With advice and support from the London Advisory Group the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens has secured funding from the City Bridge Trust to deliver a programme of mentoring and training, and to gather evidence across the network of benefits to the people you work with, and the environment, for use in promoting your work; FCFCG are now looking for Expressions of Interest from experienced member groups to deliver the mentoring and training work, alongside a dedicated worker who will be appointed as soon as possible in the new year (interviews 6 February 2017).
The mentoring and training targets are:
- Training, networking and ongoing support in volunteer programme management (including in appropriate support mechanisms) for up to 80 city farms and community gardens over the 3 years;
- Training, networking and ongoing support in financial (and associated risk) management and income diversification for up to 80 city farms and community gardens, including specific guidance on fundraising, securing contracts and other means of generating income, over 3 years.
FCFCG are looking for 8 member groups with suitable staff (or volunteer) expertise to each mentor/support – on average – 10 less experienced groups spread over a 3-year period, mainly in your area but some may be located across London. They are also looking for 4 member groups with suitable staff (or volunteer) expertise to deliver training. This is an opportunity for members to deliver services to other community gardens and farms, and to be paid a fee.
FCFCG and the 3-day week Project Officer will liaise with you to develop the mentoring and training, and to market the programme, with delivery dates set by mutual agreement (either at your site or elsewhere) starting late summer 2017. Mentoring/support will be demand-led.
There is a budget of:
- Up to 6 day’s mentoring/advice work each year @£280/day (18 days over the 3 years), and
- £500 each for preparation and delivery of 3 training days each year (9 courses in total).
- There will in addition be travel, training materials and venue costs.
Determining who will provide the services:
FCFCG are encouraging members to submit an Expressions of Interest. Please return by 10 January 2017. This will be analysed, and further information sought if necessary, followed by a site visit to ensure that you are fully aware of the responsibilities and opportunities; a final decision will be made by FCFCG and the London Advisory Group. All FCFCG members are eligible to apply.
Ian Egginton-Metters, Assistant Director, Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
Download: FCFCG Expression of Interest (.doc)