A massive thank you to Radical Herbalism Collective for their gathering in London recently. My mind has been well and truly expanded!
It was an excellent day, with talks that really chimed with my thinking about who has access to herbalism in our urban communities, but also made me think about herbalism in new ways. I met some brilliant people.
Herbalists Without Borders (UK), offer free herbal care to vulnerable people, including refugees and homeless people. They are always looking for people to get involved their work (herb growing, donations, volunteering, etc), so get in contact.
We made a tea and tincture with Herbalista who operate in the USA and Ireland. The medicines created were given to Hackney Migrant Centre.
Also, insightful discussions on the politics of herbalism in relation to issues such as class, race, gender and globalization. (Plus free cake!) I'm still absorbing all the information and generosity.
There will be more gatherings this year in Manchester and Bristol, I would totally recommend going.
Naybur's Pantry is a small, independent food bank, and has a new home at Myatt's Fields Park Depot, 1 Cormont Street, SE5 9RA.
The food bank is open Tuesday 3-6pm, Wednesday and Friday 1-4pm. You do not need a voucher or proof of benefits to use the service.
Naybur's Pantry is always looking for donations including food, toiletries and carrier bags.
Contact: 07990 318 396
I've had the pleasure of working these talented coders from Founders & Coders, a social enterprise that offers free coding training to young people in London, Gaza and Nazareth.
They've built our brilliant new Emergency Food Finder for free. It's a web search facility, so people in Lambeth can find emergency food and support based on location and by date.
If you know any young people interested in a career in coding, check out the Founders & Coders website or if you have a charitable online project you'd like help with. It's been a great experience working with them. Big thanks to Lex, Caroline and Kitty!
If you need help this Christmas or are looking for somewhere to volunteer, make contact with Brixton Soup Kitchen.
Here is a list of food bank opening times over the Christmas break. Remember, you will need a food bank voucher to use the food banks. So make sure you contact a referral agency in plenty of time (e.g. GP, social worker, health worker, advice centre, etc.) For more information about how food banks work, check out our emergency food page.
Did you know that many girls from low income families cannot afford sanitary products? Because of this they can miss out on school and sports activities or have to face the embarrassment of having to improvise using things like tissues or socks.
There is a new petition taking off on Change.org calling for the government to introduce free sanitary products for girls receiving free school meals. Follow the link to find out more and sign the petition: #FreePeriods
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