As the days get darker and the weather gets greyer, it can be easy for those winter blues to creep in. But anyone who came to the Pots of Possibility community voting day on a damp Saturday morning in November didn’t feel down for very long.
Eleven local organisations came to present their ideas for projects that will have a positive long-term impact on the environment and people of North Lancashire. Each group had three minutes to pitch their project to the audience and persuade people to vote to award them a ‘Your Pots’ grant of between £5,000 and £10,000.
One by one, each group came on stage and told the audience about their plans. It soon became clear how much hard work and dedication is already happening right on our doorstep every day of the year – and how much amazing future potential there is, too. Ideas included an edible garden and community fridge in Cockerham, using reclaimed materials to make fixtures and fittings for a building renovation in Morecambe, and working with addiction rehabilitation groups to reinstate a vegetable allotment near Halton.
Once all the groups had presented, the audience had a chance to talk to each project to ask questions before casting their vote. It was also a great opportunity for the project presenters to network with other organisations and explore possible collaborations and ways to support each other.
And then, after all the votes had been counted, the moment everyone had been waiting for… the announcement of the results!
Although the results are provisional until full application checks have been completed, the projects selected through the public vote for the 2023 Pots of Possibility Your Pots grants are:
1 Global Village Cafe @ The Cornerstone (£10,000)
The Global Village Cafe @ The Cornerstone – a weekly lunch club for asylum seekers and a community cafe welcoming everyone.
2 Filbert’s Too (£10,000)
Provide free bread and baking to food clubs, offer cooking and baking classes, and use ingredients otherwise going to waste.
3 Community Ground Up Project (£5,092)
Reinstate a vegetable patch, bringing community members into the outdoors, helping mental health, and building community knowledge about growing food.
4 Local Food for Local People (£10,000)
Research and trial supplying Eggcup and partner food clubs by purchasing local crops, gleaning, growing food, and creating pre-made meals.
5 Wildlife Wellbeing Walks CIC & Marsh Community Centre (£7,000)
Empowering young and old at the Marsh Community Centre to eat sustainably and connect with nature for health and wellbeing.
6 Four Seasons Allotments (£5,000)
Provide community access to space to grow and share fruit and vegetables, create raised beds, and run children’s activities.
It will be exciting to follow the progress of these projects over the coming year. Follow the FoodFutures newsletter and blog to stay in the loop about what they achieve.