Growing Communities at The Roundhouse

Inspire adults & children of all abilities to grow and cook fresh produce, build self esteem and flourish! £4000 to raise to be matched!

We did it!

On 29th Jun 2017 we successfully raised £5,339 of £4,000 target with 68 supporters in 28 days

New stretch target

Hi amazing supporters of Growing Communities at the Roundhouse,

Finally I have worked out how to stretch our target! As you may or may not know, we have reached our £4,000 target, but was originally hoping to get the Green Capital match funding to make this total £8,000. We were just pipped to the post with the match funding as was in 11th place. However, still reaching the £8,000 total would mean that the project can continued to be staffed for 1 year, transforming younger and older lives and support us to make the project sustainable in the future by renting out the roundhouse to groups or business.

I trust you would have heard my cry to help a million times by now! Please share on FB, shout out to a neighbour or donate what you can. If people do nothing, nothing will happen... If people get involved, we can make real social change in the lives of many across South Bristol. Keep an eye out as we will be door knocking around Knowle tonight with our Urban Escape junior group, please say hello!

Many thanks and take care



£4,000 has been reached, lets stretch our total to ensure we can get as close as possible to the £8,000 we originally hoped to achieve with match funding... £4,000 = 6 months of the project delivery, £8,000 = 1 year... Please pledge, share and enable this project to benefit the whole community for as long as physically possible!


Many hands make light work... A problem shared is a problem halved... It takes two to tango and three to fox trot!!!
This Crowdfunder will directly pay for 2 staff to make this youth & adult community project buzzzzzzzzz...

About us 

3 years ago our youth  charity, Youth Moves, started a junior and senior youth group called Urban Escape in Knowle West, Bristol. These groups were instigated by young people who had either taken part in our education Forest School / Survival Skills programmes or were hanging around on the estate bored and wanting something positive outdoors to channel their energies!!!

Keiran wood working Max planting

About the project

Urban Escape promotes a wide variety of hands on and creative sessions that reconnect young people with nature and their community. To get real a flavour of what we do, please click on here to check out our facebook page. Together we built a roundhouse, polly-tunnel, orchard and growing spaces, amphitheatre and most recently an outdoor cooking space with our adult gardening group.

To find us at The Roundhouse at Springfields Allotments, please click on this link and the site entrance is the double green gates between 50-52 Andover Rd, Knowle Bristol. Part of the project is for young people to grow produce, learn and cook recipes and then invite and teach adult community groups, whilst building community spirit in the process. They have cooked for a dementia group, young mums, isolated males, adults with learning difficulties, brownies, ex teachers and the list goes on...
Here is clip of when our juniors cooked and sang with an elderley dementia group.

The real magic happens when they sit down around the table to eat and have a chat. The common theme to these discussions have been young people saying they couldn't maintain the acre growing space in 2 weekly, 2 hour sessions and it stopped them doing more fun stuff (their words)! Local adults loved the space and how it was supporting and inspiring young people and said there was a need to provide a similar project for adults in the area that could be unemployed, signed off work, suffering from mental health, retired etc. and wanted to get involved with the project. The adult gardening group was born!!!

Our future aspirations, why we need your support.

We have now piloted the adult gardening group for 6 months and organically created a wonderful group consisting of adults from all walks of life and with many different needs. We share a common belief that the group supports them, teaches them new skills and positively impacts on their own quality of life.  

This experience has shown that the adult group is the glue that holds the whole Urban Escape project together.
The space now inspires new young people to the space, as it is being lovingly tended too and developed by the adult group. 
For example, a daily watering rota with our adults means we can really grow produce and enable school and youth groups to also reep the fruits of their collective labour.

The roundhouse space has literally been transformed since the adult group started and we hope to make it sustainable in the future by hiring out the roundhouse to other youth, community or business groups.

adults making mud oven

How the money will be spent

However, all this takes time and we are currently only funded until July.  Being successful with this crowdfunder will give us a year to staff the adult group, make the group sustainable and ensure that young people and adults from across South Bristol get to benefit from reconnecting with nature and growing community spirit for years to come.  

The most important resource in this project is people, with your pledge we can make the Adult Gardening Group thrive...

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