GCF Events

Growing Care Farming: National, Regional and Online events

A full list of National, regional and online events can be found below (in date order):

* Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all face to face delivery is on hold until January 2021, but online events are unaffected*

(Training dates - For a list of all of our online and face to face training dates please click here )


17th December 2020 - GCF Online care farming network meeting

What: This event is a chance to see and meet other care farmers 'face to face' but remotely! The aim is to provide a forum for care farmers, prospective care farmers, the GCF team and others to support each other and to share learning and ideas.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers, commissioners - anyone involved in care farming.
When:17th December 2020,10.30am - 11.30am, via GoToMeeting
More information and booking


16th December 2020 - GCF Themed Webinar - Governance: How should I set up my care farming enterprise?

What: In this themed webinar we will address the complexities of possible governance options for care farmers (and other green care service providers). This is something that many prospective care farmers raise with us, so the webinar will highlight the importance of the right governance set up, the various options available to care farmers, and the advantages and requirements of each.The session will be led by Karen McGarrity, Development Officer for Redcar & Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency who has extensive experience advising and supporting the establishment of community groups and charitable enterprises. Karen is also a trustee of a local youth charity.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers and others from 'green care' sites
When: 16th December 2020, 2.00pm - 3.00pm, via GoToWebinar
More information and booking


19th November 2020 - GCF Online care farming network meeting

What: This event is a chance to see and meet other care farmers 'face to face' but remotely! The aim is to provide a forum for care farmers, prospective care farmers, the GCF team and others to support each other and to share learning and ideas.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers, commissioners - anyone involved in care farming.
When:19th November 2020,10.30am - 11.30am, via GoToMeeting
More information and booking


17th November 2020 - GCF Themed Webinar - Surviving the winter; activities and tips for the cold winter months

What: Although some of our members have managed to re-open this summer and autumn by making maximum use of their outdoor spaces, many are now facing questions around how they can continue to deliver their services as winter approaches. In this themed webinar we will present advice, hints and tips from experienced care farmers and community gardeners as to how to keep your service users, volunteers and staff safe, warm and engaged during this most difficult season for working outdoors.

Who: This event is designed for any organisation working in the community farming, gardening or growing sector including care farmers, prospective care farmers and others from 'green care' sites
When: 17th November 2020, 2.00pm - 3.00pm via GoToMeeting
More information and booking


4th November 2020 - GCF Online Code Q & A Session

What: This online Question and Answer session is a opportunity for anyone who has enrolled in the care farming Code of Practice application process to ask questions or for clarification , from a Code Assessor and GCF staff to enable them to complete their application form. 
Who: Members of SF&G, who are enrolled in the Code of Practice process and are either working towards the Code or have achieved it. (If you are unsure as to whether this applies to you, then you can check with Pearl on codeadmin@farmgarden.org.uk)
When: 4th November, 10.00am - 11.30am, via GoTo Meeting
More information and booking 


19th October 2020 - GCF Themed Webinar - Developing your own care farming qualifications using AQA

What: Are you looking for ways in which to provide more structure and a sense of achievement or reward for your care farm service users? In this themed webinar Lucy Thornton of Thornwood Alpacas and Care Farm will outline her experience and how she has designed and delivered her own AQA qualifications with young people on her care farm and how these have contributed to service user's feelings of achievement and wellbeing.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers and others from 'green care' sites
When: 19th October 2020, 2.00pm - 3.00pm via GoToMeeting
More information and booking


15th October 2020 - GCF Online care farming network meeting

What: This event is a chance to see and meet other care farmers 'face to face' but remotely! The aim is to provide a forum for care farmers, prospective care farmers, the GCF team and others to support each other and to share learning and ideas.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers, commissioners - anyone involved in care farming.
When:15th October 2020,10.30am - 11.30am, via GoToMeeting
More information and booking


14th October 2020 - Yorkshire and Humber Care farming Network meeting

What: This online meeting, chaired by Robin Asquith from Camphill Village Trust, is part of a regular programme of bi-annual meetings of this independent network. These meetings are an opportunity to provide peer support and develop relationships across the care farming sector in the Yorkshire & Humber region.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers and others from 'green care' sites in the Yorkshire and Humberside region
When: 14th October 2020,1.30pm - 3.00pm, via GoToMeeting
More information and booking


17th September 2020 - GCF Online Care farming network meeting 

What: This is a chance to see and meet other care farmers 'face to face' but remotely! The aim is to provide a forum for care farmers, prospective care farmers, the GCF team and others to support each other and to share learning and ideas.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers - anyone involved in care farming
When: 10.30am - 11.30 am, 17th September via GoTo Meeting  
More information and booking
Delivered by: SF&G


10th September 2020 - GCF Themed Webinar - What is Crowdfunding and how can it help our care farm?

