Demonstration Programme News!
Killarney Asylum Seekers Initiative Community Garden
KASI community garden is prepared for the winter… come what may! The beds are cleared and covered with manure and plastic. This will allow them to rest and be fertilized so that they are ready to be replanted in the early spring. The volunteers planted some garlic and onions and did a workshop on building a willow dome. Willow Domes are made by weaving living willow branches together into a Teepee-shaped structure. Because the willow is alive the branches will start to sprout leaves and soon they will have a beautiful living structure to enjoy!
KASI have some concerns about the continued funding of the garden. However, they have managed to secure some funding to run horticulture classes in the garden and will continue to partner with local organizations and agencies. In addition the volunteers continue to develop the garden each week. KASI are also very happy that the garden was supported and developed over the last three years as part of the Demonstration Programme. For more information please contact Marilyn at Marilyn@kasi2000.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Networking Event of the Demonstration Programme
The Demonstration Programme celebrated its ninth networking event in Belfast on 26th September, 2012. The event was facilitated by East Belfast Mission and focused on celebrating the achievements of the CFIs during the last three years. Each project gave a presentation reflecting on the 'then and now' picture of their CFI and incorporating the learning and challenges encountered along the way. In the afternoon we discussed the benefits, challenges and unexpected outcomes of being part of the Programme. A big thank you to East Belfast Mission for the warm welcome and delicious lunch in their Re:fresh Community Cafe. This was our last official networking event of the Demonstration Programme and we can't believe it! We have committed to continue sharing the wealth of learning and maintaining links with each other. We are also looking forward to an event in the New Year to share the findings of the Programme Evaluation. For more information please contact Georgina at email@example.com.
NICHE Food Focus Project
The new Food Focus Community Garden (NICHE led) is now open in the Knocknaheeny area and the progress they have made in the past few months is amazing - see before and after photos below! It is located on Hollyville Estate and local people plant and grow fruit, veg and herbs to take home and to share with the community. There is a new training facility currently being built on site and this will facilitate seasonal workshops. They will also be hosting an annual Food Festival in the garden on 17th October 2012. This event will include food tasting, music, face painting and health information - all welcome! In addition, the Food Focus Project runs a Food Club which meets every Wednesday to make and eat healthy food on a budget. For more information please contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Food Garden Celebration
The Food Garden Dundalk (RehabCare and Simon Community) had a garden celebration on 30th August in recognition of the wonderful development of the site over the past three years and to thank participants for their on-going hard work. It was well attended by local radio, local Councillors, members of the Chamber of Commerce, local people, participants and their families. Participants in the gardening programmes spoke about all they had learned and what the garden means to them. Staff thanked safefood for their funding and Healthy Food for All for its support. RehabCare and Simon Community feel that the garden is a crucial part of both organisation's activities and are confident that they can keep the garden going with the help of the local community. Well done to the Food Garden! For more information please contact Deirdre Quinn at email@example.com or Georgina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Limerick Seed to Plate Community Gardens
Southill and St. Munchin's community gardens, which are part of the Limerick Seed to Plate Project, are continuing to flourish despite the rainy weather... our spirits were not dampened on a recent visit! Both gardens looked gorgeous and have proven to be an integral part of the wider community. Southill and St. Munchin's run a variety of gardening, cookery and intergenerational programmes, as well as helping local people with their gardens at home. Well done to St. Munchin's who were recently nominated for a Pride of Place award! For more information please contact Liz Slattery at email@example.com or Georgina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KASI Community Garden Summer BBQ's
Participants and staff of KASI, along with local people, enjoyed two barbeques in the community garden this summer. Both wonderful events celebrated the abundant growth in the garden and the hard work done by the volunteers. Salads and veg from the garden were picked and enjoyed on the day, along with delicious barbeque food and dishes prepared by staff and participants in the various KASI programmes. There was a big turn out and both events and everyone had great fun, especially at the Zamba facilitated session at the recent post-Ramadan event! For more information on KASI Community Garden please contact Marily at email@example.com or Georgina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Enterprise Business Plan Networking Event
We celebrated our eight Demonstration Programme networking event in Killarney Asylum Seekers Initiative (KASI) on 30th May, 2012. The training was facilitated by Michael Gleeson, Rural Development Consultant, and focused on development of a social enterprise business development plan specific to the CFIs. Rachel Budd from Shanakill/Rahoonane Organic Community Garden in Tralee gave a presentation on their amazing garden and how they remain sustainable. After a delicious lunch prepared by KASI volunteers and staff members, we enjoyed a visit to their wonderful community garden. The progress they’ve made is inspirational and is largely thanks to the volunteers who work tirelessly every week to ensure the garden is maintained and developed. The afternoon explored quantitative data gathering. We would like to give a big thank you to the staff and volunteers of KASI for their warm welcome. Many thanks to all the participants from the CFIs also who travelled far and wide to attend the event and enjoy beautiful Killarney! For more information please contact Georgina at email@example.com.
