BLooM - Connecting with Nature

Funded on Spacehive 16 March 2021

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BLooM - Connecting with Nature

Cordwainers Grow By Cordwainers Grow

A series of inspiring events, activities, training connecting East London communities with nature.

Hackney Delivery stage

33
backers
£7,274
raised
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This project was funded on 16 Mar 2021!

A series of inspiring and illuminating events, activities and training to connect BIPOC and minority ethnic people with nature. We know the benefits nature has on our health and wellbeing, especially during this last year, but many people don't feel comfortable or welcome in public green spaces. (Recent research shows that only 2% of visitors to national parks were from BIPOC and minority ethnic communities). The BLooM series will be led by outstanding BIPOC nature practitioners aimed at creating safe and welcoming environments that show how important nature connection is to our wellbeing. The sessions will support people with the skills and confidence to get involved with their local green spaces whilst celebrating the experiences and environmental knowledge of people of colour. Our events will include culturally-appropriate and relevant nature walks, herbalism, foraging, nature crafts, cooking and preserving and gardening.

What we'll deliver:

  • 10 INSPIRING EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND TRAINING SESSIONS TO CONNECT PEOPLE WITH NATURE
  • PAY BLACK CURATOR/PROJECT MANAGER, PROJECT OFFICER, VOLUNTEER AND EVENT FACILITATORS

Why it's a great idea:

As a small environmental and community organisation we have felt the benefits that nature and gardening can bring but know that some people in our community don't feel welcome or comfortable in green spaces. So we understand that creating inclusive spaces will make the whole community physically, mentally, socially and politically healthier. After all, diversity is nature’s way! Through our safe and welcoming activities we aim to: - Help make more people feel comfortable and confident in nature - and ultimately want to look after it. - Connect the community with their local green spaces. - Promote and support black female and non-binary nature practitioners and champions of nature: herbalists, cooks, environmentalists, botanists etc as leaders of the events. They are people who are outstanding in their field but might not get the visibility they deserve. We want to ‘normalise’ people of colour in environmentalism and gardening so that it's no longer unusual.

Steps to get it done:

  • Research, identify and hire black facilitators for 10 Bloom events
  • Prepare promotional materials - flyers and online - and distribute
  • Recruit a volunteer
  • Make a timetable of events
  • Buy materials for sessions
  • Report back

During lockdown we ran six online events led by black women who are practitioners and champions of nature – the BLooM Series. These events were very popular and attracted a diverse audience. We’d like to build on the interest and connections we made by taking the BlooM series outside.

Location Hackney

About the space

This part of Hackney is densely populated with diverse communities and our base, a small garden, is surrounded by large estates. It is, though, also near the River Lea and Walthamstow Marshes, beautiful open spaces on the doorstep.

Council

London Borough of Hackney

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How will the money be spent?Total £6,837

Facilitator fees - £3,000 (44%)
Project Manager - £1,890 (28%)
Hire of room - £1,500 (22%)
Writing project funding proposal - £405 (6%)
Other - £42 (1%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

44%
Facilitator fees
£3,000
28%
Project Manager
£1,890
22%
Hire of room
£1,500
6%
Writing project funding proposal
£405
1%
Other Read More
£42
  • Transaction Fees
    £20
  • Spacehive fees
    £18
  • VAT
    £4

Overfunding

This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Buy food for facilitators and participants
  • Buy weather protection, e.g clothing, boots, awning, blankets
  • Buy materials for participants to take part in workshops and take what they've created home e.g compost, vessels, ingredients

Total £6,837

Our Wish List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and stuff to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Offer Something' button to the right to get involved.
  • For people to be welcome and comfortable in nature we feel that two things are essential: The right clothes and food. We'd like: Waterproof kids' overalls. Wellington boots Healthy snacks Wool blankets

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