Volunteers needed to bring LOVE back to Gorgie Farm
Volunteers are being looked for to assist in bringing the former Gorgie City Farm back to life, ahead of the farm opening its doors back to the public as LOVE Gorgie Farm on Saturday 29th February.
LOVE Learning, an education and social care charity that supports vulnerable individuals by using innovative ways to engage them in learning, announced it was taking over the city farm in January after the farm went into liquidation in 2019.
The charity is now looking for volunteers to help prepare the site in time for its official opening date at the end of the month. Activities for the volunteers will consist of organising and tidying up the site to make it presentable and safe for both the public and the animals.
Volunteer days will take place from 10 am – 3:30 pm over the course of the next two weekends: 15th, 16th and 22nd, 23rd of February. Volunteers do not have to stay the whole day, even an hour would be great.
After the site opens its doors to the public it will remain open 7 days a week and will be free for visitors. LOVE Learning intends to keep using the site as a city farm as part of their portfolio of environmental projects.
In addition, LOVE Gorgie Farm will provide educational services to vulnerable children through animal and forest therapy. It will also provide a range of professional apprenticeships and Scottish Qualifications Authority awarded qualifications, as well as organise social prescribing and wellbeing therapies in partnership with the NHS.
Lynn Bell, CEO of LOVE Learning commented:
“We are delighted to have taken responsibility for Gorgie City Farm. LOVE Learning know how treasured and important the site is for the community and we want to bring this back to the people of Edinburgh as soon as possible.
“We are asking anyone that might have been involved with Gorgie City Farm in the past, may have a fond childhood memory of the farm or that simply wants to come and give us a hand to contact us ahead of the opening.
“There is a lot of work to get done prior to opening the farm doors on the 29th of February and the local community, businesses and volunteers will be key for the farm to thrive and achieve its full potential.
“After we get the farm up and running on the 29th we will put in place volunteer activities for those looking to continue to be involved with our LOVE Gorgie Farm project going forward”
Volunteers are advised to bring lunch and wear old clothes and mud resistant boots. Anyone looking to volunteer should contact LOVE Learning at Gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk.
About LOVE Learning
LOVE Learning is a social care and education charity that supports vulnerable individuals, using innovative ways to engage them in learning.
Bridging the gap between education and social care, its defining mission is to improve the education and life chances of children, young people and adults, as well as their families. Services are predominantly provided to those who have missed out on education for a variety of reasons and it has a specific focus on those with additional support needs.
LOVE Learning seeks to raise the level of attainment of these individuals through an integrated approach, bridging the gap between education and social care. This serves to address not only their learning needs, but their health and well-being. It also offers 24-hour crisis support services.