Check out a piece on the Demonstration Programme in the latest e-bulletin from Food & Health Alliance Scotland!
Food Focus Project Knocknaheeny Community Garden (NICHE Lead)
It was all smiles in Knocknaheeny on 13th March as the first sod was turned in their new Food Focus Project community garden. A patch of waste ground behind a petrol station is being transformed into a gardener's haven. Plans to develop the garden with Cork County Council have been ongoing for about a year and local people are very excited to be involved in the project. NICHE plan to develop gardening and horticultural programmes and produce grown will be given back to the community. Once completed the garden will include wheelchair accessible raised beds, an education centre, composting area, tool shed, a polytunnel and other facilities. The garden is open to everyone in the community and NICHE have been delighted with the response from local people so far. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dundalk Food Garden Project (RehabCare lead)
Dundalk IT (DKIT) had a Green Week before St. Patrick's day with lots of 'green' events and the Food Garden Project was asked to plant some vegetables with the Growing Food on Campus Society. It was a great day and they were invited for tea and coffee afterwards with staff and students. Two Simon particpants have since signed up to use the DKIT library and have been busy borrowing books!
The Food Garden participants have also linked in with the local GIY club in Dundalk. They help out once a fortnight by digging, mulching and planting. In return they get some good gardening advice and the local GIY champion pays them back with a few hours of labour in the Food Garden and participant's home gardens. Food Garden programme participants find this a great help. For more information please contact Anne Hynes at email@example.com.
Limerick Seed to Plate Project and Healthy Food for All on Ear to the Ground
The Limerick Seed to Plate Project and Healthy Food for All were featured in a wonderful piece on Ear to the Ground on 31st January, 2012. A huge congratulations to Southill and St. Munchins and all involved in making the projects the success they are. The piece gave due recognition to all the hard work and achievements made by both CFIs and it also highlighted the work of Healthy Food for All in making the links to food poverty and policy. Please see the segment below:
Social Enterprise Networking Event
The Demonstration Programme celebrated its seventh networking event in The Reco in Ballymun on 15th February 2012. The event focused on Social Enterprise and was facilitated by David Brady, Research & Policy Officer with WINSENT. The training and presentation provided an overview of what social enterprise means and a seven stage model for its development. Participants also enjoyed a presentation by Niall Morris, Finance and Development Manager of Liberties Recycling, which is a non-profit social enterprise that funds rehabilitation services and provides training for people affected by drug use. Group exercises explored ways the CFIs might adapt social enterprise ideas to their own projects. Participants enjoyed a delicious lunch in The Reco Community Cafe and a tour of the centre's gardening initiative. The afternoon concentrated on project updates and the progress and plans made by the CFIs in recent months. We also had discussions on how social enterprise currently relates to their projects and how this can help inform the focus for the next networking event. We would like to thank the speakers and the staff at The Reco for helping make the event the success it was. For more information please contact Georgina Buffini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bogside Brandywell Health Forum's Garden Progresss
In addition to running their regular nutrition related programmes, BBHF are managing to make amazing progress in their gardens. They link in with numerous local stakeholders and have a strong Steering Group for the gardening projects as they believe partnership is key in the current economic climate. They are getting a feasibility study done on how best to develop their new large site in the Creggan area. Recently they have put in a polytunnel and more raised beds on the site and are also looking into what trees are best suited to grow on the land to sell. They are investigating the idea of having a Spring Market to showcase and sell their produce and encourage local community to join the programmes and grow in their own gardens. They also engage local young men in their gardening programmes to help build their capacity and reduce anti-social behaviour. Some participants are now going on to do further training in City & Guilds for example. There is a new polytunnel in the Gasyard Centre and they have expanded the garden area. The local Gaelscoil is adjacent to the garden in the Gasyard and is determined to make healthier options the normal way of life. The House in the Wells gardening programmes are continuing to be developed and there are plans for more raised beds and a polytunnel - the chickens are thriving also! The bulk of BBHF's most recent work has included getting back to basics; identifying what the local community requires and addressing these needs as they realise community ownership is key. For more information please contact Karen Mullan at email@example.com.
