“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ” Michael Pollan
The Great Lever Connected centre in Great Lever Bolton was formally a UCAN centre until it was taken over by a collective of different community groups from the Great Lever area. The centre now helps people to look for paid employment, runs accredited IT courses, a women’s project day and a healthy eating project. Since Bolton Urban growers are residents of Great Lever and also a community group it seemed only fitting that we should get involved in some way, so we deliver the accredited IT courses and provide information and resources for people who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables. So today we had a small stall outside the centre where we gave away herbs, gardening information magazines which were kindly donated to us by a friend from our allotment site.
Open day event
The reason we put an open day event on at the centre is so that local residents are able to see what sort of services and support are available for them to access. All of the work we carry out is all done on a voluntary basis, and everything that we deliver is free of charge to local Great Lever residents. Their are a lot of skilled people who volunteer at the centre, including a few qualified teachers, a Historian, a few University graduates and care and support workers. The centre itself is supported by Bolton at Home the local housing charity, who have provided support by giving us the building facilities for a twelve month period free of charge, they also supported us by providing the centre with a Community Development worker who supports us on a daily basis.