Cracking Good Food launched in March 2010, at Chorlton’s Big Green Festival, with the aim of getting more people in the North West to cook and eat homemade food, by teaching both the paying public and community groups.
They believe cooking is a vital life skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, so in order to be accessible to as many people as possible, their paid-for courses are some of the cheapest in the region as they only charge for genuine costs. They were fortunate enough to be supported for their first two years by the Local Food Fund, part of The Big Lottery, and are currently seeking new revenue streams to fund our community outreach programme.
They were shortlisted as a Food & Drink Pioneer in 2012’s Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards and Commended in the Greater Manchester Probation Trust Staff Recognition Awards 2012 for their work with ex-offenders.
In 2013 they were listed as the best place in Manchester to learn to cook, by Visit Manchester.
Latest courses include cookery schools, tackling food waste and forage and cook sessions!
The Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens are an active and vibrant voluntary group of local residents interested in restoring and promoting the local sea front gardens and Potter's Barn Park.
The gardens sit in a conservation area in the seaside town of Waterloo, North Liverpool, a 15 minute train journey from the city centre. There are four distinctive public gardens to enjoy along the seafront:
Marine Garden, Crescent Garden, Adelaide Garden and Beach Lawn.
The gardens are located just a short walk from Crosby marine lake, beach and sand dunes. The world famous Antony Gormley 'Another Place' statues stand on the beach.
Waterloo itself hosts a number of excellent restaurants, which include the picturesque Lakeside Adventure Centre.
The area is easily accessible by road, rail and bus.
Volunteers are very welcome and can get involved in litter picking and gardening sessions.
The Bat Conservation Trust supports over 100 local bat groups and 6000 members and works with volunteers, scientists, industry and government both locally and nationally on a range of projects.
To achieve their vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together, work focuses on discovering more about bats and how they use the landscape, taking action to protect bats and enhance the landscapes on which they rely and inspiring people about bats and their environment, engaging them in their conservation.
They run the national bat helpline and monitoring programme with volunteers welcomed for these activities. Please see website for further details on this vital work to protect bats.
Two Pennies Money Advice is an independent local money advice agency working in the county of Worcestershire from premises in Worcester.
They help people who are having problems with money and debt.
Their core service is:
- Free – You won’t get another bill by coming to see them
- Independent – they give advice and support that they believe is in clients’ best interests
- Confidential – they will not share information about clients without their agreement
- Professional – advisers are trained, qualified and experienced.
- Personal – the service is face-to-face. They sit down and listen to people across a table
- Supportive – they support people until the problem is solved or they are able to take it forward themselves
- Empowering – they want people to learn, so that they don’t get into difficulties again, which is why they also run money management courses
- Christian – their core-funding comes from local churches. They are motivated by the Christian values of love, mercy and justice for all people, of any faith or none
- Open to all – regardless of religion or philosophy, age, appearance, race, nationality, sexual orientation, status or disability. That means everyone
They also run money management courses, see the website for details.
So today I'm thinking about how I can live more lightly on this planet. After all there is only one planet Earth and rather a lot of us humans. In the week where we celebrate World Earth Day, I'm considering my use of plastic. This is quite topical at the moment and so I'm reviewing the small choices I can make to reduce my use of plastic items and packaging.
As you can see I eat porridge oats for my breakfast, so I've decided to swap my supermarket for this purchase. As you can see, my previous Morrisons oats come wrapped in an unrecyclable plastic bag, whereas the Lidl equivalent comes in recyclable paper. Don't worry I go past Lidl anyway, so not making an extra journey and the price of my breakfast will be the same. If you're listening Mr Morrisons - use less plastic!
Essential Needs is Harrogate Borough’s community furniture store. They are a registered charity who offer an extensive range of quality, re-used furniture, electrical appliances and other household items at low prices.
They depend on kind donations of furniture, electrical appliances and other household items to help change lives and protect the environment.
We will collect your donations of furniture and electrical appliances for free as long as they are clean, in good condition and comply with current health and safety legislation so that they can be re-used and resold.
The Old Needle Works is a Community Support and Learning Hub in the Heart of Redditch, Worcestershire. They offer courses and education to the community, Mental Health and Well-Being support, as well as a craft gallery and business spaces showcasing local creative artists, and hosting independent companies.
The Centre is only 2 minutes walk from Redditch’s bus and train stations.
They arere passionate about providing opportunities to improve skills and to learn something new in a supportive environment, placing a keen focus of Mental Health and Well-Being for all at the core of our support and courses.
In addition they play host to a wide variety of local charities and independent businesses to provide support and services to be accessed by the Community.
Visit the website to see a programme of community learning activities and details of groups at the Hub.
Many members of the local community supported by The HGS Residents Association in 2011 campaigned to prevent the closure by the London Borough of Barnet of the little Hampstead Garden Suburb Library in the Market Place.
The campaign was successful, and within just a few days of the borough librarians being redeployed to other libraries in April 2012, Garden Suburb Community Library opened its doors to readers again, this time in the hands of about 40 volunteers who have been trained to run it.
The library has since then gone from strength to strength, with over 2600 registered users, children’s activities twice a week, a monthly book club, and occasional author talks and one-off children’s events.
Books are constantly replenished and a team of volunteers has £5,000 to spend annually on adult and children’s books
They also have two user computers which are in constant use and a printer which can also scan and copy.
They are always looking for additional volunteers to join the team that runs the library on a day to day basis
Everyone enjoys their shifts – the library is open Tuesday to Saturday and we have two shifts – morning 9.45am-1.30pm and afternoon 1.30pm-5.00pm
Full training given !
Ashplats Wood is 28 hectares and is part of the East Court Estate in East Grinstead, West Sussex, UK. The main part of the wood is designated as Ancient Woodland, and also a West Sussex Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI). It sits within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Ashplats Conservation Group is a voluntary organisation that aims to promote practical conservation for the benefit of the countryside and wildlife.
The Group was formed by local residents keen to be involved in conserving and enhancing the varied habitats the wood affords, and promoting the benefits to local people. The Group generally meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month and carries out a variety of tasks including:
- Pond restoration
- Control of invasive species (such as Rhododendron)
- Path and ride maintenance
- Glade creation and improvement
- Surveying and monitoring wildlife populations
Everyone is welcome, including children. Under 16’s though should be accompanied by an adult.
No experience is necessary and tools, gloves and training will be provided. It’s advisable to wear old clothes and stout boots.
This is your free gym – right on your doorstep! Come along and make new friends, learn new skills and make a difference. Details are on the website and facebook page.
Positive About MS is a website dedicated to give information to those who have MS (Multiple Sclerosis), those affected by the condition and people who may just want to know more about it.
The main reason for the site is within the title, they aim to look at and focus on the positive aspects of the condition (And Yes! There are many).
Within the site you will find different topics, subjects and areas that they address by giving their opinions.
The group is based in Manchester, but the information is accessible to all.
For those who like information on the move or at the finger tips you can even follow updates on facebook and twitter.