World Health Organisation Designates Cork a Healthy City
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated Cork as a ‘Healthy City’. Cork city can now present itself internationally as a city that is prioritising the health of its citizens. Cork joins the Irish cities of Belfast, Galway and Waterford that have been designated already. Cork City Council, University College Cork, Niche Community Health Project and the HSE have been working together to develop the health profile for the city, which supported the application to the WHO for ‘Healthy City’ status. To achieve this designation Cork city has demonstrated to the WHO that health is a core value for the city administration and that the vision, values and strategy for the city are translated into action for health through planning. ‘Healthy Cities’ celebrates and supports the evidence that health is influenced by where a person lives, their income, their level of education, their culture, and accessibility of public services. The Health Profile of Cork city was presented at the launch on 24th January 2012, documenting the starting point for health in Cork city.
“We know from experience of working through partnership with the community that the best outcomes happen in terms of health, well being and quality of life. Being part of a city-wide health action plan and working with other key organisations we hope that health becomes a key consideration in planning and investment and that successful initiatives can be replicated or built upon for the benefit of all people of the city” said Katherine Harford, Manager of Niche Community Health Project, Knocknaheeny / Hollyhill.
East Belfast Mission Wins Another Award!
The ‘Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards’ recognises business success, irrespective of offering, size, sector or location. The awards, now in their 18th year, are in association with the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland, Inter Trade Ireland and Invest NI. Companies are judged on a variety of merits including financial performance, company milestones and achievements, future strategy for the business and development of innovative products and services. Entries for the 2011 awards were open to businesses across all sectors. East Belfast Mission’s Social Economy project became a Provincial award winner in the Social Entrepreneurship category. Provincial award winners will go on to compete in their respective categories at an all-island awards ceremony in Dublin in April 2012 where one category winner will also be crowned overall ‘Ulster Bank Business Achiever 2011’. The 2011 Ulster Bank Business Achiever will receive a comprehensive reward package including a publishing bursary with the Irish Independent, business mentoring, a full service communications workshop, as well as much positive national and regional PR coverage. Very well done to EBM and here's wishing them a much deserved win!
East Belfast Mission's Going Green Christmas Fair
East Belfast Mission celebrated with a Going Green Christmas Fair on 3rd December 2011 in their Re:fresh community cafe. Their Healthy Food For All project gave away 100 bags of fresh vegetables to local families and pensioners. They also gave away recipes from safefood's, Have a Happy Healthy Christmas and provided free festive samples that are included in this booklet. There were a number of stalls including one from Belfast City Council on food waste and saving money and a vintage little black dress rail from their Vintage store. The PSNI gave information on community safety and the Fire Brigade entertained the local community, particularly the children, on their fire engine. There were also Christmas crafts, low-priced recycled gifts and nostalgia stalls, trees, wreaths, second hand bikes and much more! The event welcomed many members from the local community and related local agencies and organisations. The variety of stalls and large attendance was a reflection of the innovation that EBM encourages and their strong community involvement and spirit. For more information please contact Peter Tomlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KASI 'Recipes from Home' Book Launch
Killarney Asylum Seekers Initiative (KASI) launched their second cook book, Recipes from Home, on 1st December 2011 in their drop-in centre. The event was attended by volunteers, service users, staff and many members of local agencies and organisations. The book was officially launched by Cllr. Sean Counihan, Mayor of Killarney, who spoke about the many hard-working migrant people he has encountered and how everybody deserves a chance, just like all the Irish people who have travelled abroad over the years. Sheila Casey, KASI Chairperson, gave a speech on how sharing of food is central to KASI's regular social gatherings and that food brings people together, introduces new cultures and helps break down barriers. Marilyn Counihan, KASI Co-ordinator, spoke about the value of the diversity in our communities and that this richness and learning should go towards influencing meaningful migrant-related policy change in Ireland. This recipe book is part of the KASI Garden Project and volunteers, staff and visitors to the KASI centre contributed all the recipes. It is a wonderful resource with tasty recipes from all over the world and is on sale for €5 from KASI. For more information please contact Marilyn at email@example.com.
