We really like working with other organisations to support our movement and we have been involved in a number of partnerships and joint projects over the years.
Working this way helps us extend our influence further than would be possible by working on its own. It enables us to create some great benefits for our members as well as raising the profile around issues such as sustainability, healthy eating, education, social enterprise and neighbourhood regeneration.
Catch up on our latest partnerships and projects the initiatives below:
A partnership initiative aiming to help community growing groups to thrive financially by finding alternatives to grant funding. Growing Together (supported by the Big Lottery) will develop and promote bright ideas so groups can have a balanced, sustainable income.
More at: www.growingtogether.community
Community Land Advisory Service
The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) tackles the lack of available land for community gardening and associated activities by working with both landowners and community groups.
CLAS provides direct advice from expert advisers located in England, Scotland and Wales. There is also a comprehensive portfolio of information resources – many of them created specially by CLAS - via its website, covering topics such as finding land, information for landowners, planning, negotiating tips and information on leases.
More at: www.communitylandadvice.org.uk
Green Flag: Community Green Space Awards
We are a partner in the Green Flag Awards Scheme, working with Keep Britain Tidy, and its respective organisations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
FCFCG is developing the Green Flag Community Award, starting with the Community Green Space Awards Project in Greater Manchester, where Community gardeners and the social housing sector have the opportunity to get support and training to developing thriving community gardens. The aim is to help local growing groups access tools, training and visits to successful sites. This will help build the group's capacity and confidence of participating communities in managing their own green spaces.
Gardeniser is a unique, skills-sharing project to develop and promote garden facilitator training, to help in the development of community gardens in Europe. Funded by the European Union, the project builds on a previous programme on urban gardening called Otesha. Collaboration started in November 2013.
More at: http://gardeniser.eu
Care Farming UK
Care Farming UK wants to provide a voice and supportive services for care farming (which is the use of farms for therapy). Its aim is inspire decision makers and to help develop policies and actions that will support UK care farming. Its vision is to see thriving farms and landscapes providing social, educational, therapeutic and development opportunities.
More at: www.carefarminguk.org
School Farms Network
There are now more than 110 School Farms in the UK. FCFCG helped set up and co-ordinates the School Farms Network, which offers support and assistance to school farms, co-ordinates meetings and facilitates the exchange of ideas and information, including peer teacher support. In addition, an e-newsletter is regularly despatched to members to keep them up to date and this webpage is updated with useful information including contact details.
More at: www.schoolfarms.org.uk
Access To Farms/CEVAS
Access To Farms is a partnership of organisations including FCFCG that promotes quality educational visits to farms. A training scheme called Countryside Visits Educational Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS). CEVAS 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).