We started June with our 4th launch, held at the Pavillion in Cheltenham. We had a wonderful mix of people representing all sectors and the launch highlighted the partnership working that is already happening across the borough.
Our speakers included Kelly Patterson of Cheltenham Brough Council, who updated us on how the council is supporting initiatives across the district – from Feed Cheltenham to Cheltenham Zero. Linda Grice told us about the work of Feed Cheltenham and the food network. Claire Dovey spoke to us about the new growing movement that has begun in Cheltenham and Raechel Kelly told us about the work Vision 21, Planet Cheltenham and Cheltenham Zero are doing to promote sustainable living in Cheltenham and beyond.
A fantastic buffet lunch was provided by Faith of Springbank Community Group, and after lunch we had some breakout sessions to discuss the work already happening in the borough, the opportunities available and challenges we face.
We are now working to bring together the feedback from the launch, but the things that have stood out so far are –
More events that give us the opportunity to connect and share
Connecting the work across the county and learning about other projects
Exploring the wider opportunities to work together
More connection between the food support network, growing projects and the sustainability movement.
Mapping what is already happening and identifying the gaps.
once again our thanks go to those who were able to join us
FCH Edible Garden is a green space where students and members of the local community come together to grow fruit and vegetables. Weekly gardening sessions provide time for people to connect with each other and the natural world.
Address: FCH Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ
We support and empower individuals and communities to access healthier, non-processed, zero-waste, affordable food choices. We work to supply food that supports physical and mental health and well-being and is sustainable for the planet.
We support individuals and communities with the following:
Healthy, non-processed, zero-waste meals
Children’s Microgreens grow kit boxes
Store cupboard foods
Healthy recipe boxes
Healthy lunch and snack boxes
Children’s educational programs to inspire, educate & understand more about and look after their mental health.
Currently working at the following locations:
Springbank Community Resource Centre – holiday & HAF classes
Stanton Rooms, Charlton Kings – holiday classes
The Ridge Primary School, Whaddon
St Paul’s Hub – adult classes
Springbank Community Pantry – 2 local schools & an adult class
Pupil premium children from local schools taught at my own home
Friends of Elmfield (Gas Green Community Centre) – starting April children’s classes
One to one sessions with adults/children with learning difficulties
Feed Cheltenham started as a crowdfunder to raise money and awareness during the pandemic. Now Feed Cheltenham is also an umbrella organisation working with local food providers to provide a cohesive approach to food poverty in Cheltenham.
Address: Family Space, The Oasis Centre, Cassin Drive, GL51 7SY