The Demonstration Programme CFIs took part in a Sustainability Workshop on 25th November 2011 in the F2 Centre in Dublin. This event was a follow on from the networking event in September and was a direct reflection of the learning from that day. It was a chance to continue to take stock of how best to work toward enhanced sustainability during the coming year. It offered the CFIs opportunities to explore how we can learn from one another, as well as informing the priorities for programme level support. The CFIs gave presentations on their projects and offered solutions on making their CFI sustainable. We also discussed what capabilities they have that they are building on and what supports they need. It was a vibrant event which helped realise all the possibilities and progress made, while acknowledging the challenges faced by CFIs. For more information please contact Georgina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Footprints Women's Centre Planting of Wild Harvest Trees
The Transition Footprints project held a Wild Harvest Tree planting event in their garden on the grounds of Footprints Women's Centre on 23rd November 2011. The day was a celebration of the success of the project and the hard work done by their dedicated volunteers and staff. EAGA representatives officially opened the seating area they funded and the Woodland Trust were on hand to help plant the trees they donated with the volunteers and children from the creche. The day was a clear reflection of all the wonderful achievements made by the Transition Footprints project. For more information please contact Eileen Wilson at email@example.com or Georgina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fare Futures Networking Conference Event, Scotland
The Development Worker delivered a workshop on the Demonstration Programme as part of the Community Food & Health Scotland Fare Futures annual networking conference on 3rd November, 2011 in Dunfermline. The session focused on key successes, challenges and impacts of the Programme and shared the approach taken, its policy and practical implications and benefits for the communities. The workshop was an opportunity for practitioners to come together and share learning, practice and skills with others tackling food related inequalities across Scotland. The session was interactive and encouraged full contribution from a wide range of participants. For more information please contact Georgina Buffini at email@example.com. See also www.communityfoodandhealth.org.uk.
RehabCare/Simon Food Garden wins an award at Dundalk Tidy Towns Competition
The Food Garden Dundalk was awarded third place in the vegetable garden category from Dundalk Tidy Towns in October 2011. Service users from RehabCare and people from the Simon Community work together to develop the garden and participants bring the skills they have learnt to their home gardens. Gardening activity is complimented by cookery classes and the gardening group also share learning and plants with the local DKIT’s food growing society.
The Development Worker, Anne Hynes, was delighted to receive third place and stated “It’s a great achievement because our garden is not so much a show garden but rather a garden for people to learn the skills of growing their own food. All participants were delighted with third place.”
Frankie, who is a participant on the project, said “It’s great to get satisfaction from learning how to grow your own food and learning how to cook the new things we grow, such as spinach.” For more details contact Anne Hynes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NICHE Healthy Food Event
The Food Focus Project (NICHE led) held their Healthy Food Event on 30th September, 2011. The outdoor Farmer’s Market was reduced in size due to the heavy rain all day! However, this did not dampen Knocknaheeny spirits and Corrigan's mini-farm was outside, Youthreach were selling their baked goods and there were stalls for free-range eggs and herb-boxes made by the Food Focus 'Growing Group'. The local band played from an open area overlooking the stalls.
Inside there was food tasting, a raffle, a cookery demonstration, health checks and nutritional information. People were also able to see the design plans for the local community garden and contribute to a food “Mapping” exercise – a great way to find out more about food in the area and what is needed to make it all the more healthy. Children from St Mary on the Hill and other schools showcased their growing projects and took part in the 'food art' activities, smoothie making (on a bike!) and face-painting.
The community cafe inside the Youth Centre provided homemade dinners and refreshments as usual. Many local people and community groups attended and were also encouraged to sign up for other food activities taking place in the area throughout the year. For more information please contact Elaine O’Mahony at email@example.com or visit www.nicheonline.ie.
Sustainability Networking Event
We were delighted to celebrate our sixth networking event of the Demonstration Programme which took place on 21st September, 2011 in Footprints Women's Centre in Belfast. The event aimed to explore what sustainability means to the Programme CFIs and identify the current resources and capabilities within the projects that can be built on. It also aimed to identify how best the Demonstration Programme can provide support to the CFIs over the coming months to help achieve sustainability. The morning and afternoon sessions were facilitated by the Programme evaluators, Jason Donaghy and Nick Mack.
