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SiT community allotment Open Day and Seed Share Sat 7/5 12-14 & Sat 21/5 11-15, Hamstel Rd allotments.

Transition Drinks 25/5 7pm

Eco Days http://www.fb.com/EcoDays.TrustLinks Make do & Mend 14/5

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Happy and Homemade Skills Festival 30/07 Sunday Growing Together Westcliff

Would you like to have an enjoyable day and learn something? Check this event out and support community action by sharing and attending:

Happy and Homemade Skills Festival 30/07 Sunday Growing Together Westcliff

Sewing, sourdough, homemade hand balm/toothpaste, essentials oils, reflexology, jam making, textile painting, fermenting, hypnobirthing and relaxation, drumming, meditation.

£17.50 for full day includes refreshments, vegetarian/vegan lunch and a goody bag.
Profits to Southend in Transition and Southend Little Free Pantries.
To Book: Message us via our Facebook events page.
Email alicjauk@googlemail.com or call Alicja on 0788611278.
Time Table of Events
Places for some workshops are limited so book early.
Time: Workshop:
9.45- 10.00 Registration
10-10.30 Welcome
10.30-12.00 Sewing workshop by Sarah
10.30-11.00 Sourdough presentation by Fiona
11.00-12.00 Homemade hand balm by Fiona
12.00-12.30 Homemade toothpaste by Sarah
Skin oil by Sarah-£5 additional fee
Essential oils basics by Claire from Conscious Kitchen
12.30-1.25 Lunch
1.15-1.25 Reflexology chat by Sarah
1.15-2.00 Jam making by Eleanor
1.30-3.00 Reflexology taster by Sarah. £5 for 15 min
1.30-3.00 Textile painting by Fiona
2.15-3.00 Fermenting Basics workshop by Alicja (water kefir, sauerkraut and little more…)
3.00-3.30 Hypnobirthing and Relaxation session by Steph from Do it Like a Mother… Families welcome
3.30-4.00 Drumming workshop by Susan followed by a family meditation. Goodbyes.

There will be an all- day chill out and crochet area with Laura.


Tanyfron Housing Co-operative

I have been told this is a lovely place with a great community which strives to live sustainably. Options for volunteering available through working holidays, learn a new skill.

South East Essex Seed Swap Saturday 25 February

South East Essex Seed Swap, alongside Potato Day
Saturday 25 February
10:00 – 14:00

Growing Together Westcliff, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 9AG
(corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase)

Bring your seeds! Swap, sell or donate!
Get surprised by new and old varieties!
Preserve diversity!

Questions? Call Kamil 07411 457 259

Tips on marketing your activities as a small community group

We run our own small charity and know how difficult it can be sometimes to recruit and retain members with limited resources and time which seems always filled with other things.
A few things which worked for us are:
1.  running a blog with short posts from each event we do with lots of pictures so we don’t have to write to much:) and people don’t have much to read anyway. We take pictures with smartphones but a digital camera will do. You can be more advanced and not even have to sit down to a computer and post to the blog directly from the mobile application or by sending an email to the blog which then posts the text and pictures directly.
2. We then use the link to the posts in biweekly emails announcing the next event. We find some people don’t remember about events otherwise in their busy lives and it helps keep us in their mind. Sometimes it is just not the right time in someones live but if we stay in touch – as we gather emails of those who were in touch with us and add them to the contacts list – they join us at a later date because we did not give up on the.

3. The blog posts are automatically uploaded to the organisations/projects Facebook Page so we reach people who use Facebook more nowadays.

4. We share the update from the Facebook Page to Facebook groups and pages which are relevant to our area of work and also more general to Southend ie. Southend on Sea Events etc.

5. People can sign up for our email updates without having to be members which expands our network and these supporters often share our events with their networks which attracts new people who might want to become members.

6. Using the smartphone and google mail to organise contacts and send a regular text to supporters for free. See link to case study here


That seems to do the trick as each event brings new faces and replaces those who cannot come anymore or lost interest and keeps those which we are in touch with interested and aware of our ongoing presence.
If you are running your own small project or intend to set one up and needs some help or a short training for yourselves or your team get in touch with us. Happy to do a swap or work on a donations basis for the time we invest.
Happy community organising to  you and looking forward to see you thrive.
Other useful references

short courses @ apricot centre

permaculture flyer 16-17

edible garden series 16-17

[Skills & Crafts community workshops Southend] Basic Survival Course

basic survival

A one day basic course in Survival Skills.

how to build a shelter

How to build a Fire & maintain it

Cooking & Camp Craft Skills

Safe use of tools

& much More

All tools & equipment are provided

Includes a vegetarian stew & camp fire bread

You will need to bring:

Waterproofs & sensible footware

Old Norse saying:

There is no bad weather, only bad clothing!
Why not come & experience this course to develop your skills & knowledge

Investment £50 for day can be paid by cash, cheque of bank transfer ( message for details)

A non refundable deposit of £20 is required to secure your space, this will go towards booking the venue & food provided

This one day course will be held at:
Belchamps scout camp,
Holyoaks Lane

We look forward to sharing this event with you.

