SF&G have launched a series of online webinars designed to help members tackle the huge challenges arising from this crisis and to share best practice and inspiration from around the country.
Themes are based on what members told us were the pressing issues through our Members COVID -19 survey. All Webinars are free and open to all.
Tuesday 18th August - Working with vulnerable volunteers
Hear about how Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens (Nottingham) and Martineau Gardens (Birmingham) are welcoming back vulnerable volunteers into their spaces and the processes they’ve put in place to keep people safe.
Wednesday 26th August - Welcoming diversity in community farms and gardens
Monica Tyler, CEO of Vauxhall City Farm, will chair a discussion on encouraging diversity and particularly enabling people from minority groups to be involved in decision making processes in environmental organisations.
Our Growing Community Swansea - a council produced resource shared by a webinar attendee which helps communities in Swansea explore more ways and new places to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Tuesday 9th June - PLANT PACKS AND POTS – SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES TO GROW AT HOME DURING COVID-19
Wednesday 10th June - LAND ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY GROWERS AND AGRICULTURAL SOCIAL ENTERPRISES NOW AND BEYOND COVID-19
Thursday 2nd July - RISK MANAGEMENT, INSURANCE AND LIABILITY DURING COVID-19
Friday 3rd July - THINKING ABOUT REOPENING
Tuesday 4th August - FOOD BANK PARTNERSHIPS
Background to these webinars
Over the past few weeks our COVID-19 member impact survey has already collected a huge number of responses from our members across Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. The responses received so far indicate that across the country members have been profoundly impacted by the lockdown and social distancing requirements, but in many cases have also adapted and innovated rapidly in order to maintain farms, gardens and growing spaces and also to support the most vulnerable people in their communities. The survey will continue to stay open over the next few months.
The findings of the survey showed that most pressing support needs identified across the membership are assistance in finding funding, advice on working and growing under social distancing measures, planning for the future and tips on working with others in the community. Our webinars will focus across these key themes to support our members as much as possible over the coming months.