Local Councillor, Arder Carson, attended the event and congratulated Footprints on the wonderful work being done in their garden from a community development perspective. The volunteers showed us around their raised beds, fruit trees, tree house and seating area. They also have a raised bed for the children and a Critters Corner for the toddlers in their creche. Kathleen, one of the dedicated volunteers, spoke about what the garden means to her and how it offers a welcoming space in which she learns new skills and meet friends.
We also had a 'mini-market' area in which the seven Demonstration Programme CFIs shared their vegetables, plants, seeds, recipes and photos. If you would like more information please contact Eileen Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Georgina Buffini at email@example.com.
KASI Community Garden BBQ
Killarney Asylum Seekers Initiative held a post-ramadan barbeque in their community garden on 10th September 2011. The day was a joyous celebration of all the development and the abundant growth in the garden over recent months and of all the hard work done by the volunteers. The food was delicious and salads were made from the harvest from the garden and polytunnel. Everyone joined in an invigorating drumming session which was facilitated by Drum Dance Ireland. The children enjoyed facepainting and a big bouncy castle. The event was attended by people from the local community, volunteers, staff and participants from the many programmes run by KASI. For more information on KASI Community Garden please contact Marily at firstname.lastname@example.org or Georgina at email@example.com.
Southill Community Garden Festival
Southill Area Centre held a Garden Festival in their community garden on 8th September 2011. The event attracted local people, volunteers, members of their various programmes and people from partner agencies. Limerick City Council held an interesting composting workshop which gave information on composting at home. Barbara, the gardener, demonstrated how to grow your own basil and gave out simple kits to take home. Liz Slattery from PAUL Partnership gave a cookery demonstration on how to make Baby Potato and Rainbow Chard Curry using vegetables from the garden. We all got to have a taste and it was delicious! On sale were herb pots and homemade jams and chutneys which were all made using produce grown in the garden. It was a really enjoyable day and demonstrated the many achievements in the garden to date. For more information please contact Liz Slattery at firstname.lastname@example.org or Georgina at email@example.com.
President McAleese Visits East Belfast Mission
East Belfast Mission was proud to welcome President Mary McAleese on 28th June 2011. The President visited the Skainos project, a regeneration and redevelopment of East Belfast Mission's facilities that will provide shared space for community transformation and renewal. She then visited their Re:fresh Cafe to meet staff, locals and representatives from both sides of the community. Rev. Gary Mason MBE gave a speech outlining his many years working with the President and his admiration of all she has achieved during her time in office. President McAleese gave an uplifting speech praising the courage of local people and highlighting her hope for a continued effort to find a common ground for peace and reconciliation. The President was warmly welcomed by the local community and spent time chatting with numerous people in the Re:fresh Cafe. Healthy Food for All and Martin Higgins, CEO of safefood, were delighted to attend the event and be part of the celebration.
St. Munchin's Family Resource Centre's Community Garden Festival
St. Munchin’s Family Resource Centre celebrated their community garden with a second festival on the 16th June 2011 outside the Centre in Ballynanty. The event attracted many local people and partner organisations who purchased and made their own hanging baskets, enjoyed the delicious healthy food and joined in the sing-song! Sheila Cahill, Green Party representative, spoke about the many benefits of the community garden and congratulated St. Munchin's staff and gardening programme participants on all the hard work. Michael Hourigan, the Deputy Mayor, also commended the community garden and recognised the many people who work hard to ensure its continued success. Liz Slattery from PAUL Partnership gave a wonderful seafood chowder cookery demonstration and taster session after which, despite some initial hesitation, the children were licking their lips! A big congratulations to Emma (gardner), Nicholas (Development Worker) and all staff and participants at St. Munchin's for making the garden and the day a big success. If you would like further information please contact Liz Slattery at firstname.lastname@example.org or Georgina Buffini at email@example.com. For some media coverage see here. Also visit St. Munchin's website here.
RehabCare Resource Centre Green Flag Launch
Rehabcare Dundalk celebrated the award of their An Taisce's Green Flag on 9th June in Coes Road resource centre. They were delighted to officially receive the award in Croke Park in March 2011. Rehabcare Dundalk has become the first RehabCare centre in Ireland to receive this award. The event was a big success and was well attended by participants and their families, staff and partner agencies. Speeches were given by Susan Doorley from An Taisce and Ollan Herr, a Green Party councillor. RehabCare Dundalk were commended for their hard work and commitment to greening their environment. They also gave an interview to Dundalk FM radio on the day. Well done to Anne Hynes, Stephen Caraher, Deirdre Quinn and all the participants who have made the environmental initiative the success it is.
