Growing Ideas

Growing Ideas and Wingrave School Partnership

Growing Ideas and Wingrave CE Combined School in Bucks have confirmed a curriculum development and support partnership that will run for the rest of the school year (2012-2013). This exciting new project will see Growing Ideas supporting the planning and delivery of the creative curriculum across all of the year groups for the spring and […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Really Wild Fridays

The Growing Ideas annual Really Wild Fridays collaboration with Robin Hill has started for 2011. A Growing Ideas team of six spent the day putting on a range of educational, creative and (most of all) fun activities for the general public. We worked with hundreds of families throughout a long and rewarding day. Activities include: […]

Isle of Wight School Trip Activities

The Growing Ideas primary school team ran our first set of Isle of Wight School Trip Activities today. An exciting morning of adventurous, team-building activities for the staff and 55 children from Worplesden Primary School, Surrey, made this a really memorable day of their trip to the Isle of Wight. All the children and staff […]

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 […]

Growing Ideas Business Challenge for 6th Formers

Kevin McNamara of Growing Ideas and Richard Quigley (Corries Cabin, Cowes) went to the Isle of Wight College today to work with a group of 6th form Business A Level students. Kevin and Richard have been assigned a group of budding marketeers who have just three weeks to come up with a real-world marketing strategy […]

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 […]

West Wight Problem-Solving

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Ways Forward Extended Schools organisation in the West Wight the Growing Ideas team put on a special, Easter holiday,?Problem Solving Challenge Day today. Ways Forward runs the Extended Schools programme for West Wight and brought us in to run a series of challenges designed to test the […]

Growing Ideas New Website

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

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 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 and Gifted and Talented on the Isle of Wight

Growing Ideas ran the first of our Gifted and Talented days for primary and middle school children at Newport Primary School on the Isle of Wight. The theme for the day was Renewable Energy and two large groups of children took part in a series of problem solving and design challenges focusing on Solar Power […]

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 […]

Growing Ideas and Growing Spaces 2009

Today sees the start of the first fortnight of raised beds construction as part of our Growing Spaces project – the team will be working on the Pan Estate, Newport and in Ryde, both on the Isle of Wight. These raised beds represent the first steps of what will be four years of delivery of […]