Saturday July 16 9am-5pm.

See the facebook page for more information.

Are you 15-19? or know someone who is. Then this project could interest you

Dear All

Please find details of a Project being run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) that may be of interest to any young people you know.

Bright Green Future is our new programme for young
people, aged 15-19, to encourage them to get involved in the energy
sector. They’ll receive training, run local projects, take part in work
placements and more, all of which will help them on a path towards
becoming a future environmental leader. Read more at www.bright-green-future.org.uk.

As it’s a UK wide project we really need to ensure that we spread the word
across all regions, so we are hoping you can help by ensuring that your
contacts and networks are aware of the programme. You could also
suggest any networks or contacts in your area that you think it would be
worthwhile us getting in touch with. We’re hoping to have 50 young
people, from all over the UK, signed up to take part from September.
There is an application deadline of Sunday 17 July, so we need to act
quickly to ensure as many relevant people as possible are informed.

Please get back to me to suggest any contacts or get in touch on bgf@cse.org.uk if you have any queries about the project.

Thank you in advance for your help, and do get in touch if we can return the
favour by publicising any of your activities in our monthly newsletter.

Intro to Permaculture – Free OSU Permaculture Course | Open Oregon State | Online Educational Resources (OER)‏

Learn Permaculture Design for Free

Intro to Permaculture

Starts: May 2, 2016
Ends: May 30, 2016
Cost: Free

Visit the website for further information and to register your place today.

Permaculture design is a method of landscape planning that can be applied to anything, from a home garden or farm to a city block or entire village. This free permaculture course uses design principles from nature itself and takes into account such things as how indigenous people used the land; how water, fire and wind flow through the land; and how soil, water, vegetation, buildings and habitats can be managed in a stable and enduring way.

A multidisciplinary approach

Permaculture design is an ethically based, whole-systems design approach to create sustainable human settlements and institutions. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, permaculture design also touches on regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, technology, architecture and international development.

Learning outcomes

In this free permaculture course, you will learn about the process, ethics and principles of permaculture design while diving into climate-specific design elements through interactive technology, videos, graphics, and readings. The course is designed to benefit everyone regardless of your learning style, time commitments or available technology.

Students who complete all course activities should expect to spend between two to four hours each week on course work.

Southend helps get Britain biking


Thousands more children and adults across the country will saddle up and cycle thanks to a scheme spearheaded in Southend.

The Department for Transport specially picked the borough as one of just 18 places to pilot extended Bikeability training in schools after witnessing the success of its previous cycling programmes.

True to form, Southend’s Bikeability Plus pilot scheme proved a hit too. It went down so well that the Government is now allocating £5million to be spent on similar projects countrywide.

This aims to get 200,000 more children cycling.

Fresh from the productive pilot, Southend’s cycling team is also applying for grants from this new fund to carry on its good work.

Southend schools who would like to take advantage of this are invited to contact:collettekemp@southend.gov.uk or elaineswallow@southend.gov.uk

Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, Councillor Martin Terry said: “Southend has an excellent track record in delivering cycling programmes which introduce people to the benefits of cycling and help them ride their bikes more confidently and safely.

“Before we were chosen for the Bikeability Plus pilot scheme, staff from the Department for Transport came along to find out what we were doing.

“One of the projects they saw was a joint enterprise with Sustrans – the sustainable transport organisation – to put cycling on the school curriculum.

“This included Cycle Safaris where pupils went on guided bike rides to nearby places of interest to learn more about their local history, nature and environment.

“Schools didn’t then need to hire coaches for these short distance educational journeys. At the same time, pupils and teachers experienced our off road routes and saw how quickly places could be reached by bike.

“While our Bikeability Plus modules are specifically aimed at children, we have similar schemes, run at cost price, for adults.

“Details of all our cycle training can be found at www.cyclesouthend.co.uk

Responses from pilot scheme participants include:

  • I’ve had some wonderful feedback from parents regarding last week.  Please pass onto the team.  They felt that their approach, encouragement and management enabled the children to all succeed. Well done, and thanks! Dan Ager, The Federation of Thorpe Greenways School
  • Bikeability Fix has been fantastic today! The instructors were amazing and put the information over in a way appropriate to the age of the pupils.  The children and staff alike were buzzing after the sessions!  Lea Carter, Richmond Primary School
  • The children were so excited to use the balance bikes and they all made really good progress.  Porters Grange Primary School

The following schools and organisations have taken part in the current pilot scheme:

Our Lady of Lourdes
Richmond Primary School
Darlinghurst Primary School
One Brownie Park and two Scout troops

Friars Primary School
Porters Grange Primary School
Earls Hall Primary School
The Federation of Thorpe Greenways Schools

Earls Hall Primary School
The Federation of Thorpe Greenways Schools