Welcome to Roots4Life

Roots4Life is a community action project set up to tackle childhood obesity. To achieve this we intend to teach cooking skills, horticulture and the importance of nutrition. We also include exercise and mindfulness to support mental well being. It is hoped to include families, schools and community groups.

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Introducing ‘The Baker Centre

The Baker Centre is a community hub that has been built for Roots4Life by Linden Homes. (See Key No.1 on the plan below)
It is within this building, and on the premises of the Bardhill site that our programmes and initiatives will take place.

What activities will be on offer?

The Baker Centre will offer activities and events that focus on health, wellbeing and excercise, and obviously growing vegetables and plants! We have already hosted two small picnics for local families. To date Roots4Life has run a summer camp, welcomed Levi Roots and help community drop-ins. 

We hope to be offering very shortly education sessions, exercise classes, cooking sessions in our new teaching kitchen and a community cafe with healthy snacks and drinks.

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Levi and children low res

Sun rising on day of first picnic

 

Levi and children low res

Levi and children low res

Sun rising on day of first picnic

News

UPCOMING EVENTS 

A Christmas Tea Party 

Friday 10 December 2-4 pm

Join Rotary Greenwich and Roots4Life for a selection of canapes and Christmas treats at Roots4Life. Tickets £5 per person. Book tickets here or call 07470 802379 to book a place. Please email hello@roots4life .org with details of any allergies.

Roots4Christmas 
Roots4Life will be running its holiday programme again during the festive season break. Sessions will run from 10am - 2pm on from  Monday 20th until Thursday 23 December. There will be free sessions for children on free school meals or sessions will cost £25 per day. Activities will include cooking lessons, physical activity from zumba to boxing exercise as well as a hot lunch and healthy snacks everyday.  Suitable for children aged 8-14 years. Please register here
If you have any questions or want assistance with filling in the form please send an email to hello@roots4life.org or call 07470 802379. 

Eat well for less 

Interested in eating well for less, meeting new people and learning fresh skills? GCDA runs FREE 5-week face to face cooking sessions showing you how to make small changes that can make a big difference to your health and your pocket! Sessions will be running every Wednesday from 10.30 -1.00 pm at Roots4Life starting on November 10th. If you wish to book a place, please call 0800 470 4831 and ask for cookery clubs or email cookeryclubs@gcda.org.uk

PAST EVENTS 

#Pumpkin Rescue and #PumpkinSmashUpSat.

Drop off your pumpkin for composting and make sure you do your bit for the climate and reducing landfill. Please clean out any candle wax from your pumpkin before it gets too mushy and soft. If the gates are not open there will be a green bit outside the gates to drop off any pumpkins for composting. Pumpkins can be dropped off  Wedsnesday 3 - Friday 5 November.

On Saturday November 6 we are looking for volunteers to help us smash up all the pumpkins which will help them decompose better in the compost. Join us at 11 am - Roots4Life will provide the tools just bring a pair of gloves. Children welcome but must be accompanied at all times and we can provide small trowels for them to help. 

Children's Cooking Club 

Free cooking club for children over half-term run by GDCA. Children can be left with our DBS checked staff or parents are welcome to stay and enjoy a hot drink or explore our site as long as they do not attend the activity themselves as there is limited capacity in the kitchen.

Weds 27 Oct 11.00 -12.30 - suitable for children aged 8-12 book FULLY BOOKED 

Thurs 28 Oct 10.30-12.00 - suitable for children aged 8-15  book FULLY BOOKED 

Good Food in Greenwich Pop-up Kitchen Fri  29 Oct, lunched served 1-2.30pm

Join us for a free local community meal. Delicious food, great company and all welcome so bring your friends and family. And bring Tupperwear and a carrier bag as there is always extra food to take away! No need to book – just turn up! 

Please note this is a family accompanied event so children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

 ‘Stitch it don’t ditch it’ on Friday 29 Oct 12.30-2.00 - free! 

So time for a differing type of sewing now we are in Autumn! The amazing Greenwich Sustainability Hub will be at Roots4Life teaching all things sustainable fashion. Bring an old  t shirt to make a bag or learn to upcycle or mend your favourite clothes. Staff and  volunteers are DBS checked but this is a family accompanied event. And obviously you are also welcome to join in the community meal above. There are limited spaces so if you wish to register for this event please send an email to hello@roots4life.org 

Roots4Life volunteer garden session - starting again in January 2022!! 

We ask that you bring a pair of gardening gloves, a bottle of water and your own trowel and fork if you have one. And if you want a cup of tea or coffee, your own mug. We will provide hot water outside and tea, herbal tea and coffee with a hand santising station nearby. 

  • Activities will be outside based but we do ask that you register using the email below 
  • No vegetable or gardening experience  required - just let us know if you don't have a trowel and fork or would prefer sitting 
  • Gentle gardening so seed planting and light forking 
  • Access to toliets on site (santised after use and cleaned every hour on the hour) 
  • PPE, hand santisers, masks etc all provided 
  • Hot water for a cup of tea or coffee - just please bring your own mug or reusable cup
  • Volunteers will need to pre-register via email and arrive promptly at 9 am for health and safety briefing 

For adults only and over 18 years old. Spaces are limited and registration beforehand is essential and via email below. 

No children allowed at this session. Please send an email to hello@roots4life.org for details and to book a slot. 


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WE ARE HERE TO HELP – COVID-19

GREENWICH, LEWISHAM AND BEXLEY

Roots4life are here to help YOU during the Covid -19 crisis. We are working in a professional kitchen, making and then delivering meals to the vulnerable in the areas of Greenwich, Lewisham and Bexley.

The Roots4Life charity was set up to prevent food poverty and the physical and mental health challenges that are faced from malnutrition, obesity and social isolation, but we have decided to shift our focus for the next few months.

The challenge is getting food and supplies to those that need it most. Not only does this apply to those already in need, but to the recently unemployed due to sudden redundancies!

Malnutrition and loneliness are likely to rise in the coming months, so despite our focus changing slightly, we are determined not to stop what we set out to do.

If you need food or supplies, or even a phone call please get in touch.

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