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Grow Leader Course - 12 weekly sessions

  • Thursday, 22 March, 2018 - 09:00 to Thursday, 22 March, 2018 - 09:00
  • Feed Bristol, 158 Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HB
  • Bristol
  • Matt Cracknell
  • 01179177270
  • timeframe and costs
  • Target audience:

    - Employees working on community projects from support assistants and project officers to project managers (course structured to engage a range of levels)
    - Volunteers in existing projects looking to progress by demonstrating practical management techniques, facilitator skills and self-reflective learning
    - People interested in starting a new wildlife gardening or food growing project
    - People looking for an inspirational change career


The course aims to support more people to become effective facilitators to engage a range of people in ecological land management and food growing. With a focus on how to develop projects and activities where people and wildlife can thrive in a productive food growing setting.

Aims and objectives:

- Deliver a hands-on practical course with lots of tools and techniques that can be directly applied to land based projects with a holistic approach to engaging people in an ecologically productive setting
- To increase skills and understanding in organic food growing, wildlife conservation, social care and ecological land management
- To enable participants to take the lead in planning and delivering practical activities with a wide range of target groups with different needs
- To give people tools to become an effective and engaging facilitator or tutor
- To increase confidence in larger scale garden planning and ecological land management
- To enable participants to write necessary policies, risk assessments and activity plans


The three core themes will be delivered over 12 sessions:
Food Growing
Community Engagement
Ecology and conservation.
All are interlinked with a holistic approach to community agro-ecology project management. Each includes the core principles of planning/management/review, how to be an effective tutor, and working with a range of people with different needs.

Each day is split between theory and hands on practicals, where we explore the inspirational site. Once into the swing of things students will be expected to develop and deliver practical sessions.

We give you access to our course Google Drive and Grow Leader forum. This is so you can start to network as well as share knowledge and experience with a range of people that have been on other courses at Feed Bristol.

This is non accredited course but it is formally structured and you will receive an official Avon Wildlife Trust Certificate on completion.

Delivery timeframe and costs
12 full day sessions (9.00 – 4.30) every Thursday.

Thursday 22 March; Thursday 29 March; Thursday 5 April; Thursday 12 April; Thursday 19 April; Thursday 26 April; Thursday 3 May; Thursday 10 May; Thursday 17 May; Thursday 24 May; Thursday 31 May; Thursday 7 June.

There are 18 places on the course available (different tiers have limited places to enable us to run the course – if lower levels are full you may be able to go for the higher tier):

Individuals earning over £15,000 - £600
Individuals earning less than or equal to £15,000 - £450

Grow Leader Placement volunteers - free (please email to find out about the placement opportunity).

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