Monday, 10 May 2010

Hello All from The Community Engagement Coordinator

Hi Everybody...I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Beth, the Community Engagement Coordinator for The Lost Plot. Just to let you know a bit about what I do...

I work and volunteer with The Lost Plot in Chorlton. I am employed to engage with the local estate and people in the Chorlton and surrounding areas. I want to encourage people to grow their own, help empower them to apply for their own allotments and gain knowledge and confidance to have a postive impact on their environement. The Lost Plot will be running workshops, work experience days, 'grow your own' mentoring schemes and community events over the next year so please come and get involved.

As a volunteer on Sundays from 1-5pm I am able to take a hands on approach to growing and improving the allotment space so it is it's own self-sustaining ecosystem. At the moment I am working on improving biodiveristy by encouring the growth of flowers and wildlife encouraging plants. I am developing an edible pond and medicinal and edible herb areas. I am always looking to improve our soil and will be undertaking some training in May so I can then work with the local community to build a better compost system. I am also doing an introductory course in herbal medicine.

I am really passionate about focussing my efforts on encouraging people to find opportunities to rediscover the relationships between local food & medicine production, social community and spirt and believe these to be fundamental in transforming societies so they are resilient, self-sufficient and sustainable. Since the age of 10 I have on/off worked on a farm. I have recently spent 3 months WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and have lived off-grid and learnt about woodland and land management and organic farming.

I also work for Young People's Support Foundation 2 1/2 days a week. The Young People’s Support Foundation (YPSF) is a Manchester based charity working with young people aged between 16 – 25 who need support with their personal growth and development towards adulthood and independent living. Primarily we support young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and those who are socially isolated and are at risk. Funded by Target Wellbeing, I work on projects that improve physical and mental wellbeing as well as encouraging healthy eating through cooking projects. I have also worked as a Youth Worker, Family Support Worker and Arst Development Worker and try to bring my skills from these jobs into my work at The Lost Plot.

Please keep an eye out for information about what's on at The Lost Plot. Coming soon.
In the mean time you can contact me in person (see below) or on the usual email.

Beth Morgan
Community Coordinator for The Lost Plot
c/o Action for Sustainable Living
Web | Tel 0161 227 0377 | 07771202702

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