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Health for Life looks forward

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It's been a busy summer in Birmingham with the Health for Life in the community programme developing more new sites, working with lots of new groups as well as publishing our end of year report for year 2 of the programme.

We have run 292 Green Gym® sessions, involving over 500 people, distributed over 23,000 packets of seeds, enabling families to grow at home, and distributed over 2,500 of our food growing guides with information on food growing and healthy eating.

Across south Birmingham, we are now running activities at sites in Weoley Castle, Northfield, Longbridge, Selly oak, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Bartley Green. We are always on the look out for new volunteers, so why not take a look at our local volunteer opportunities and find out more.

Copies of our year 1 and 2 reports will also shortly be available on our web page, or why not drop us an email for your FREE food growing guide and seeds?  All our seeds are easy to grow at home.

Looking forward to the autumn and winter, we have lots of work days planned with our corporate sponsors and other groups.  We have Green Gyms at our sites on many days of the week.  In January we are planning a weekend of tree planting activity as part of the Big Tree Plant, with the opportunity to burn off those extra Christmas pounds with some outdoor exercise.

We will also be welcoming 2 new members to the team, A Natural Networks Trainee in partnership with Birmingham City Council, starting in January 2015, and hosting a 2 day a week Project Officer from the Urban Orchards Project, to develop lots more community orchards in the Birmingham area.

If you want to join in any of our activities, with Health for Life in the community, The Big Tree Plant, or even develop something new, please get in touch via west-midlands@tcv.org.uk