Shettleston Community Growing Project

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We were amazed when we found out that the lovely staff at Trailfinders on Sauchiehall Street had stuffed themselves with cake all day, especially as they raised £87 for our Big Shettleston Sleepover at the same time - thank you!

A piece of cake?

If you've got a sweet tooth and want to support us, we'll happily accept donations online via localgiving until the end of April.  

A great big thank you to the hardy souls who spent the night camping out with us in the Community Garden on Friday 20 March 2015 and to everyone who helped with the planning, organising and fundraising.

Big Shettleston Sleepover 'a massive success'

There is no doubt that we achieved our aims which were to raise awareness of fuel poverty and to raise money for people in the Shettleston area affected by it.

STV Glasgow filmed the Smelly Welly Club and Marion on site in the run up to the event and you can watch the news clip here.

In all, 22 adults and 13 children took part in the sleepover - here are the best of the photos from the event.

A variety of tents pitched in the growing project’s community garden and allotment site served as ‘bedrooms’ and a marquee became the ‘sitting room’ where participants socialised before bedtime. Thanks to generous local volunteers and Shettleston Housing Association staff there was a plentiful supply of hot soup, curry, biryani and cakes to keep people reasonably warm on what turned out to be a very cold March evening. Thankfully, we woke up to a glorious Spring morning and after clearing the site we all headed home………………for a well earned rest!

The quote below from one of our volunteers says it all……

The event was a massive success. Working with other members of the community made me feel great. We had a wonderful time working together to set up the tents, bring food, help prepare meals, socialising with full bellies round the camp fire and creating a great community spirit felt by children and adults of all age groups. We raised money which will go directly back into the community to help the most needy with their energy bills.
Andy M

We are looking forward to seeing lots of you again soon - here are some dates for your diary.

Our Plotholders Meeting and Big Shettleston Sleepover Information Session is on Thursday 5 February from 6:30pm at Shettleston Housing Association, 65 Pettigrew Street - we'll provide a warming bowl of soup and the opportunity to sign up for a plot in 2015 plus you'll hear about our recent achievements (including a visit from the Minister for Community Empowerment, Marco Biagi MSP in December) and exciting plans for the year ahead.

Free training workshops will be running weekly on Sundays (starting on 8 February) and Tuesdays (starting on 10 February) from 10am to 12noon at our site on Eckford Street. Come along and learn how to grow your own fruit, flowers and vegetables. Sessional staff will remain on site until 4pm on Sundays and Tuesdays to help plotholders with their own plots and organise general maintenance and preparation of communal areas for the growing season.

The Big Shettleston Sleepover is an organised event taking place in our community garden overnight on Friday 20 March (starts at 8pm) - it will be a fun way to increase awareness of fuel poverty in our community and join together to raise funds to help people keep warm in winter. For those who don't want to sleep out overnight, we've lots of other opportunities for you to get involved and support the event - come along to the information session on 5 February (see above). Look out for the official launch of the Big Shettleston Sleepover next to the Shettleston giraffe (mural) on the morning of Friday 6 February ...

The Big Shettleston Sleepover is an organised event taking place in our community garden overnight on Friday 20 March 2015 (from 6:30pm).

We hope it will be a fun way to increase awareness of fuel poverty in our community and join together to raise funds to help people keep warm in winter.

The Big Shettleston Sleepover

We're delighted to be working in partnership with Shettleston Energy Advice on this campaign. For those who don't want to sleep out overnight, we've lots of other opportunities for you to get involved and support the event.

Register your interest by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone (0141 763 0511).

Donations can be made online or via reception at Shettleston Housing Association, 65 Pettigrew Street.

Shettleston Community Growing Project and Shettleston Housing Association organised a very successful litter pick on Souper Sunday (30 November 2014).

We assembled at the allotment at 68 Eckford Street, G32 7AR to get ready then went out in teams to pick up litter and debris from the surrounding streets, green areas and paths.

The litter pickers were then treated to a hearty lunch of home made soup, rolls and puddings.

Many thanks to Clean Glasgow for providing bin bags, litter pickers, high visibility vests, gloves, brooms etc and for removing most of the rubbish we collected.

We're trying to reunite the three shopping trolleys with their owners.