October Newsletter

What a great start to October - we joined the University of Dundee and Friends of the Earth Tayside today for the first in this week's series of events to mark Climate Week Scotland (1st - 5th October).  We were focusing on how to avoid food waste, an important part of our project, and it was lovely to meet so many people who want to help avoid the estimated 380,000 tonnes of food and drink that are thrown away each year.  According to Zero Waste Scotland this costs the Scottish public over £1bn every year.

The Climate Week Scotland events are not only for students, they are open to the public and are free.  Please look at the details in our "Dates For Your Diary" section and come along to something this week if you can.

September ended well with a very successful workshop on Saturday, on making your own cleaning products using natural ingredients.  Again, we met so many people keen to learn more and to share what they already knew and it was very gratifying to find that we came up with as many solutions as potential problems when talking about the amount of plastic in our homes.  

And what a treat it was last week to be joined by some of the children from Cherry Blossom nursery who helped us harvest potatoes, leeks, beetroot, beans and tomatoes from our raised beds.  The children were delighted and delightful.  We hope they enjoyed the soup they went on to make at nursery.

Thank you to all of you who have said you would like to do some volunteering with us.  We are working hard to get new Give Boxes out in the city (please get in touch if you would like one in your workplace) and, as most of you know, work is progressing on the Community Fridge, so we hope to have more volunteering opportunities soon.


Give Box donations sorting - 3rd, 10th, 17th and 31st October, 1-4pm, Gate Church International

Always a fun afternoon as we sort through out donations with our volunteers. Email or call us for more information.


Climate Week Scotland - 1st – 5th October 2018

  • Tuesday 2nd October, 12-2pm: Apple Pressing Picnic
    Learn how to make apple juice and enjoy a picnic lunch (bring any spare apples you have).  Miller’s Wynd Allotments, Dundee

  • Wednesday 3rd October, 6-8pm, Film Screening
    In partnership with Take Action we will present “Just Eat It”, a food waste story.  Dalhousie Building, 75 Old Hawkhill, Dundee

  • Thursday 4th October, 12-2pm: Litter Pick
    Help us clean up the campus and Perth Road areas.  Meet outside the Student Union, Airlie Place, Dundee


Natural Beauty Products Workshop - 26th October, 2-4pm, Gate Church International

Come along and learn how to make some basic beauty/self care products such as face wipes and deodorant.  You'll get samples to take home with you and instructions so you can try them again at home.  We will be using easily accessible natural ingredients so these alternatives are good for your skin, save you money and are in reusable containers - what's not to like? Tickets cost £3 and are available here.


Frock Swap - 29th November, 7-9pm, Gate Church International

We are getting together with University of Dundee and Friends of the Earth Tayside to put on a programme of events to highlight Climate Week Scotland. The program will be themed around food and waste, and will include a film screening, a litter pick, and various workshops! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details about this.


Natural Beauty Products 26th October, 2-4pm, Gate Church International

It's still a little way off, but our very popular Frock Swap is back  and we are now looking for donations of party outfits, shoes and accessories that you no longer like, or no longer fit (funny how many things shrink over time!)  You can put them into any of our Give Boxes (see our Give Box map)

On the night you will be able to enjoy drinks and snacks while browsing and will hopefully leave with a lovely new outfit for the party season.  The event is free, as are the clothes, though we will ask for a donation if you are able to give one, with all funds raised going to Lifegate Community Cafe.
Free tickets are available here

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We have been very encouraged to learn that so many of you are just as eager as we are to see our community fridge up and running. We'll let you know as soon as there is more news

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The point of our boxes is not just to help people in need, thus preventing them from having to purchase new items, but to raise awareness of buying habits to keep clothes etc in circulation for longer! We will take absolutely anything - clothes, books, toys, household goods, electrical equipment (working and non-working) - and find someone who needs it.

We would love to expand our network of boxes, if you know somewhere a box would be handy for you, please do let us know. To see our current locations check out the Give Box Map on our website.

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We are looking forward to running a beeswax wrap workshop with 10th Dundee Girls Brigade as part of their Going Green party later this month.

If you would like us to to come to any group you attend to give a talk about our work, with or without a workshop, please get in touch. We will be happy to discuss which element of our project you would like to hear more about.

Our first beeswax wrap workshop was such a success and so many people have asked us to do another one that we will be arranging one in November. Keep an eye on our facebook page for the date.

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On Saturday 8th September we opened both of our community owned buildings to the public as part of the “Doors Open Day” event. Volunteers gave guided tours of the building discussing the history and architecture of St Marks Church,and provided information on the energy efficiency works which have been undertaken since 2013 to reduce our carbon footprint.

On 22nd September we held a DIY Day where 17 volunteers helped with various building refurbishment works. We plan to hold DIY Day events every three month as these allow members of the community to be involved with the building renovation aspect of the project. If you'd like to help out with painting, building, joinery or any other DIY skill then keep an eye on our Facebook page for future dates


We are so pleased to that we now have many people wanting to volunteer with our project and, as previously mentioned, we hope to have new opportunities available soon.

We are often asked about repair workshops so if you have skills in this department please don't be shy about getting in touch. We are not looking for experts, just people who can pass on what they know.

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