Sustainable Life created the Sustainable Life Voluntary Organisation on 19th September 2016. This means any profit made on our courses is re-invested into communities across Birmingham and expanding our course range.
Sustainable Life General Goals
- Regular monthly events and courses that promote sustainability and learning in the Birmingham area.
- Community development in the Birmingham area.
- Generate an interest in healthy food.
- Generate interest in the care of natural green spaces in Birmingham.
- Teach people how to be more sustainable for themselves and thier community.
Sustainable Life in the Community
Sustainable life worked in 2016 with Highbury Orchard Community CIC, a charity based in Highbury Park where they work to re-purpose abandoned land within Highbury for the community. We have and continue to provide a range of courses at the Highbury Orchard venue.
On 4/6/17 our course leader Alan Bale ran a cob oven course for Highbury Orchard volunteers to participate in for FREE. Details of which can be viewed here: Highbury Oven
We aim to provide services not just for those interested in the lifestyle as a hobby or lifetime goal but also for those that may not otherwise have access to these resources. As such, we have a variety of Concessionary offers available for those that meet any of the following criteria:
- Carer accompanying a disabled individual
- Young Carers
- Those on benefits
- Those on PIP
- Low income families
- Charity Volunteers
- Students including Mature students
- Anyone who has needed to visit a foodbank in the last year
- Other (Please provide further information if you think your status qualifies you)
All you have to do is send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of any paperwork you have as proof of your status and address along with a list of the courses you are interested in. We will email you back with details of upcoming courses and details on how to claim your concession rate. Rates may vary depending on the course and situation, some may be a discounted price whereas others may be free.
We continue to work with the Friends of Raddlebarn who aim to improve the school and equipment for the children attending Raddlebarn Primary School in Birmingham. So far we have managed to work closely with teachers at the school to provide an edible range of plants in the nursery playground. To do this, we donated seedlings, materials, plant feed and our time to building up suitable growing beds in the provided planters. The Friends of Raddlebarn also donated 3 sacks of compost enrichment to get the project going. We also donated a variety of seeds in the spring so the kids and teachers can get involved in their own time and plant their own edible wonders over the summer.
Sustainable Life were proud to work with Teesdale YMCA in Barnard Castle on 6th and 7th of February 2016. Not only were we able to contribute to the YMCA by renting two rooms for the weekend but we held 8 amazing willow weaving courses there over two days and YMCA staff member Lesley brilliantly helped us out every step of the way.
Forest Schools Birmingham supported our growing project at Raddlebarn Primary School in 2016 allowing us to get the materials we needed for an after school growing club. They have also funded 6 separate workshops for the Kingstanding Food Community volunteers from November-December 2016. We hope to continue to work closely with FSB in Kingstanding throughout 2017 and beyond.
Sustainable Life are working on the Big Seed Giveaway project completing the administration. This project is managed by Forest Schools Birmingham and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Through their Veg Champions project (2017) we have supplied over 3000 pupils across Birmingham with free Tomato seeds including a free growing pack and complimentary school worksheets.
Extra One-off Opportunities
Trees for Cities – Spent 1 day helping the team plant trees in Walmley on 8/12/15.
Sarehole Mill Museum – Donated willow wands and calendula rods and spent a day constructing a woven enclosure with the learning officer Louise. Children will apply clay to this structure to learn about historical house construction on educational trips to the museum.
Kingstanding Food Community – 2 months volunteering at the Edmonton Allotment site and working one-on-one with vulnerable adults 1-2 times a week.
Free Seed Bank 2016
Thanks to Wyevale Garden Centre in Bournville we were able to set up a free seed bank for Birmingham communities. This seed bank specifically helped create the Raddlebarn Big Harvest Project where free seeds were given out to all 463 pupils to grow at home. We also helped to plant some of the planters at the school using these seeds.
Free Sunflower Seeds Project 2016
These are the schools we have worked with so far to provide free sunflower seeds to year 1 pupils across Birmingham. Find out more about the project in our sunflower seed blog post. We are working our way through as many schools as possible in Birmingham but if we have missed your school out please get in touch to claim your free sunflower seeds.