Support in raising awareness of health conditions in Essex‏

My name is Gemma Robertson. I work as a researcher for a company called Pamoja (, based in Brighton. My colleague and I are currently staying in Southend-on-Sea and we are seeking participants to help us with some research to assess and raise awareness of serious health conditions in the region and I wondered whether you and your members would be kind enough to support us with this research by posting a link to our online survey on your website. We are running this research on behalf of NHS South East Essex and we hope that, through increasing awareness of symptoms of serious conditions, we can ultimately save lives. Any support you could offer us would be gratefully received. The link to the survey is Unforturnately this is such a rapid research study that we need to cease data collection by Tuesday 6th March. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries or if you would like further information on our research. Many thanks and kind regards, Gemma Robertson Pamoja 07725911091 … [Read more…]

Take part in Compost Awareness Week!

Compost Awareness Week is fast approaching and this year we will be running two competitions to raise awareness of the benefits of composting organic waste and using compost in the garden. A Poster Competition;  be imaginative and creative to produce an A4 sized poster which  advertises compost awareness week and the painted bin competition. Secondly a painted compost bin competition;  hold your own competition amongst friends, family, community groups,  allotment associations or schools.  Be creative and make sure you send  us a picture of your bin. Entry to both competitions is  open to all ages and abilities.  Please send entries either by email or  post to the address below stating your name, age, address and contact  telephone number (include school/organisation if sending as a group). Deadlines for entry to the competitions are 31st March for the Poster Competition and 12th May for  the Painted Bin Competition.  Garden Organic experts with a team of  Master Composters will judge entries to both competitions. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both competitions. Entry by post:  Composting Competition, Sustainable Waste Team, Garden Organic, Ryton, Coventry, CV8 3LG. Entry by email: Please circulate this to all of your networks and whoever may be interested in entering.   Sustainable Waste Team, Garden Organic, Ryton, Coventry, CV8 3LG. … [Read more…]

EPA Health Report on Dioxin Released After Twenty Seven Years of Delays

Today the US EPA has finally released their major report on the noncancer health effects of dioxin, which for the past twenty seven years has been delayed due to interference from the chemical industry.  Environmental and health groups across the country celebrated this important milestone. Full details on the CHEJ website, here.   … [Read more…]

Volunteer Apprentice Growers Wanted‏

Apprentice Growers Learn to grow food to sell locally and run an organic garden Growing Communities is a social enterprise based in Hackney. We run a weekly Organic Fruit and Veg Box Scheme, the Stoke Newington Farmers Market and three Urban Market Gardens. We are recruiting four volunteer Apprentice Growers. The apprenticeship runs from April to October, one day a week, with additional monthly evening tutorials. Afterwards we aim to offer the apprentices the chance to grow their own produce on our Patchwork Farm in Hackney. We are looking for enthusiastic people who are keen to learn about growing food in a sustainable way, and who enjoy working outdoors and cooperating with other people. We particularly welcome applications from sectors of the community at risk of social exclusion, including young unemployed people, refugees, and people with mental health problems. Closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 5th March. To apply please download the application pack from the Jobs page on our website:, or phone 020 7502 7588. Mailing done on behalf of Growing Communities Alpay Torgut 0845 458 4697. 07717473435