Regional Workshop on CFI’s
Healthy Food for All (HFfA) ran its third workshop on Community Food Initiatives in conjunction with the Suffolk and Lenadoon Community Gardens at Glen Road Community Centre, Belfast on 18th April. Caroline Murphy of Suffolk Community Garden gave a presentation on the outstanding work that is being carried out by the local community in transforming the space into a fantastic horticulture garden, complete with hens and bees! The group have been incredibly creative and inventive by using unwanted and recycled materials in creating their community garden. It is a wonderful resource for the local community. For further information, please contact Caroline at email@example.com
Tommy O’Reilly of Glen Road Community Centre gave participants a tour of the Lenadoon Community Garden . The garden is a wonderful example of how a small space outside a community centre can be transformed into a growing space for fresh fruit and vegetables. The Lenadoon and Suffolk communities are working together across both gardens to improve access to affordable food of good quality for the local residents. For further information, please contact Tommy at OReillyT@BelfastCity.gov.uk
There were presentations in the afternoon from CFIs throughout Belfast. Footprints Women’s Centre presented on their work in the Colin Community, Belfast, where they are busy working on their community garden at the centre and growing fresh fruit & vegetables in the homes of local residents. Produce from the community garden is used in the Footprints Women’s Centre Café and Catering Services. Cook It! presented on the work being carried out with local community groups in Outer West Belfast. Cook It! is a practical cookery course which helps people to improve their cooking skills, explore healthy eating and how to cook healthy meals on a budget.
Breakout sessions were facilitated on the following topics: Setting Up your Community Food Initiative; Accessing Resources for your Community Food Initiative and Engaging With Your Local Community. We also held a Networking Market Place where participants shared and gathered learning on various types of CFIs. Feedback on the day was very positive, with many participants feeling inspired and motivated by the work being done by local projects. We look forward to our next event in Mountmellick on 10th May.