Invitation to Scottish Communities CAN members:
There is an opportunity for you to join a visit to the Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm in Fife on March 19th.
The lead organisation is Girvan Community Garden, and the visit is funded by the Community Learning Exchange. There are up to 6 places available for the members of other SCA organisations (including Scottish Communities CAN).
The CLE will fund travel and subsistence, and accommodation if that is necessary.
The farm tour will take place on Saturday March 19th at the Pillars of Hercules organic farm shop and cafe, near the village of Falkland in Fife, from 12 midday to 4pm. The tour will focus on how a Community Garden can strive to be self sustainable as a social enterprise using the Pillars of Hercules as a business model.
- How to market and sell organic fruit and/or veg boxes
- How to plan and run events
- How to maximise income from events
- How to attract and increase visitors to our community garden through the “green tourism” theme
Please contact Amanda Cornish for further information <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Amanda Cornish, Coordinator,Community Learning Exchange
tel 0131 260 9501, mob 07843 481 790
Here’s a lovely short film about the community project at Gracemount Walled Garden.
Here’s a round-up of our project to offer mentoring to members’ projects in 2015, funded by Scottish Government.
Scottish Communities CAN’s aim for this project was to address two key challenges our members face in community engagement work:
- how to engage with a greater cross-section of their community and,
- how to deepen their engagement to ensure that interest in their activities leads to lasting behaviour change.
Nine projects were offered up to three days of mentoring support over 3-6 months. Projects had a variety of activities and purposes and came from different parts of Scotland, both rural and urban. Their behaviour change related aims focused on local food growing, home energy efficiency and sustainable travel. Projects were at varying stages and had differing levels of experience.
Harriet from Himalayan Centre writes:
Dear SCCAN members
The Himalayan Centre for Arts & Culture’s Climate Change Hub Project is keen to undertake the Community Learning Exchange so that we can meet another group exploring ways to tackle climate change, and encounter different perspectives. It would also be a brilliant opportunity for our volunteers who help deliver the project, as their development and experience is a fundamental aspect of the Climate Change Hub.
What We do:
It’s not necessary your project is similar to ours, but here’a a bit of info on what we do:
We work with groups to explore creative and meaningful ways to tackle climate change using a Common Cause
– Supporting householders through friendly Home Energy Visits with a team of trained, approachable volunteer advisers.
– Holding facilitated chats about climate change and how our sense of place may be affected by changing weather patterns.
– Creative workshops to inspire change in people’s lifestyles. These have included pinhole camera workshops, using natural products to dye materials, cooking demonstrations using food normally wasted, and being taught how to use tools and techniques to transform different grades of plastics into beautiful items.
– Developing a growing space on Leith Community Croft, with the community group Leith Community Crops in Pots.