The Green Flag environmental initiative combines the Food Garden Project with recycling programmes. The Food Garden Project is jointly run between Rehabcare and Dundalk Simon Community and includes both people with an intellectual disability and people that have experienced homelessness. A community garden with raised beds, a green house, shed and log cabin has been developed and participants grow, prepare and cook a range of healthy organic fruit and vegetables throughout the year. Surplus fruits and vegetables, as well as homemade chutneys and planters made by the gardening group, are sold at the local Dundalk Farmer's market. Participants are also encouraged and supported to grow produce in their own homes. The Food Garden has established a link and shares information with Dundalk IT who have their own Grow Your Own Food Society with raised beds. This environmental initiative project was also awarded the Environmental Excellence Award through the Louth Chamber of Commerce Business Award in October 2010. If you would like further information please contact Anne Hynes firstname.lastname@example.org at or Georgina Buffini at email@example.com.
East Belfast Mission's Health Fair and Great Plant Giveaway
East Belfast Mission and the Going Green project held their second Health Fair and Great Plant Giveaway in their Re:fresh community cafe on Wednesday 26th May 2011. The event was a huge success attracting a large crowd of local people and community practitioners. There was a healthy eating demonstration table as well as representation from all their inter-linked services and partners. There was also health checks and advice and information on health and well-being. Staff at the Re:fresh Cafe strive to make their meals as healthy as possible and the delicious menu is designed in agreement with the clients. A big congratulations to all involved for making the event fun and informative. If you would like further information please contact Joyce Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org or Georgina Buffini at email@example.com.
Networking Event on Volunteering
The fifth networking event of the Demonstration Programme of Community Food Initiatives (CFIs) was held in Bogside Brandywell Health Forum (BBHF), Derry on 18th May 2011. A big thank you to Volunteer Now NI who delivered a very informative interactive session enjoyed by all participants. The training provided an overview of the key principles of volunteer management best practice and an understanding of volunteer policy and recruitment.
The group visited the recently re-developed garden on site. We also visited the garden BBHF link in with locally in the house in the Wells, a sheltered accommodation for men experiencing addiction problems. Well done to all on the amazing work and progress made in both sites. All seven CFIs gave an update on their projects and shared ideas and information. Everyone enjoyed the hospitality in Derry and a warm thank you goes to our colleagues at BBHF for making our visit and the event so memorable. The catering was excellent - many thanks to the staff at their wonderful community cafe! Many thanks also to all the Demonstration Programme CFIs for being so enthusiastic and involved in the event. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you would like further information.
Knocknaheeny Food Focus Project
Well done to Knocknaheeny Food Focus Project who are doing amazing work in their programmes and with their new community garden which is currently being developed. Click here to hear a wonderful piece on their development from the Pat Kenny show on 10th May 2011. A big congratulations to all involved. For more information please contact Elaine O'Mahony at firstname.lastname@example.org or Georgina Buffini at email@example.com.
Networking Event: From Practice to Policy — Co-creating the Way Forward
The fourth networking event of the Demonstration Programme took place on 26th January in Dublin and was titled From Practice to Policy: Co-creating the Way Forward. This event celebrated the first year of the Demonstration Programme and the amazing progress made by the CFIs. The event also explored the policy implications arising from the Programme with regard to tackling food poverty at a wider level.
Our line up of speakers included Geraldine O'Riordan, Development Officer (Engagement), Community Food and Health (Scotland) who provided an external perspective relative to their policy and practice environment. Ian Shankland, Manager from Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership (LCFHP) offered his practice perspective on the learning and challenges being experienced by the CFIs and how these relate to the bigger policy picture. Click here to see the presentation.
We would like to thank everybody for their valuable input and participation. We look forward to organising related events in the coming year to enable CFIs to more fully appreciate how their contribution fits into policy and practice thinking. For more information please contact Georgina Buffini at firstname.lastname@example.org and click here.
