Volunteer Vavoom (Scotland)

Are you looking to grow and sustain our volunteer base in our community garden setting? Does your group sometimes struggle with the balance and the needs of your volunteer base with the workload of running a productive garden? Is it hard to get volunteers to support the management of your community garden? If so, this event is for you.

Hosted by Social Farms & Gardens in partnership with Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden (PWCG), this 'Community Learning Exchange' will case study good practice volunteer support and development.

On the day we'll consider:


New for 2019 - Growing a Healthy Garden with Dobies (England wide)

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Dobies who, as well as offering discounts on their products for our members, are sponsoring a year’s worth of vital training for members of Social Farms & Gardens. This training will support members to grow a healthy community garden and a healthy organisation and events will be held across England.


How to Run Focus Groups (London)

Bespoke professional training on focus group facilitation for London city farm and community garden staff delivered by Impact Consultancy.



Starting From Scratch - How Sufra’s food bank and a community garden support each other (London)

Join other London community gardeners and farmers to discover how Sufra NW London are developing their Community Garden (St Raphael’s Edible Garden) with their Food Bank operation. Hear from those involved in this unique project.

When: Tuesday 15th January 2019, 09:30 am to 04:00 pm

Where: Sufra NW London, 160 Pitfield Way, Stonebridge, London, NW10 0PW

Led by: Jim Sheeran, St Raphael Community Garden

We will:


CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits) Training Dates 2018

The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme has dates for training events in 2018. A nationally recognised accreditation, the scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.

Training is coordinated and delivered by the Access to Farms partnership, and accredited by Credit4Learning, part of the Open College Network (OCN). Two-day training events continue in various venues across England. There are also distance learning options.