Partners from Torbay’s Food Partnership, supported by Torbay Council, piloted a Community event in the Easter school holidays; aimed at engaging people in conversations about food and waste issues, via a range of fun, family-friendly activities. Partners were keen that cost shouldn’t be a barrier and also wanted to provide a healthy lunch. They were able to secure sponsorship and donations from businesses and community organisations to make the event completely free for those attending.
The team from Groundwork South provided nature-themed activities including planting of vegetable and sunflower seeds, which families could then take home and grow. They also offered eco-friendly easter card making using dried flowers, and nature themed face-painting.
Turning Heads CIC provided food-themed activities, helping families to make fresh pizza from scratch and fruit kebabs, which doubled up as lunch.
Recycling co-ordinators from SWISCo offered junk modelling, as well as information and advice on recycling and composting.
Exeter Community Energy attended to offer local residents advise and support on reducing fuel bills and making their homes more energy efficient.
There was also a pre-loved clothing and toy swap.
The event was run at The Windmill community centre in Hele, Torquay, and was attended by over a hundred local residents, with fantastic feedback from families about how much they’d enjoyed it. Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council, and ward Cllr Mandy Darling, both attended the event; along with representatives from the Local Government Association. After a successful pilot, it is hoped that similar events can be run in other community settings across Torbay during the summer.