A series of free workshops to improve green spaces, build on existing skills, and improve wellbeing.
Our council-led partnership has secured £500,000 to help support people and communities to pilot new projects across local areas.
We want to help you unlock the potential of your green spaces, as we know how important these areas are for promoting biodiversity and people’s mental and physical wellbeing. By sharing a mix of personal and technical skills, we hope to support communities in coming together and making their vision for their local area a reality.
We want to know what support is needed to make the most of local green spaces, by identifying what people feel they need and sourcing workshops and training to make it happen.
What will be happening and where
The neighbourhoods the programme will be focussing on are Lakenham, Mancroft (extending to West Pottergate and Russell Street areas), Heathgate and Mousehold (extending to Cowgate and Bull Close areas), and Mile Cross.
The workshops and training will be commissioned and managed by our project partner Business in the Community, and will take place over 100 days between March and May. This will create a swell of activity over a short and exciting period.
Along with these specific workshops, our partners at Future Projects and Garden Organic will also be running regular digital and green space workshops in those neighbourhoods (though they are open to any Norwich resident).
Those attending a workshop who are economically inactive – such as students, people looking after family and home, dealing with illness preventing work or disabled or retired – or have been unemployed for 18 months or more, can request a small grant of up to £300 to use their new skills to start up their own community project, or to invest in themselves with further bespoke training.
These grants can be used independently or with a local group to do something new within an existing project. The grants will be expertly looked after by our partners Voluntary Norfolk with the ability to lend equipment so people can test out ideas with minimal cost.
We will be working with our digital inclusion coordinator to make tablet computers available to residents on free, long-term loans, including providing extra equipment and data to help people stay connected and develop digital skills.
How to access the workshops
Access information about the workshops available or book a space via www.lumi.org.uk, where you can also book free equipment to undertake your own community activities.