FAQs

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What is a Get Together?

A Get Together is any event, big or small, that brings people together using the power of good food. If generations have the chance to come together to grow, share food or cook, it’s a Get Together.

How do I get involved?

Simply register and we’ll send you a free event pack with everything you need to get started – posters, recipe ideas, games for all ages and much more!

When do Get Togethers take place?

You can host a Get Together any time of year. Take a look at our upcoming events calendar for some ideas to get you started. 

Is there any funding available?

We are taking applications throughout the year for small grants in certain areas. Find out more here.

Why are Get Togethers important and how can I measure my impact?

We know that younger people are becoming more disconnected with where their food comes from. We also know that there aren’t many opportunities for older and younger people to bond. A Get Together is the chance to show different generations that we can all grow, cook and eat together. 

We’ll send you an evaluation poster as part of your event pack so you can see what a difference your Get Together has made. Hear from people who’ve already held a Get Together.

How do I cater for people with food allergens and intolerances?

We have created an easy guide to food safety, including information on food hygiene, keeping food safe, and allergen information. Register your Get Together to access this free resource.

What do I need to consider for safeguarding?

We’ve worked with our partners Linking Generations Northern Ireland to bring together all you need to know about safeguarding. To access this free resource, register your Get Together.

How does Food for Life Get Togethers fit with Eden Project Communities, The Big Lunch event?

Eden Project is a national partner of Food for Life Get Togethers. As part of their Eden Project Communities work, they hold an annual event each June called The Big Lunch which is all about bringing people together and making connections, so it’s a natural partner for Get Togethers. 

You can register your Get Together as a Big Lunch here.

What if I don’t have space to grow anything?

Even small spaces can be used successfully. Larger spaces are often available in local community gardens, allotments or on farms. Building bridges to community organisations is what Get Togethers is all about, so if you’re a school with a small space, why not contact your local allotment?

What if things go wrong in my garden?

They do, of course. With seeds and weeds, pests, wind, drought and rain to contend with, there’s always something that won’t quite go to plan. What matters most is the care that you take, and what you learn from the experience. This can be an ideal point for discussion, and an optimum time to get a gardening expert from the community on board to lend advice. 

Who will look after the plants when I’m not around?

Of course, plants keep on growing and will sometimes need watering and picking. Whether you’re gardening in a school or in a community space, a rota of adults who are up for checking on the plants every now and again is a great idea. You may need to pay them in kind – or in crops!

How can I share what we’re doing?

We’d love to hear about your event, and so would our growing community of Get Togethers participants. Share your photos and stories on social using #FFLGetTogethers and check the hashtag to get inspiration for your event.


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