people together, inspire and motivate, and bring sometimes abstract issues into an empathetic reality. 

Likewise, public meetings are opportunities to get people in the same room that may care about the same things, and through meeting others be inspired to act.

Organising Film Nights & Public Meetings

If you haven't organised an event before, we would highly recommend looking through our guidance notes on this, to make sure its the most effective use of your energy.

In terms of public meetings, it is very important to have a focus and a clear aim. Why do you want all these people in a room together? Who are you hoping will turn up? What will be the next steps after the meeting? What are you hoping the outcomes will be?

Many venues will let you use their space for free, if people attending are buying drinks for example. A number of community organisations will also have projectors and screens available to hire, if there is not one in the venue where you are going to be.

Some films require a license fee to be able to show it. Its worth looking up the film and seeing what the legalities are. Some of the more radical films will be very supportive of you organising a film showing and may even have some leaflets and materials available to support you. We would always recommend getting a hardcopy of any DVD you're showing in case of internet troubles!

Films to Show

We have tried to collate some of the most popular, hard-hitting documentaries about the food system, as well as some practical titles, that could be useful for grassroots groups organising films nights.

Organising Effective Public Meetings: A Case Study - Access to Land Roadshow

Somerset is a vast rural county and with 1.5 staff, engaging with people across all 5 districts was a challenge during the Somerset Land and Food Project. The roadshow was designed therefore to go to where the people are and go beyond generalist marketing. Working district-by-district on a month-by-month basis from January to May 2012 our roadshow enabled Somerset Community Food to:

  • To launch very targeted grassroots marketing in one district at a time, including local papers, parish bulletins, radio and more as well as poster campaigns in towns & villages and targeted invitations
  • The results of the completed allotment survey for that particular district were presented, giving a clear, evidenced picture of demand for land.
  • Each evening hosted main
speakers Linda Hull and Allan Cavill, from the National Society of
 Allotment and Leisure Gardens, as well as a panel of people who had been there and done it - local groups who had started allotments, community gardens and more. This enabled an exchange of information, inspiration and advice. A panel style question & answer session supported this skill sharing.
  • Information stands with fact sheets & resources complimented the evenings.
  • Post event press-coverage also meant more opportunities for landowners & seekers to become engaged.


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