- On March 3rd we are holding the Programme Action Forum which we hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend. The theme for the morning will centre around the Sustainable Development Goals of eradicating hunger and preserving the environment.The speakers are;
- Steve Thomson who is the Operations Director for Garden Organic which is the leading organic gardening charity in Europe. They run a range of programmes and activities to get people growing and gardening organically. Working with individuals, in schools and communities, they bring their expert knowledge and skills to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of gardening and growing, which include it being a good form of exercise, a stimulus to a better diet, a way to improve mental health and wellbeing and a tool for social interaction and behavioural change.
Steve is currently responsible for the organisation’s Horticulture, Commercial and Education programmes. I know of their work through the Rye Hill Prison Garden Project which is delivered by Garden Organic’s Master Gardener programme team, and works in conjunction with Substance Misuse Services (SMS) and G4S, which operates the prison, and is funded by Public Health England (Northamptonshire).
- Amanjit Dhillon who is the Fundraising Product Officer for Child.Org. Many of you will have seen her at the Cardiff Conference at their stand alongside MERU. She will talk about the work of Child.Org and their links with Soroptimism and their global projects.