City Leaders Success!!

City Leaders Funding Success!

Our fabulous and dynamic Youth Management Team have once again successfully won a bid for funding for their community project idea! The YMT have been working on a homeless kit bag project (providing essential items for people that are homeless all in one handy bag!), as part of the London Youth City Leaders Programme. This programme enables young people to sit in the driving seat of decision making and gives them the budget to help make their ideas a reality.

On Wednesday, 5th April the young people to part in a funding pitch event at the glamorous Cinven head office board room in St Pauls. The group did a fantastic presentation which saw them walk away with the full £600 funding toward their homeless kit bag project idea.

In addition to the groups success 2 members of the team have been selected to be a part of the Futures Programme which gives them the opportunity to take part in a three month leadership programme tailored to their needs and designed to help them learn about power and influence in London, understand themselves and how to work with others better and develop project planning skills through running their own self-led projects.

 

 

Moving with the breath

There was lots of colour on show during tonight’s dance session. We started the session talking about the NYDC performance that we went to see at Sadlers Wells last Wednesday. The three main themes we took from the show was breath, spoken word and rhythm. For the next two weeks we will be looking at breath so the dancers had lots of fun with blowing and creating a colourful studio.
The young people were blowing a handful of colourful tissue paper then tried to catch them with beautiful dance moves. This showed real creation from all the young people as they all showed their individual styles.

Tonight we also did our Jack Petchey nominations – watch out next week to see who the winners is 🙂

November – check for hedgehogs before lighting bonfires!

This little hedgehog turned up on our plot today.  We gave it some food and milk and it was very hungry.  A neighbour made a nest for it in her shed and will check it every day.  Hedgehogs hibernate under piles of wood and leaves, so it was probably getting ready for bed in the bonfire pile on our new plot.  Luckily we used our incinerator and sorted the wood out before we burnt it!

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Bagging up leaves to rot down for compost.

 

 

 

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Loads of muck!

 

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Manuring the beds
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More digging and weeding
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The first bonfire on our new plot next door
Digging out the compost on our new plot
We have a big, new compost heap to use.
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Beetroot
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Quince jelly from our tree.

Harvest time

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Spinach
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Runner beans

Here are some of this year’s crops.

We also had a good harvest of potatoes, cabbage and curly kale.

Winter crops like Mizuna and Red mustard have been planted.

Loganberries and raspberries were plentiful and really delicious, and we also picked strawberries, gooseberries and currants.

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Tomatoes
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Shallots

 

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Bramley cooking apple
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Quince

The trees donated by the Open Orchard project are thriving and some have fruited in their first year.  We made Quince jelly.

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Gardeners enjoying the Rosendale Allotment barbeque with Rathbone workers cooking up a storm
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The secret of growing plants is giving them plenty to drink!