Vero's reflections on being Education & Community Chef at Global Generation

Vero's reflections on being Education & Community Chef at Global Generation

When people ask me: 'What do you do at the Skip Garden?' I hesitate to answer. The simple and direct answer always seems to merely scrape the surface of what we are attempting to do at the Skip Garden. On a practical level, we are constantly finding new ways to open up the Skip Garden and welcome those who may not have access to similar spaces in the concrete jungle we call home.

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Making time together

Making time together

Every few months at Global Generation, our entire team of seventeen staff takes a day out of the Skip Garden to connect with each other and with our work. These staff away days are very important to us as an organisation as they give us a chance to reflect on our core values and how we use them in our day-to –day practise as well as a chance to spend time together as a group outside of everyday work.

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Daniel, 15, on his work experience placement

Daniel, 15, on his work experience placement

Every academic year, we host work experience placements for secondary school students, ensuring that we provide them with a meaningful opportunity to learn in a real-world work context. Here, Year 10 student Daniel writes about his placement with us: "I can honestly say that compared to literally any of my friends’ work experiences, I’ve done so much."

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Evolving Canada Water

Evolving Canada Water

In the Paper Garden we have used storytelling, to draw out the stories of the past and evoke
the stories of what might be. Others involved in the changing face of this part of London, are
also working with stories. In Canada Water, British Land and historian Sarah Yates, have
been gathering stories from local people, about the cultural history of the area. This is one of
the ways community is being kept at the heart of what, in the wrong hands, could all too
easily become yet another anodyne commercial development.

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A celebration of seeds and life

A celebration of seeds and life

On Saturday 3rd February, people gathered in the Skip Garden to celebrate seeds, new potentials and life.  The day coincided with the re-opening of the Skip Garden and cafe after our Christmas and January hibernation. It also coincided with the celebration of Imbolc, the half way point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, which for thousands of years has celebrated hope, new life and new beginnings.

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Lupercalia Supper Club

Lupercalia Supper Club

At the Skip Garden we love to celebrate the stories behind our food, weave history and tradition into our menus as well as seasonality and sustainability. All of these things featured in our February supper club, honouring the ancient festival of Lupercalia. We chose to mark the event on the same evening as a rather well know saint’s day, honouring a priest best known for conducting secret marriages.

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A Thousand hands

A Thousand hands

This term, the new project for our Youth division, named ‘A Thousand Hands’, started. The project gives the opportunity for young people from the borough of Islington to connect with, and make a difference to their local community by co-designing their own projects. This cohort of young people, who last term had taken part in our Generator Program, decided that they wanted to explore their interests in helping vulnerable people. Read more...

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Sharing our traditions in the Skip Garden

Sharing our traditions in the Skip Garden

I love it when the Skip Garden comes alive with the colours and flavours of heritage and seasonal rituals, writes Youth Programmes Manager Rachel Solomon. To me, it always speaks of how we are all connected, rather than different, because, at the heart of all these different customs, the values are all the same – the sharing and togetherness as well as the passing down of heritage and connecting with our ancestors is something we all do in our own unique ways.

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Delft comes to Southwark

Delft comes to Southwark

Deep in the Sands Museum picture archives we discovered fading photographs curled and brown at the edges, writes Siw Thomas. The photographs showed delftware pottery made in Rotherhide in the C17. Once, vibrant blue images depicting birds entwined in rich foliage, the tower of London and winged cherubs emerging from a web of hearts and flowers adorned the ceramic vessels.

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wrap up this winter's kitchen antics

wrap up this winter's kitchen antics

This autumn and winter have seen many changes in the skip garden kitchen. The end of 2017 has seen the kitchen and café run by a leadership team on the basis that three heads are better than one! There have too many highlights of 2017 to remark upon all of them. Our activities range from hosting events such as the Dotdotdot campaign to reduce plastic with leading figures from the music industry to making festive hampers stocked with delicious goodies made by supported learning students working with our Community Chef.

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