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Newsletter - February 2024



Hi,


What's Happening at Transition Dundee?  Quite a lot this month, as it happens.Our Changemakers Hub is up and running, already getting out to meet people in their own communities to find out what is actually needed or wanted.  


We are one of five core partners and love this way of us all coming together, pooling resources and talent for the greater good. Come April, we will be ready to offer support, events, workshops and micro-grants to connect and amplify collective community action, but in the meantime we are making sure that we understand what is happening (and there's already plenty happening!) and not happening before we dive in.  There is not point us duplicating what's already out there and no point offering help which is not actually required.  Once we find out what local communities really want, we will be able to fulfill our commitment to


  • build awareness of the climate emergency

  • develop local plans

  • help groups take up funding opportunities

  • contribute to a Just Transition that is fair and leaves no one behind.

 

Looking at our workshops, you will see that kombucha is back on the menu.  So good, we're doing it twice!   So if you didn't manage to get a ticket last month, here's another chance.



Then we're on to Valentine's Day!  We love Valentine's Day, with its chance to share the love but, of course, it's another potentially catastrophic day for the planet - lots of manufactured items being shipped across the world to be appreciated for a very short time then discarded.  We'll show you how to do it differently.  This being a leap year, we just couldn't resist a pun, plus we rather like the anonymous aspect of Valentine's Day - the secret admirer :) so we're calling this workshop "Leap Into the Unknown" and keeping the exact details secret.



What's Happening Elsewhere in Dundee

This month we are turning the spotlight on to the Maxwell Centre, a local community centre and garden in the Hilltown area of Dundee.


Its aim is to MAXimise the community's potential and they do this by offering a frankly astonishing array of opportunities, many of them on their garden, which we consider to be one of the best gardens in the city.  A stroll round there is just very inspiring.


There are so many groups and drop-in sessions, all on the theme of feeling well, being well.  Here are just a few examples


  • garden volunteer sessions

  • adults cooking group

  • youth cooking group

  • walking group

  • toddler gardening

  • women's wellbeing

  • men's wellbeing

  • councillor surgery

  • Social Security Scotland information

  • snap and chat


As you can see, something for everyone, and so many chances for everyone to feel included

For more information visit  https://maxdundee.org.uk/



What's On


Introduction to Sewing

Tuesdays 6th, 13th and 20th February, 6 - 8.30 pm


A three-week course suitable for absolute beginners or those who know a little but would like to be more confident with a needle and thread

This course is fully booked





Leap Into the UnknownWednesday

7th February, 6 - 8 pm

An informal craft evening where we will make adorable things that will help you spread the love this February.  Have faith in us that this workshop will be a lot of fun 

Book your place here




Kombucha and Ginger Bug Workshop

Thursday 15th February, 6 - 8 pm

During this workshop we will go through the basics of how fermentation works. We will walk you through making kombucha and a ginger bug and give you a kombucha starter kit to take home so you have a go at making it yourself!

Book your place here




Planting a Seed

Thursday 29th February, 4 - 6 pm

A drop in session where you can make a pot from newspaper and plant a seed or two to take home.  There is no charge, but it would be helpful to know how many people to expect, so please book your free place if you can.

Book your place here




TransitionKnit : every Wednesday morning 

9.30 – 10.30 am

Our informal knitting group is open to everyone, whether you are a complete beginner or have been knitting for more years than you care to remember.

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Threads on Thursday : every Thursday 12 – 2 pm

Our drop-in sewing group, also open to everyone.  Come along if you would like to learn to sew, if you need any help or if you would just like to sew in the company of like-minded people. No booking necessary.  



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