The Bangor Forest Garden Skillshare, Sunday 13 July 11am - 4pm
Please join us for a gathering with a difference! You’re welcome to drop in for a short time or stay all afternoon. It will be an informal friendly gathering where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Forest Gardening, Crowdfunding, learn the principles of rocket stoves and how to make one, cook your own pizza in the cob oven and make willow hearts, stars, fish and streamers. We’ll provide information about the beautiful walks nearby if you want to explore the area, and maps of the garden for self-guided tours. For more information and to book your place go to the FCFCG website.
Reaching your market, 18 July, Machynlleth
Are you realising your potential? This training day is for community growing projects that are looking to increase their income and volunteers through well planned marketing techniques. Do you know how to promote what you do and what you can offer? This full training day will provide you with the tools to be able to define your products and services (what, why and when), define your audience (who, where, why, when) and identify market issues and market opportunities and how to tap into the opportunities. By the end of the day you will be able to market your products and services, using a range of techniques that needn’t cost the earth. For more information and to book your place go to the FCFCG website.
Are you interested in being part of a mentoring project organised by FCFCG?
We’re looking for established community growing projects and new community growers to let us know whether they’d be interested to participate in a Welsh mentoring network. We’re looking for people to act as both mentors and mentees. We see mentors as people who’ve been involved with community growing projects for at least two years and mentees as people who are new to the community growing movement. To read more about this and to fill in the survey click here.
CLAS Cymru update - Back to the Land
CLAS Cymru held a very successful event at Ty Mawr Country Park. The theme was ‘Back to the Land’ and we had presentations from a variety of people including Community Groups, Community Councillors, Landowners and a presentation made on behalf of Wrexham County Council. The wide variety of speakers made for some very interesting lessons and discussion that followed.
In addition to afternoon workshops on finding land; crowd funding and leases/licences the delicious lunchtime break gave a good opportunity for networking between the 26 attendees. You can read more about the event here.
We are planning to replicate this event for South Wales in July – details to follow.
Don’t forget about CLAS Cymru travel bursary – a great opportunity to learn from others about accessing land firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Funding and enterprise news
If you host events or are thinking about holding an event on your site to get the community together or to reward your volunteers, you may like to consider organising for professional performers to deliver a show. The Night Out/Noson Allan scheme by the Arts Council provides you with 50% of the performer costs to ensure that the performers fees are covered and most local authorities in Wales can match the other 50% if you don’t cover costs on the day. This is known as a “guarantee against loss”, so that the performers are guaranteed to get paid, and communities in Wales get to hold performances without the risk of not covering costs. You can read more about the Night Out/Noson Allan scheme on our blog.
The growing season is on full swing and there are lots of Growing the Future courses going on throughout Wales to help you learn…
Throughout Wales there are still spaces available on the hands-on ‘Grow Your Own in a Year’ course at Cowbridge, Swansea, Llandrindod Wells, Newtown, Conwy and Bangor. On this course you can go along and learn what to do in your garden that month, then go home and have a go. You can join this course next month on July on 5th. Read more about all the Growing the Future courses.
Free guide to setting up community events
Community Matters have a free guide giving top tips for running a community event. The guide looks at common issues such as music and video licences, insurance and covering your costs. You can download it from the Community Matters website.
Social Enterprise Awards 2014
Does your organisation play a part in supporting the growth and development of the Welsh social enterprise sector? Then you need to enter the Social Enterprise Awards Wales 2014. Read more ....