- We design and deliver innovative training programmes which empower and enable communities to thrive and grow.
- We provide practical support and training UK wide to thousands of grass roots organisations and groups.
- We have been delivering quality training to our members for over 40 years and are currently undergoing assessment to become accredited training providers with the British Accreditation Council.
We have developed a variety of training packages designed for our members. Some of our training courses are delivered as part of wider programmes.
Our current training offers
You can find more information below about our current training offers or go direct to our Events listings to view all upcoming events.
You can also find useful templates, toolkits, video case studies and other guidance to support your organisation in our Resources section.
- Monthly webinars for SF&G Members - Tackling a whole range of subjects, allowing our members to share experiences and the amazing work they are doing up and down the country.
- Care farming training - Specialised training opportunities on varied topics
- Growing Teachers - Helping you to help your school grow
- Gardeniser Pro - A training programme for key coordinators in community focused farms and gardens. Gardeniser Pro uses the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET).
- CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme) - A nationally recognised accreditation scheme offering training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.
- Country specific or regional online training and networking meetings
- Webinars on Covid-19 issues
Monthly webinars for SF&G members
At the outset of the pandemic we started running regular webinars to help our members navigate the rapidly changing landscape brought about by COVID-19. These proved incredibly popular and we loved the increased sense of solidarity and community that the webinars brought to our network - so we decided to continue them, adding a free monthly webinar to the package of benefits that Social Farms & Gardens members can access with their free membership.
We tackle a range of subjects relevant to our members, allowing our members to share experiences and the amazing work they are doing up and down the country.
- Find details of all upcoming webinars here
- Not a member? Sign up for free here
- View recordings of previous webinars here
Care farming training
Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices, and as part of our 3 year 'Growing Care Farming' project, we are offering a range of specialised training opportunities on varied topics. This training supports those wanting to start a care farm, care farmers who are already delivering services and people who just want to know more. See our list of upcoming webinars below. Details of all the project training opportunities on offer can be found on the Growing Care Farming Training page.
Growing Teachers - helping you to help your school grow
Growing Teachers is about inspiring, supporting and empowering teachers, support staff, independent practitioners and volunteers to develop and run a school growing and/ or farming project successfully and sustainably.
Whether you are breaking new ground in your school or seeking to grow an established school project, this programme offers a complete approach to the subject suitable for everyone from novice to experienced practitioner.
The learning combines educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional online classroom methods. This is combined with assignments personalised to your own project which lets you work on your own and involves visits to other school and community gardens/farms and with other learners and mentors.
Gardeniser Pro Training
A training programme for key coordinators in community focused farms and gardens. Gardeniser Pro uses the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET).
A Gardeniser (garden-organiser) is a key coordinating role working inside the community or urban garden. The role requires the Gardeniser to have both technical skills, like practical gardening skills, as well as the ability to enable volunteers and staff who work in the garden to be fully included in the work that garden is doing through good communication, mediation, organisation and management skills. A Gardeniser supports cohesion, participation and social inclusion in the community garden. The Gardeniser promotes community/urban gardens in their area by raising awareness of their garden in a community and the outcomes they can deliver for their area such as reducing social isolation, creating volunteering opportunities and enabling people to access fresh fruit and vegetables. They also support good communication between the public sector and the community active in the community garden.
In March 2019 Social Farms & Gardens launched their first Gardeniser Pro training course. Since then the training has proved extremely popular and we plan to continue to deliver more Gardeniser Pro courses throughout the year.
CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme)
The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme is a nationally recognised accreditation scheme offering 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 (of which Social Farms & Gardens is a member), and accredited by Credit4Learning, part of the Open College Network (OCN). Two-day training events are planned in various venues across England. There are also distance learning options.
Country specific and regional training and networking
We also run country specific or regional online training and networking meetings in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
Webinars on Covid-19 issues
Our free webinars on COVID-19 issues include:
- Budgeting and Funding
- The Post-COVID Future for the Community Farming and Growing Sector
- Supporting Communities to Grow At Home
- Land Issues and Opportunities
- Risk Management
- Insurance and Liability
- Food Bank Partnerships
- Working with Vulnerable Volunteers during COVID -19
- Creating Great Video Content
- Welcoming Diversity In Community Farms and Gardens.