KASI 10 Year Celebration
KASI celebrated its 10 year anniversary on Friday 26th November with a wonderful event in Killarney. The evening was attended by many of the staff and volunteers who have been involved with the project since the beginning. It was a real celebration and was a reflection of all that has been achieved by KASI in the last 10 years and of the lasting relationships that have been forged. We wish KASI all the best for the next 10 years ahead and congratulate them on all their hard work and progress to date. It is a pleasure working with and learning from them. For more information please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launch of Footprints Women's Centre (Belfast) Garden
Footprints Women's Centre officially launched their Transition Community Initiative ‘Digging for Colin’ on 27th October. It was a celebratory event that welcomed participants from the local community and key stakeholders. The women who volunteer on the gardening programme commented that this was a new beginning for them and that they were enjoying learning to grow vegetables and herbs for the first time in their lives! They are also busy transferring these new skills to their home environment. More development is planned for the garden with herbs and an orchard being planted in Spring 2011. A big congratulations for all the hard work done by Eileen and the staff at Footprints, Lori the gardener and, most importantly, to the volunteers of the gardening programme. For more information please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Networking Event on Media & Communications for Demonstration Programme CFIs
The third networking event of the three-year Demonstration Programme of Community Food Initiatives (CFIs) was held in Southill Area Centre and St. Munchin’s Resource Centre, Limerick on 29th September, 2010. The event focussed on Media & Communications training and was dedicated to Media Interviewing specifically. We visited the wonderful gardens at Southill and St. Munchin's and the progress to date is a credit to both organisations and their programme participants. There was lots of sharing of valuable ideas and information. Congratulations to all involved and many thanks to Southill and St. Munchin's for hosting the event. Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information.
Healthy Food Day at Food Focus Knocknaheeny Community Food Initiative (NICHE Lead)
The Food Focus project in Knocknaheeny, Cork had it's first Healthy Food Day on 22nd September. It was a wonderful event and drew in many local people to sample healthy food, sign up for their programmes and see the fantastic achievements of the initiative to date. Well done to Elaine and all who worked so hard to make the event the success it was! Please contact email@example.com if you would like further information.
East Belfast Mission Grand Opening of their Re:Fresh Community Café
East Belfast Mission held the grand opening of their Re:Fresh Community Café on 3rd September, courtest of Naomi Long. The opening was attended by many of their regular customers and by the people who were involved in the relocation of the café. It was a very celebratory event - the food is dee-licious by the way!
The temporary relocation is adjacent to their old premises and facilitates a major redevelopment of their original site. The new site will be an inner-city village and they look forward to the redevelopment representing a new start, with no prior history. In the interim EBM fully intend to provide the same services and will continue to focus on healthy eating and nutrition while offering wholesome meals at a very reasonable price. Café Re:Fresh caters for the public, private and homeless clients from their hostel and is a point of social contact for most of the service users.
For more information on the East Belfast Mission Healthy Eating Education Programme please contact Peter Tomlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Munchin’s Community Garden Limerick
St. Munchin’s Family Resource Centre held their Garden Festival in the community on the 15th June outside the Centre on Clonconnane Road, Ballynanty. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the achievements of the community garden project so far and to share some the produce from the garden with the community. It was also intended to raise the profile of the community garden project and inspire people from the community to start growing projects in their own gardens.
There was a barbeque and delicious food, seedlings were given out, window boxes made by the participants in the gardening classes were on sale and there were cookery demonstrations using produce from the garden. It was an excellent day – the atmosphere was wonderful and attendance by the local community exceeded all expectations! Well done to all involved.
This project and event was funded by St. Munchin’s Family Resource Centre, PAUL Partnership and safefood.
Demonstration Programme Networking Event
The second of our three yearly Demonstration Programme networking events was held in Simon Community Seatown House Day Centre, Dundalk on 26th May.
The event focused on developing common approaches to self-evaluation and aimed to ensure that evaluation findings are brought together to enable shared learning and a better overall evidence base for influencing policy.
Everyone involved would like to say a big thank you to RehabCare and Simon Community Seatown who hosted the event. The venue was wonderful and their Food Garden project is inspiring! For more information on the Food Garden Dundalk please contact: email@example.com. Also contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Garden Finds Fame!
The Food Garden Project in Dundalk featured on Nationwide on 13th August, 2010. To view please click this link.
Limerick Seed to Plate Project
The Limerick Seed to Plate Project was interviewed by Morning Ireland at the St. Munchin's garden in April 2010. To hear the interview please click here.
HFfA would welcome hearing from your project! Please contact us with details or for more information on the Demonstration Programme please contact Georgina Buffini at email@example.com or +353 86 152 6569.
Charity No. CHY20341
Healthy Food For All