Frome Allotment Association likes to share the benefits of the town’s allotments with the wider community. In July 2012 we appointed an outreach worker to develop a programme of outreach work and to build on existing links with local schools alongside volunteers from FAA.
The outreach programme has 3 main aims:
To encourage an interest in gardening by children and young people
In 2014 we ran a parent child course at Muriel Jones Fields at Birchill Lane.
At our Welshmill site, Vallis and St. Louis schools have plots where they run gardening clubs and curriculum linked activities with the support of FAA plotholders.
Children from St Johns School have also visited Welshmill.
To support those new to gardening who would like to develop their skills and expertise
In 2014 we ran a course for parents of children at Vallis and St. Louis schools at Welshmill. The parents used their new skills to help out at the school gardening club and to grow produce at home for their families.
In conjunction with Frome Community Education we ran courses at Muriel Jones Fields and other venues for those new to allotments and growing.
We encourage the take up of allotments by those who have not traditionally been involved with allotments.
To support those who wish to continue to garden
We like to make our allotments accessible to people. We have built raised beds at Welshmill so that the less mobile can continue to garden. Residents from Rossetti House can access these beds and enjoy the benefits of the peaceful site.
At Muriel Jones Fields our dry, composting toilet is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
Active and in Touch members visit our site at Welshmill.
Funding of Outreach Work
The outreach worker is funded for one day a week. The role has been supported by grants from Frome Development CIC, The National Lottery, Aster Communities and Frome Town Council.
The outreach worker role is subject to FAA’s safeguarding policy.
For further information on the outreach programme please contact Steve Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org