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NORTHERN NETWORK: EVENTS PROGRAMME

Now that we’ve launched our new website, we’re excited to share with you our events programme for the coming months.

As part of our development work for this project, we asked our community what they were looking for from the network.

Opportunities to meet other people involved in the work of Green Community Hubs were high on the list, so we’ve been sure to include a regular networking evening. -On the first Thursday of the month, we’ll be hosting an informal online meet-up where members can come together to talk through their challenges and share their successes.

More formal training opportunities were also desired, with a requirement to cover a range of structured learning such as first aid, or working with vulnerable people, as well as business and marketing skills. A keen interest in sharing knowledge and experience of practical horticulture was also shown.

As a result, we’ve prepared a packed programme of sessions that cross Business, Community, and Green Skills, with a Marketing 101 series covering all the basics.

Our line-up for June and July includes 15 events across these themes and you’ll find everything from composting to community businesses, from mental health training to marketing, from SUDs to Spuds! Take a look and book now – all events are free and open to anyone who wants to join.

You can also download our handy pdf guide here.

Partnership with Social Farms & Gardens

Another line of feedback from our early research and development was around the idea of quality assurance and an agreed standard to work towards. This brings us to our partnership with Social Farms and Gardens.

Social Farms and Gardens’ Green Care Quality Mark is a sector-wide quality assurance accreditation. The Quality Mark helps you reach the minimum standards you need to meet as a green care provider. It also helps you to understand the requirements of commissioners, referral agencies, and service users.

Through this unique partnership, we’re offering a ‘train the trainer’ package for community groups interested in applying for the Green Care Quality Mark: 5 organisations will have the opportunity to be supported through their application with targeted support and advice so that they can then support others with an application in the future.

To take part, simply sign up for the events on 20th June and 18th July.

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