Community

Growing Homes 2012 Funding in Place

Our partnership for our 2012-2013 Growing Homes project is now in place. This is the start of a brand new and very exciting, four-way partnership project between Growing Ideas Ltd, Southern Housing Group, the Isle of Wight Council and the Hampton Trust. Funding from Southern Housing Group and the Adult and Community Learning Grant Programme […]

7 Tonnes of Raised Beds!

The Growing Ideas raised bed construction team took delivery of nearly 7 tonnes of wood to kick start raised bed delivery for 2012. That’s enough wood for 100 or so brand new beds. As well as installing them as part of our award winning Growing Spaces project we’re taking an increasing number of orders for […]

Raised Beds for the Ryde Foyer

The Growing Ideas raised bed team today worked with members of the Foyer’s Gardening Club in Ryde to install a set of bespoke raised beds in their gardens. The Foyer provides accommodation and support for young people aged between 16-25 who are in need of housing or are homeless. We worked with the young people […]

Community Training Events

As part of our ongoing delivery of the Growing Spaces project the Growing Ideas community learning team have delivered a series of hands-on soup making demonstrations at venues across the Isle of Wight. Members of the community got the chance to watch the demonstrations and to find out tasty ways to make use of the […]

Growing Spaces 2011 Training Events

Growing Ideas are currently running the autumn community drop-in support sessions for? Growing Spaces 2011. Six sessions in locations across the Isle of Wight (Ryde, Newport and Cowes) will include training and advice on healthy cooking, preserving and pickling – all focused on the produce from residents’ own raised bed. Fruit Tree Giveaway Project participants […]

Growing Ideas Wins Growing Homes Funding Bid

Growing Ideas has been awarded grant funding by the Isle of Wight Council’s Adult and Community Learning Service to deliver a training project in a hostel for the homeless. The project, provisionally named Growing Homes, has been put together in partnership with Southern Housing Group and will achieve the following: Conversion of an underused and […]

Raised Beds for Community Centre

The Growing Ideas raised bed team today installed a selection of raised beds at the Downside Community and Learning Centre, Pan Estate, Newport. The raised beds include a couple of our double-height design, specifically aimed at supporting the disabled and elderly during their gardening. These raised beds were put in as part of our award […]

Growing Ideas and the NHS Change4Life campaign

We ran our first ever day of activities for the Isle of Wight’s Passport2Fun programme. The programme is part of the NHS Change4Life campaign and aims to help children and their families achieve a healthy weight as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. A day of outdoor Survival sessions made sure that everybody concerned got […]

Ryde Summer Fun

Growing Ideas are working in Partnership with Barnardo’s once again this summer to provide a range of educational activities, with a heavy emphasis on fun, in a number of primary schools in Ryde, Isle of Wight. The schools we are collaborating with are Oakfield Primary School, Haylands Primary School and Greenmount Primary School. There are […]

Yet More Community Raised Beds

After our absolutely fantastic May during which we installed 76 brand new raised beds and supported 76 new households as part of Growing Spaces project, we are (very) pleased to announce that a further 30 beds will be created in June. Target areas are Newport, Cowes and Ryde on the Isle of Wight. That’s going […]

A New Community Raised Bed Record

The Growing Ideas team broke all previous records when they installed and filled the 76th bed of the month (May) today – that brings the running total for this year to nearly 150 beds and that’s an annual record too. We have now given some 400 island households the chance to change their lives via […]

South Today and Growing Ideas

The Growing Ideas team were on the BBC’s South Today programme while delivering our award winning community project, Growing Spaces. Sadly, the programme is no longer available on BBC iPlayer but feedback has been coming in thick and fast, particularly from the students at Medina High School, Newport, where Kevin McNamara and Danny Giblin have […]

Record-Breaking May

Growing Ideas will be aiming to make, install, fill and support 80 new raised beds during May 2011. This represents the largest number of raised beds ever installed in a single month during the four years that we have been delivering the award winning Growing Spaces project. New staff have been taken on to enable […]

Growing Ideas New Website

At long last we are testing the new website – please be patient while we discover and work out the bugs!

More Resident Training

Today we ran our second day of resident training activities for South Wight Housing Association and Medina Housing Association. Our theme was DIY and we covered simple electrical work, smoke alarms, plumbing, painting, wallpapering, shelf hanging and answered a wide variety of other DIY related questions from a large crowd of eager residents. Our focus […]

Resident Training for Local Housing Associations

Today, at the community flat in Preston Close, Ryde, The Growing Ideas team completed our first residents training day. A collaboration between Growing Ideas, South Wight Housing and Medina Housing, the two biggest housing associations on the Isle of Wight, led to this training opportunity for residents We put together two days of training designed […]

Growing Spaces Latest Video

The latest Growing Spaces video is now available – it’s been created by Sassy Productions and can be viewed here: or by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joGIutZNK2w Growing Spaces is a community raised bed project Growing Spaces delivered by Growing Ideas Limited in partnership with Medina Housing Association.

Growing Spaces Wins Award

Growing Spaces, our flagship community project has won the prestigious What We Are Proud of Award 2010 for the south east. The award, given by the National Housing Federation recognises and celebrates good work in the community across the south east. The next step is the national final in September.

Huge Raised Bed at Oakfield Primary School

We installed the oversize, double length raised bed at Oakfield Primary School today that we planned with the parents, staff and children earlier in May. Working with families directly in their own homes as well as via their children at school are vital elements to the Growing Spaces project. We also managed to bury our […]

Growing Ideas, Growing Spaces and Volunteers

The residents of a sheltered housing project in Ryde were the lucky recipients of nearly 8 tonnes of topsoil and compost today. The team from Growing Ideas, working with a pair of volunteers, shovelled, barrowed and tipped all the soil during a day of unending torrential rain. Despite wearing waterproof tops and trousers Kevin McNamara […]