This week we’re featuring a creative litter picking project, a food growing enterprise focusing on schools, a fantastic homeless shelter and a pay as you feel surplus food cafe!
Learning Through Landscapes, Southampton
Learning Through Landscapes is a charity that motivates schools to engaging with food growing as an entrepreneurial venture and helps food curriculum by supporting them to prepare and cook food grown on the premises. They demonstrate the importance and efficacy of inter-generational community support for food growing in schools and highlight the need to source fresh food and cook wholesome meals at a low cost.
What's needed? Fresh fruit and vegetables plants and timber for raised beds.
The Bristol Skipchen, Bristol
Skipchen is a pay as you feel cafe and a positive creative space for customers, volunteers and supporters in the community. They highlight the extent of edible food waste by intercepting edible food that would otherwise end up being devalued as waste and distributed as part of healthy meals through the cafe or distributed through their food boutique. Food is intercepted from various partners within a 20 mile radius and include supermarkets, farm shops, restaurants, organic wholesalers and more. In 6 months, they have saved 10 tons of edible produce going to waste.
What's needed? Funds for wages, a refrigerated van and new venue.
C4WS Homeless Project, London Borough of Camden
A fantastic project offering 5 months of homeless shelter in winter months at 13 different locations in Camden running on approximately 700 volunteers! As well as offering a place to sleep, they also provide hot meals and companionship along with a whole host of other services. They work with each and every individual to structure a move-on plan, which has resulted in a successful 95% of them getting into housing. They also offer holistic therapy, and support with mental and physical health, training, education, literacy, immigration, isolation and more! On top of the many voluntary services they already provide, they run a Jobs Club to help people into employment, a mentoring and befriending scheme, weekly English classes and friendly drop in services!
What's needed? Funding, mentors and voluntary cooks.
LitterARTI - City Wide Litter Pick, Bristol
This summer on 24th June, Bristol based project LitterARTI are celebrating a no plastic day and encouraging to people to reconsider the use single use plastics. Their aim is to change the perception of litter, that something small and seemingly insignificant is having a huge negative impact on the wildlife around us. As part of their celebration, they are organising a city wide litter pick. They create litter based art, sculptures and performances. A clean up with creativity!
What's needed? Funds for litter pickers, artists and site licensing, volunteers and website creation.
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