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Sustainable Urban Gardening - EVS
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The4Cs, a UK based registered charity and an accredited host organisation, proposes hosting EVS volunteers at their newly acquired garden project with plenty opportunities for Sustainable Development ideas. The overall aim being to develop capacities, networks, good practice learning and developing future project ideas, in an attempt to encourage young people to engage in farming. This is an idea born after the4Cs successfully hosted a CME in UK in October 2015, an event which brought together youth leaders and youth workers passionate about nature and the overall concept of sustainable living.Our experience in the field of sustainability and that of partner promoters show that sometimes small initiatives can bring huge impact and result in lasting changes. Therefore, we wish to share our experience further and learn from fellow organisations and individuals around Europe. We are sure that by exchanging methods, ideas and coming up with joint initiatives, we might also bring a new value to youth work activities as such.Additionally, in order to make the experience even more real and closer to the topic of farming, participants will do study visits to: i) local farms and urban garden projects like Byker Ouseburn Farm in Newcastleii) income generating projects related to farming, like Anaerobic Digestion plantsThese are places which we already work with at the local level and will allow participants to witness the implementation of the actual farming and sustainability projects. We are convinced that the visits will add greater value to our discussions on the future projects to be undertaken together and will aid the exchange of best practices brought from various continent. The project is expected to give the participants some soft outcomes including:- Increased knowledge about farming and confidence to develop/improve organisations projects related to farming/gardening activities- Awareness raising on environmental issues, hence promoting green living and sustainability- Opportunity to explore other employment opportunities which are farming and/or environment related- Improved health lifestyles Additionally, the project will leave EVS volunteers with new lasting friendships and some unique intercultural and European experience that are expected to promote their European identity, tolerance and cultural understanding.

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