GTM is supported by Midlothian Voluntary Action’s Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian [SEAM] and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, and is part financed by the European Social Fund and Scottish Government. The project is supported by the £9.7m Growing the Social Economy Programme as part of the Fairer Scotland Action Plan to tackle poverty and inequality. 
  

 

 

 

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 PROJECTS and PRIORITIES

How do we accomplish our Mission

We started by looking at what was going on in around growing and food in our communities, what people wanted to do and what were the barriers to doing more. We now have an up to date list of active and new community growing projects, a better understanding of how to support people, especially our more vulnerable groups. We have ideas coming out of our ears, and an Action Plan.  We have a new framework and evaluation tool to run our collaboration and ensure that by working together we are benefiting more people.We are sharing information, knowledge and skills and looking for ways to work smarter. In December we launched our plan and broke ground at the new Mayfield site. 

 

Our priorities are for more resources, partners and visibility. We will support each other and develop models and income streams that will enable us all to be more financially sustainable. The actions we want to do are on the right, and we are tackling them now. With extra resource we can do a lot more.

Growing Community Growing

  • Support projects and help new grassroots groups get started.

  • Get more people growing on sites, their gardens and local unused and green space

  • Increase volunteers by identifying and promoting opportunities.

  • Identify land for growing sites.

  • Profile, promote and support diverse models of community growing.

  • Open our spaces for events to bring people together and get new people involved.

  • Grow more food.

  • Pilot a Community Growing Coordinator role, that will support several sites and the projects they host.

 

Growing Community Enterprise

  • Raise our profile and the services and benefits we deliver.

  • Develop income streams based around community growing, food and the environment. 

  • Support increased trading activity between community growers, local community cafes, retailers and other markets.        

  • Develop a Growing Together Midlothian enterprise vehicle that can bid for and deliver local services.

Growng our Impact

  • Map and strengthen partnership pathways with the public, private and third sector to generate income streams, help in kind and sustainable ways of working together on shared aims.

  • Work with groups in other Council areas to learn and share.

  • Work with Midlothian Council to support actions from the COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT. It requires local authorities to develop a food growing strategy for their area, and we are working with them to support this. Collective citizenship in action!

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