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Evergreening the elderly, the story of Rootless Garden

Pic: Frances. The Rootless Garden team; Daniela Cabral, Nadia Daghistani and Indie Shergill.

By Adrian Whyatt.

A day centre garden once in need of some fresh energy is now surrounded by a riot of colourful pots and plants in full bloom. And happy smiling members.

How did this come about?

A small group of gardeners from the centre joyously painted and planted them, with support, tuition and materials from Rootless Garden. The social enterprise goes into care homes, day centres, churches and other places where the elderly meet, such as social clubs and pubs. They bring gardening projects into these settings.

Rootless Garden are ‘micropreneurs’: a tiny entrepreneurial company. They registered last year as a company and have two directors and co-founders, Nadia Daghistani and Indie Shergill. Daniela Cabral, their Business Development Associate is working there for 3 months. Continue reading

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Photography week: day 2

 

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September 21, 2014 · 10:55 am

Week 3: Photography day 1

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September 21, 2014 · 9:04 am

Week 2: A quick personal view by Adrian

Pic: Frances Deacon. Adrian hard at work at the Big Issue online journalists HQ.

Pic: Frances Deacon. Adrian hard at work at the Big Issue online journalists HQ.

This is a quick personal view written very much under the kosh. Just 45 minutes to go and I do want to have a good break before we go, because I haven’t really managed to have one yet.

We’ve learnt, or maybe in some cases re-learnt, how to write the basics of a news story, plus doing bits of photography for it. Stories need some of the 5 “w”s – who, what, where, why and when. And sometimes an “h” – how. Always aimed at a particular audience. Continue reading

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Government supports bill making it harder to evict tenants

Pic credit, Frances Deacon: Gabriel Le, The support people receive should depend on their situation

Pic credit, Frances Deacon: Gabriel Le, the support people receive should depend on their situation

By Adrian Whyatt

The Government has announced it will support Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather’s bill to restrict revenge evictions against tenants who complain about poor conditions.

The Tenancy Reform bill is likely to ban landlords from evicting their tenants by serving a no-fault ‘Section 21’ notice. Under these notices landlords can give tenants 2 months notice to leave without needing to give any reason. The Bill is likely to ban landlords from doing this within 6 months of a local authority improvement or hazard awareness notice. It is also likely to prevent landlords from evicting tenants in response to a legitimate, written complaint about the condition of the property which the local authority considers legitimate. Continue reading

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Week 1: Thrown straight into the deep end

Pc: Ve Perryman. Fellow trainee Frances, in the St Giles garden, Dalston.

Pc: Ve Perryman. Fellow trainee Frances, in the St Giles garden, Dalston.

Week one of the Big Issue online journalism course has flown by so quickly. While I started the course with a bit of an idea of what to expect I didn’t realise exactly how much I was going to learn.

I have never been involved in the media side in any of my previous jobs as a youth adviser and english teacher, so news reporting, writing and using social media are areas that are totally new to me. Continue reading

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Crisis launches new art show in Bermondsey

Homeless charity Crisis has launched a new exhibition featuring 12 artists chosen by Turner prize winner Mark Wallinger at its art centre in Bermondsey.

Bow Arts Open Show, showcases visual, performance, conceptual and realist work.

The educational arts charity has held this annual event for the past 10 years and this year starts on 12th – 28th September, 11am – 5pm at the Bermondsey Project, 46 Willow Walk, SE1 5SF.

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