San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Woodlands Community Garden are launching a new project to tackle food poverty by establishing local food social support hubs.
These hubs will:
- provide free and healthy food in a supportive environment
- host free cookery classes to enable people to learn about cooking healthy food on limited budgets.
- use food as a tool to bringing people and support organisations together.
- encourage peer to peer support through the making of social links and volunteer opportunities.take place at a range of venues across the community.
In addition we will:
- provide training and advice to organisations, community groups and individuals who are interested in creating new growing spaces that will enable people experiencing hardship to grow their own food.
- produce and distribute information resources to publicise our work and highlight support services
- extend our volunteering opportunities at our community garden to enable people experiencing hardship to reduce their social isolation and build more links within the community.
This new project will be delivered in partnership with a range of local and community organisations. Initial partners include GCVS Albany Centre, Flourish House and West End ACTS.
Join us at our launch event to find out more.
4-5pm Speakers and Presentation
5-6pm Networking and Refreshments
Our local food and social support hub project is funded by the Big Lottery Support and Connect.
When & Where
Woodlands Community Cafe
Woodlands Community Development Trust is a small local charity, whose work is having a big impact. Our Community Garden supports over 50 families to grow their own food and our volunteer training programmes have helped people learn new skills, reduce their isolation and further develop the garden as a therapeutic space. Our Community Café’s inclusive approach has enabled people from diverse backgrounds to work together collaboratively and enabled us to restore a sense of community and solidarity. Woodlands Community Garden has grown more than just food, it has grown a community. It is a vibrant outdoor community centre – a wonderfully therapeutic space that helps people to recover from the stresses and strains of every day life. Linked to the garden, our community café serves up more than just food. Pioneering an alternative approach to food banks that centres around a shared meal, we have reduced the stigma of accessing food aid and this year served up over 3600 healthy meals. The food at the café is shared and in that sharing everyone is made to feel equal.