What:  This webinar is about 'crowdfunding', designed to help you decide whether it can be used as an alternative way of raising funds and the profile of your care farm. Many organisations (including care farms and other organisations delivering green care) have experienced a loss of income due to the Covid-19 pandemic and are looking to explore alternative sources of funding such as ‘Crowdfunding.’ In this webinar, Anthony de Souza from the Crowdfunding Mastery Academy will talk us through what it is, the pros and cons of this approach and how to make it work for your organisation.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers and others from 'green care' sites
This event has already occurred, watch the video of the webinar here

Delivered by: SF&G


20th August 2020 - GCF Online Care farming network meeting 

What: This is a chance to see and meet other care farmers 'face to face' but remotely! The aim is to provide a forum for care farmers, prospective care farmers, the GCF team and others to support each other and to share learning and ideas.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers - anyone involved in care farming
When: 10.30am - 11.30 am, 20th August via GoTo Meeting  
More information and booking
Delivered by: SF&G


18th August 2020 - GCF Themed Webinar - Care Farming: A snapshot of our sector

What: In this themed webinar Dr Rachel Bragg will give an outline of how care farming has developed in the UK over recent years, and the changes the sector has seen. This will be followed by an insight into the scope, size, and key trends in our care farming sector in 2020, based on recent data from the annual care farming survey.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care famers, commissioners, interested parties or researchers - anyone involved in care farming
When: 2:00pm - 3:00pm, 18th August via GoTo Meeting
This event has already occurred, watch the video of the webinar here

Delivered by: SF&G


16th July 2020 - GCF Online Care farming network meeting 

What: This is a chance to see and meet other care farmers 'face to face' but remotely! The aim is to provide a forum for care farmers, prospective care farmers, the GCF team and others to support each other and to share learning and ideas.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers - anyone involved in care farming
When: 10.30am - 11.30 am, 16th July via GoTo Meeting  
Delivered by: SF&G


14th July 2020 - GCF Themed Webinar - Reducing COVID-19 Risks & Re-opening your care farm

What: With lockdown restrictions gradually being eased many care farms are hoping to open their doors again to service users, but it's essential that they think about how to ensure they also reduce the risks related to COVID-19. This webinar will talk through a new checklist which has been developed by the GCF team and care farming Code of Practice assessors to enable care farms to confidently review their working practices and put measures in place to reduce risks before re-opening.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers and other green care providers who are looking to reopen their doors to service users within the Covid-19 restrictions
When:
Delivered by: SF&G

This event has already occurred, watch the video of the webinar here


24th June 2020 - GCF Online Care farming network meeting 

What: This is a chance to see and meet other care farmers 'face to face' but remotely! The aim is to provide a forum for care farmers, prospective care farmers, the GCF team and others to support each other and to share learning and ideas.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers - anyone involved in care farming
When: 10.30am - 11.30 am, 24th June, via GoTo Meeting  
Delivered by: SF&G


4th June 2020 - GCF Themed Webinar - Safe and Secure - IT and Data Protection Solutions for Care Farmers

What: This back to basics webinar is for existing care farmers and those looking to deliver care farming activities in the future. It addresses the crucial issues of cybersecurity and data security when running a care farm and handling personal data, but in an accessible and jargon free way.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers and prospective care famers who to improve their IT solutions, protect themselves and their service users data and all on a limited budget.
When 2.00pm - 3.00pm 4th June, via GoToWebinar 
Delivered by: SF&G

This event has already occurred, watch the video of the webinar here 


27th May 2020 - GCF Online Care farming network meeting 

What: This is a chance to see and meet other care farmers 'face to face' but remotely! The aim is to provide a forum for care farmers, prospective care farmers and the GCF team to support each other and to share learning and ideas.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers, prospective care farmers - anyone involved in care farming
When: 10.30am - 11.30 am, 27th May, via GoTo Meeting  
Delivered by: SF&G


5th May 2020 - GCF Themed Webinar - Creative engagement on Social Media

What: This informal webinar was hosted by the GCF project where we will be joined by Lucy Thornton from Thornwood Alpacas & Care Farm and Geoff Stevens from Thornwood Alpacas & Care Farm and Geoff Stevens from Pathways Care Farm who are going to tell us about some of the social media techniques they are using to stay connected with service users and wider supporters of care farms during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers and prospective care farmers
When: 2.00 - 3.00pm , 5th May, via GoTo Webinar

Delivered by: SF&G
This event has already occurred, watch the video of the webinar here


11th February 2020 - GCF Regional event - Funding information session - Sheffield

What: Do you have little or no experience of fundraising? Do you need help and advice on finding and securing suitable funding for your care farm? This event is will provide some of the basic skills and knowledge required to access different funding sources. The GCF team and invited speakers will be on hand to provide an introduction to the variety of different sources of funding available and where to find the information.
Who: This event is designed for care farmers and prospective care farmers with limited experience of fundraising 
More information and booking
Delivered by: SF&G


26th November 2019 - GCF Yorkshire and Humberside 'Going Live' launch event - York

What: This event provided an opportunity to network, discuss existing care farming provision, highlight opportunities and pledge support to the development of the sector in the region.
Who: care farmers, commissioners, propective vare farmers, referral agencies, land managers, health, social care and education professionals - anyone interested in care farming and green care in the region
More info and booking: This event has already occurred -  information about the day and the learning can be found here 
Delivered by: SF&G 


13th May 2019 - Growing Care Farming Launch event - London

What: Launch of the Growing Care Farming Project
Who: Health, social care and education commissioners, agriculturalists, policy makers and care farmers were invited to find out what care farming can do to support their work
More info and booking: This event has already occurred -  information about the day and the learning can be found here 
Delivered by: SF&G 

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