We are delighted to welcome our new Community Activator to the team. We are hosting the Glasgow Community Food Network post and they will be working on the Food and Climate Action project funded by the National Lottery Fund.

Community Activator

The new Community Activator is Sandra MacDowell.

"I hope to get around to meet and work with some of the dynamic and inspiring partners involved with Glasgow Eco Trust as soon as is practicably possible."

"Within my role as Community Activator I will work collaboratively with partners and the community with the aim of increasing community participation, by supporting and promoting food education programmes, green assemblies and involvement in COP26. Thus providing support for people to develop the skills and knowledge they need to act on sustainable food and climate change."

The role will also look to link in with existing opportunities and creating new ones whereby people can become involved in growing food, cooking food and have a better understanding of where food comes from and how it’s processed.

Groups will then have the opportunity and be supported to apply for peer budgeting grants available in year 2 of this project.

"This is just the start and we hope to be part of a lasting legacy for Glasgow after COP26 event this year and long into the future."

The project aims to work alongside local communities to co-create a more resilient food system that is fairer and kinder to both people and planet

About the Food and Climate Action Project

Building on years of collaborative action in Glasgow and beyond, the Food and Climate Action project aims to work alongside local communities to co-create a more resilient food system that is fairer and kinder to both people and planet.

Led by Glasgow Community Food Network and funded by the National Lottery, the 2-year project is a partnership between Urban Roots, Glasgow Eco Trust, The Space, St Paul’s Youth Forum and Central & West Integration Network.

Five Community Activators within the project team are hosted by each partner organisation enabling them to work both collectively and geographically across the city to support grassroots action and tap into existing local networks.

The project has five key strands of activity:

  • increasing urban agriculture within the city,
  • engaging and empowering people of all ages through food education,
  • establishing community-led green assemblies,
  • supporting action around COP26
  • collating all learning in an online food hub.

The work connects to wider action on climate and food through policy and campaigns activity including the aims of the Glasgow City Food Plan.

In the second year of the project, micro-grants will be available to community groups as part of the five green assemblies. Decisions will be made through a peer-budgeting process that will support local actors to take their own climate action ideas forward.

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