Pictures of the night, by Helena Smith
We need volunteers with cars to pick up fruit and veg from Growing Communities on Leswin Rd (Stoke Newington) at 9 am on Saturdays and drop them off at the church hall (about 30 minutes).
We also need volunteers to pick up from Wholefoods at 9 pm on Sundays drop off at church hall. (about 1 hour).
If you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject title Driver.
Patchwork Preserves is a collaboration between Growing Communities and North London Action for the Homeless (NLAH). Growing Communities donate their surplus veg to the NLAH kitchen. What isn’t used is then turned into lovely organic chutneys and pickles by Patchwork Farmers, staff and service users of NLAH. Recently we’ve even used beetroots from our own garden! So far we have made Spicy Beetroot and Orange Chutney, Spicy Carrot, Lemon preserve, Crunchy Courgette Pickle, Spicy Tomato Relish, Red cabbage and Ginger Chutney.
For Christmas we sold chutney at Stoke Newington Farmer’s Market as well as at Growing Communities Urban Farm Shop. Since the project started we have sold well over 200 jars and all profits go to North London Action for the Homeless.
Some 80 years after George Orwell chronicled the lives of the hard-up and destitute in his book Down and Out in Paris and London, what has changed? Retracing the writer’s footsteps, Emma Jane Kirby finds the hallmarks of poverty identified by Orwell – addiction, exhaustion and, often, a quiet dignity – are as apparent now as they were then.
The podcast was partly recorded at NLAH and can be downloaded from the BBC website.
Duration: 31 minutes
If you have any experience fundraising – either applying to grant givers or more direct fund raising activities, please get in touch! We are always looking for new ideas.
In My Shoes is a blog that reflects on being unemployed, being homeless and being made to feel like a second-class citizen. It’s written by one of our regular clients and provides an insight into the daily challenges and frustrations that he experience.