This project aims to use a number of different locations across Hammersmith & Fulham, however these are not yet all confirmed. Please keep your eyes on the Journey section of this page for updates on the selected venue(s) as they are confirmed. Please note that no funds will be collected from backers until the venue(s) have been confirmed and communicated.
Bees and Refugees mainly aims to provide workshops for local refugees in Beekeeping and hive making. Moreover, it aims to provide technical and logistical support for interested refugees by supplying them with a starter beekeeping kit including a hive, as well as a space for their hives.
What we'll deliver:
- Increase bee population in the council
- Offer Beekeeping and Beehive making workshops to refugees
- Provide support in setting up, and up keeping hives in the council
- Beekeeping School talks about the importance or bees/planting flowers to help pollinators
Why it's a great idea:
Whether adopted as a hobby or a source of living, bee keeping is bound to advance the well-being of the participants, as bees and refugees aims to foster a community where knowledge, experiences and support are shared, and similar communities can flourish. On the other hand, expanding responsible bee keeping allows us to preserve endangered species of bees ''the native British Black Bee'', revitalise their roles in our eco-system, and join the international effort towards an environmentally aware society.
In principle participants will take part in beekeeping workshops led by the initiative’s founder Ali, understanding the basics of beekeeping and further uses of the products produced by bees – the initiative takes this as an initial step towards developing a small community farm where we can place our hives, grow foods, hold all of our workshops and make it a point of sale where our participants can sell their bee products.
Steps to get it done:
- Project setup: by acquiring 50 Beehives/Bee packages and installing them around H&F Council.
- Establish program, conducting beekeeping/hive making/queen rearing workshops
- Program expansion: Corporate apiary program & Bee products sale
- Community farm: Workshops hub/Retail space for bee/farm products
The project serves two distinct goals: first of which is environmental; with decreasing Bee populations and the risks that this problem poses, this project would help increasing the local bee population while also supporting a sustainable and organic way for their care. In parallel, Beekeeping can be a therapeutic occupation that provides some extra financial support for the participants in addition to help them overcome anxiety and depression, the project will be open to all interested refugees, with specific focus on women and young adults.
In the future, we hope that we will be able to take this project to refugee camps.
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