Forth Environment Link/FEL Scotland - Falkirk

Charity registered in Scotland SC019276

Forth Environment Link (FEL) works with communities and partners across Forth Valley on environmental and food issues. Covering the local authority areas of Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk, FEL combines environmental education and awareness with project support through the Stirling Cycle Hub; Grow Forth, local food initiative; Forth Valley Orchards programme and the Zero Waste Communities project.

FEL began in 1989 with the aim of teaching children about biodiversity and nature. In response to community need and interest, the organisation grew in both mandate and geography, expanding to include adult education and demonstration projects.

2008 Forth Valley Food Links merged with FEL, bringing an additional focus on sustainable local food production and consumption. In 2013 Stirling Cycle Hub was formed to increase awareness and participation in cycling and cycling related activities in the area.

Current opportunities

Windsor Park School for deaf students are looking for a Garden Buddy to help in the process of redesigning their garden and help teach their community tips for growing food sustainably.

Forth Valley Sensory Centre are looking for folk to help with both the maintenance of their kitchen and sensory gardens. This is a great opportunity to upskill your gardening knowledge, whilst being a member of a close knit community at the centre.

Are you green fingered? Good at growing vegetables? Passionate about getting more people growing food in Falkirk? Project Food at FEL are looking for Volunteers to be Garden Buddies! You'll be part of a project which aims to plant the seed for healthier, more sustainable futures by helping people grow their own food and make tasty, nutritious meals with it. Through buddying, mentoring, networking and peer learning, we help community leaders and volunteers share food knowledge and get more produce growing locally. As a Garden Buddy, you'll be matched to a community project with a garden and will be there to guide them as they develop their growing project. So, whether you consider yourself an expert when it comes to growing food or you've managed to get some herb pots going and grown some garden veggies – we want to hear from you! How you support and how much time you commit is completely up to you and who you’re matched with. It could be 1 hr a month where you have a monthly planning session over coffee, it could be ad-hoc remote advice, or it could be a couple of hours a week/month of hands-on involvement in the growing process. If you don't quite consider yourself an expert, this could even be an opportunity to learn alongside your community project if you are looking to build on your own skills and knowledge

FEL Scotland, a climate action charity, is running a Supper Club weekly throughout the winter months, (11th January-25th April). This is a community meal designed to bring people together to have a delicious, warming, healthy, sociable meal during the darkest season. We are hoping to welcome people from the whole community, from kids to grandparents and everyone in between. We need your help on Thursdays, 3.30pm to 8pm, at Falkirk Baptist Church from 11th January to the 25th April, and we ask that volunteers commit to at least four Thursdays. Volunteers will be asked to cook and serve the food (the food will be simple but experience is preferred), and to make our guests feel welcome. We also need volunteers to welcome our guests and make sure everything is running smoothly, there will be games as well, while the rest of the team is helping in the kitchen. Please get in touch with FEL for more information.