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Blog – Community Food Initiatives can have a positive impact on participants’ mental health and wellbeing
It is an amazing experience working with CFIs on the island of Ireland. In HFfA we are bowled over by all that the projects achieve, despite challenging times, and their willingness to share this learning. There are many benefits to running a CFI but one of the areas often referenced is in relation to the positive effects they have on the mental health of participants. Read more here.
“I bring my grandkids to the garden every week, it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to get involved” – Read Liz’s Story
Liz has been part of the Doras Buí Coolock CHANGE Community garden since its inception in 2012. She has been actively involved at every stage of its development. Liz participated in their gardening training programmes for lone parents and is also a member of the core gardening volunteer group. Liz talks about what it has…
Karen and her son are more adventurous with food, having been involved in Ballybeg’s Family Growing Project. Read more…
Karen heard about the Family Growing Project through a group that she was involved with in Barnardos in Ballybeg. Initially she was attracted to the project because of the cooking element of the programme but found that the growing absorbed her just as much.
We are delighted to share the newest evaluation on our work with Community Food Initiatives (CFIs) – they are helping tackle food poverty and making a difference to local communities. Click on the link above to read more.
For me personally I have achieved an enormous sense of pride and satisfaction in seeing the garden blossom from an unused piece of ground into a very tranquil and enjoyable space for all the community to enjoy. We have now begun a very promising community endeavour.
Fettercairn Community & Youth Centre celebrated with 30 local participants who completed a cookery course. The course was developed to meet the needs of the community in the run up to Christmas and to encourage families to eat more healthily on a low budget.
Homemade mince pies anyone? That’s what our Development Worker was served when she visited Gortin Community Food Initiative (CFI) in Tyrone recently! The playgroup made ginger cookies and baked apple slices and the Community Cooking Group made delicious lentil soup using some produce from their garden, wheaten bread and mince pies.
Healthy Food for All has moved office. We didn’t go very far and we are delighted to have found another city centre location. We are looking forward to sharing a new space with the National Women’s Council on 100 North King Street in Smithfield. We have been using the move as an opportunity to do a big clear out…
They had her at ‘beetroot and carrot chocolate cake’… Our Community Development Worker joined Corduff Resource Centre for making a gorgeous cake using produce from their community garden.
What a welcome to Dunmanway Community Garden – Grow it, Cook it, Eat it on 25th November! We were out all day enjoying the garden and the winter sunshine.