Helping communities to grow

From tiny community gardens to sprawling city farms, FCFCG helps grass roots groups create genuine benefits for their community. And in turn, we are constantly inspired and amazed by the people and the places that we support.

Since FCFCG was born, back in 1980, we have worked with community farms and gardens, school farms, care farms, wildlife and roof gardens, community orchards, community-run allotments and community supported agriculture schemes.

We have helped bring community growing into the mainstream, been at the centre of the rise in local food growing and picked up many supporters along the way, including our Patron HRH The Prince of Wales.

Views not shoes

In 2010 we know that the leaders’ wives got more attention than female politicians, so over the 2015 election Fawcett kept an eye on the media to see if things have improved.

Fawcett is investigating if reporting about the economy in the media, central to the lives of women and a key election issue, is the preserve of men.

Read the initial summary of how the media fared in this blog …


Britain’s hidden racism: Workplace inequality has grown in the last decade

Racial inequality in the workplace has worsened over the last decade, despite the fact that ethnic minorities now outperform white British students in education, research shows.

The Runnymede Trust, the charity behind the study, believes the findings point to institutional racism in the workplace. Ethnic minorities are also more likely to live in poor housing conditions, a comparison of census data from 2001 and 2011 in England and Wales has found.

Neil Thompson’s Lessons for Living – Think global, act local

On the one hand, it is very easy to get bogged down in details and lose sight of the bigger picture – to not see the wood for the trees. On the other hand, though, it’s also very easy to have an understanding of the bigger picture and struggle to put that understanding into practice in concrete practical ways – it can be difficult to translate that big picture into smaller, manageable steps …

Tips on relieving workplace stress

Anyone who works in the care sector knows how serious their job can be and often times the idea of fun just doesn’t come into it. However, here Simon North suggests some small changes you can make which will improve your workplace environment, relationships and ultimately your ability to cope with the stresses of the job …

Did BBC3’s disability season hit the mark?

If you caught even part of BBC Three’s Defying the Label season – the channel’s biggest ever season of disability related programming – it was easy to sense the relish of the commissioning editors. Over the past month, there have been 15 specialist documentaries, current affairs features, a factual drama and a comedy panel game show that covered topics ranging from sex and relationships to hate crime. At times, it was as if BBC Three felt they were single-handedly filling in the wasteland of mainstream coverage of disability. Perhaps they were.

In my weaker moments, I would prefer a television-wide ban of every disabled person in the country than to watch another makeover programme renovate a disabled person’s house or garden to a chorus of inspirational music …

Seth Godin’s blog: Glow in the dark

Some people are able to reflect the light that lands on them, to take directions or assets or energy and focus it where it needs to be focused. This is a really valuable skill.

Even more valuable, though, is the person who glows in the dark. Not reflecting energy, but creating it. Not redirecting urgencies but generating them. The glow in the dark colleague is able to restart momentum, even when everyone else is ready to give up …

Working towards a world without slavery

At Unseen we are working towards a world without slavery.

It’s a big aim and a big task, but we believe we can do it. By concentrating our efforts on three main areas – supporting, equipping and influencing – we can start to tackle the issue in a way that really works.

Our specialist care is the first step in the fight against slavery. Through supporting survivors, our provision gives them a safe place to recover from trauma and rebuild their lives.