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Growing Connections: Guide to an inclusive and welcoming community garden

This guide outlines the principles to age-friendly and inclusive volunteering, shares best practice and provides a tool to self-review community food projects’ inclusivity. Growing Connections is a project of Sustain, funded by the Centre for Ageing Better and DCMS through the Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering programme.


Food Co-ops Toolkit

This guide covers:

  • Introduction to the guide and project
  • Core values
  • Principles
    • Be flexible and responsive.
    • Help people feel enabled and supported.
    • Be sociable and connected.
    • Make people feel valued and appreciated.
    • Make things meaningful and purposeful.
    • Make use of strengths.
  • Acknowledgements
  • Inclusivity self-review

Covid-19 Update

Growing Connections: Guide to an inclusive and welcoming community garden
18pp - 2020 | 724Kb


3 Aug 2020
Capital Growth

Capital Growth: The Capital Growth campaign, run by Sustain's London Food Link offers practical and financial support to communities around London to help more people grow more food, and to have greater access to land and growing spaces for community benefit. The Capital Bee project, part of Capital Growth, seeks pledges to promote bee-friendly behaviour, and supports establishment of community beehives.

18pp - 2020


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