Inspiralba are a social enterprise and have been able to reinvest in our charitable objectives over the past 5 years:
Inspiring Environmental Volunteers: This project recognises the therapeutic benefits of engaging with horticulture and builds on the experience of community gardens in supporting people to live healthier lives. Funded by the Volunteer Action Fund and delivered in partnership with community gardens in Campbeltown, Islay and Bute with the aim; to develop resources and training to attract 60 new volunteers including adults and young people, with a range of barriers.
Support has been provided for: marketing volunteering opportunities, recognising and promoting the work of volunteers, encouraging continued volunteer participation and supporting progression to other training and employment opportunities.
How to make broccoli appealing? How to engage with students across the curriculum on food education? Well that was a challenge set to schools in Campbeltown and Inspiralba assisted the schools to secure funding and project manage the Food for Thought activities. Inspiralba and Kintyre Environmental Group worked together with the 3 Campbeltown schools to secure funds and deliver a range of activities, culminating in The Kintyre Fun Food Festival. The event was planned and coordinated by students and was attended by over 300 children and families and included music from the Barrowband and amazing food produced by students incorporating local Produce. The evaluation has recently been completed and has been circulated to assist other schools in the area. Ardrishaig Primary have already secured funding through the Health and Wellbeing Group and local Rotary to take forward food education activities over the coming months as a follow on from the work in Campbeltown and hope to secure ongoing support from Education Scotland for Food for Thought activities.
We have now produced a short film about the ‘Kintyre Fun Foods Festival ‘, the film was planned and produced by Stuart King who we were able to employ for the project, Stuart had training in film production from the Barrowband.
Kilkerran Playpark – Jocks Boat
In response to the need for improved play facilities for children and families in South Kintyre, Inpiralba was able to assist in taking forward Jock’s Adventure Playground. This included support to the group of parents and grandparents to develop the project outline in consultation with the local community, secure funding and provide project management support to deliver the playpark on site.
The project received funding from Argyll and Islands Leader, Argyll and Bute Council and NHS with significant income generated locally with support from the local community, businesses and community organisations. £88,000 was secured for the project within a 6 month timescale and the playpark which was opened in time for summer 2013.
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