We’re very excited to be one of the National Lottery Awards finalists for our project Fruit-full Communities, which works with young homeless people in the UK. Alongside our partners in the project Learning through Landscapes, the YMCA and The Orchard Project, we’re working with thousands of young people.
Through training sessions including lots of outdoor learning, Fruit-full Communities gives young people the skills to cultivate their own produce whilst improving their skills, confidence and health. The project also raises the awareness of residents to questions such as where their food comes from, and the importance of trees for communities globally.
Sue Pitt, ITF’s Fruit-full Communities Officer, is really excited about reaching the finals of the National Lottery Awards.
“I have met some wonderful young people through this project – they are very aware of the need to take action on the environment and welcome the opportunity to do something really positive for themselves, their local communities and the planet”, says Sue. “It has also been great to see them connecting with young people on some of our projects in Kenya and Uganda and realising that they are part of a global movement for change.”
Situated in 50 centres for the homeless across the country, Fruit-full Communities is also engaging with communities in the localities by transforming the grounds into beautiful and inspiring places to visit. Local residents are getting involved in activities with the young people, which breaks down the stigma of the homeless in society.
Vote for Fruit-full Communities!
We need your votes to win this year’s National Lottery Awards! Watch the video, which explains the project in participants own words, and vote for Fruit-full Communities via this link.