Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia is Scotland’s Fifth Estate. Our aim is to transform our media into a vibrant, critical mass of dissident voices; to create a space for writers and artists to collaborate and cross-fertilise their resistance. We aim to give voices to the unheard, to amplify the excluded and the marginalised, and to continue to create a space for self-determination, autonomy and independence.

The Tees Online

We aim to connect the diverse communities of the Tees to forge a united area that is free of inequality and division. We are intensely proud of our area’s assets and achievements, and seek to celebrate and champion these qualities. We recognise though that not everyone can share this pride whilst there are immediate issues affecting them. We aim to address this, through addressing issues of power, voice and participation.

Dwellbeing

Dwellbeing is a soon-to-be community benefit society and co-operative in the neighbourhood of Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne. As community members we undertake creative and socially oriented projects which build community knowledge about the issues that affect the neighbourhood including: rapid urban development, gentrification, food poverty and social isolation. We explore alternative models for organising, learning and solidarity which can lead Shieldfield (and other neighbourhoods like it) toward self-reliance, resilience and interdependence.

Permaculture

The Permaculture Responds project will make our network of projects, educators and practitioners and all the brilliant learning and practice that we have built up over the years, more accessible to more people. We will support people to get involved through events, increased communications and bursary places on the new online learning course.

Radical Herbalism Gathering & Network

As a collective of medical herbalists, healthcare activists, bodyworkers and designers we have organised Radical Herbalism gatherings for the past eight years. We’re currently offering information and resources through our website, addressing the COVID-19 crisis through the lens of healthcare inequality and race-based and other injustices, with solidarity and support for people and communities experiencing the pandemic and its effects disproportionately.

Ashburnham Place

At Ashburnham Place we are developing two sites – one in our four acre Walled Garden and another in a slightly wilder area of woodland and field; this area is called Friar’s Field. The long-term purpose of both is to provide experience and training that helps others on their journey toward gentler, more sustainable and connected ways of living.

Fourthland

Fourthland is a socially engaged artist practice bringing together diverse groups of people through creative processes that reposition our relationship to each other and the land. Working across a variety of mediums and social processes, Fourthland becomes a place that brings marginalised knowledge into the center to form new myths about land and people.

Talia Randall

Raised on a London council estate, Talia Randall began her artistic career began as a ‘participant’ in various community schemes. She’s now a writer-performer who has been building a growing following with her variety shows, one-woman plays and podcasts.

RADMIN

The project and concept of RADMIN emerged out of an email conversation about
laminating at Bristol’s Cube Cinema. It has since taken on a life of its own.
Its radical yet delicate proposal is to reconsider administration not just as an infernal condition of life but also a site for action and intervention, dark
arts, wild experiments and meaningful work.

Community Apothecary

A vision of a community herbal healthcare hub formed around medicine gardens, with a circular, mutually-supported flow of resources that are responsive to the diversity of the community and its healthcare needs. Plants grown, foraged, harvested collectively and made into medicine communally with skill-sharing and knowledge-building through practical learning at the heart of the process.

The Shieling Project

The Shieling Project is a social enterprise and community-based off-grid education centre in Glenstrathfarrar, near Beauly in the Scottish Highlands. We use the story of the ‘shieling’ (àirigh in Scottish Gaelic) as a route into place-based learning about crofting, horticulture, green building, food growing and cooking, renewable technologies, traditional skills, crafts and culture. The idea is simple: to explore the landscape’s past to help build a more sustainable, resilient future.

Social Farms & Gardens in NI

Since March Social Farms & Gardens in NI (funded by the People and Communities programme of the National Lottery Community Fund) has worked to enable the growing groups in NI to safely encourage ‘growing in their communities’ as an alternative to ‘community growing’.

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