A monthly nature walk leaving from the Cranhill Development Trust, 1st Wednesday of the Month at 10am. Local walks focusing on plant identification and foraging. Walks will return to the Cranhill Development Trust for a weekly cookery group to prepare a healthy lunch with produce from our community garden. Classes are free, all are welcome.
Cranhill Nature Walks is delivered by staff and volunteers from the Cranhill Development Trust a community organisation that provides a person-centred approach responsive and support services which are inclusive and are not age or gender specific. We focus on a community development and regeneration approach that builds and increases capacity within the community. We do this by providing support which encourages and nurtures empowerment. In the same way, we promote resilience through active participation in the planning, design, development, delivery and evaluation of services.
By providing a range of community based support activities and services, we aim to increase self-esteem and opportunity in an area of multiple deprivation. These services include working with families and individuals, providing information and advice (e.g. Scottish Refugee Council advice outreach for asylum seekers and refugees), health services (e.g. access to smoking cessation), education services (e.g. ESOL classes), leisure opportunities, and a community cafe and nearly new shop. We do this as much as possible in partnership with other agencies and with the quality assistance of experienced volunteers.
Our Community Garden is always a work in progress. Volunteers and staff are creating a unique area in Cranhill for food growing, relaxing and learning as part of a thriving community. It provides a focus for people to enjoy our food, and engage in social and employability initiatives. We have raised beds, a polytunnel, composting facilities and an outdoor covered contemplative space. Many people who come along to join us in the garden go on to participate in our cookery sessions, often using ingredients they grew earlier.
We believe in the power of volunteering to change people's lives and want to support people to take up chances to get involved as volunteers. This applies not only to our own projects but with other groups and organisations across the city. We aim to offer as wide a range of volunteering opportunities as we can and in particular we encourage first time volunteers. Our Volunteer Co-ordinator sets up supportive induction, training and review sessions for each volunteer to ensure the best possible experience for all.
The free local nature walk lasts around one hour and finish with a healthy lunch prepared by volunteers with support from the group. New members are welcome to join whether you are interested in finding out more about gardening, plant identification and foraging, healthy cooking or just getting out of the house more and meet new people.