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Title Description County Country
The Apricot Centre CIC, Huxhams Cross Farm

The Apricot Centre is a social enterprise (CIC). We produce high quality food on our farm at Huxham's Cross in Dartington South Devon, growing a wide range of Biodynamic and Organic produce including vegetables, fruit, jams, chutneys, juices and flours.   Huxham's Cross Farm is also the home and therapeutic space for the The Apricot Centre Well being Service  providing therapeutic support for families and children in both East Anglia and in Devon, using the farm and nature as a co-therapist.  Where the two activities overlap we offer a rich experience on the farm for children and their families, providing mentoring for young people with specific needs such as special education, behaviour or mental health needs.  We also provide school visits, children and adult workshops in traditional rural crafts and skills, training courses that cover land and person Permaculture Design, Biodynamics and many other courses.   We have a very successful Permaculture Consultancy service on the farm and have helped design and support a wide range of businesses and can often be found at festivals across the country spreading the word of setting up Permaculture Projects.  We have also designed a number of school gardens working alongside children, staff and parents in creating and implementing a garden that is specific to the schools needs and to help support their curriculum.

We run a number of volunteer days and community events including Open Farm Sunday, plant sales and in the future art exhibitions, treeplanting events and apple pressing.

The aim of the Apricot Centre is to create and run a sustainable diverse farm, wellbeing service and business. It recognizes that there is a fundamental link between the wellbeing of the soil, food and habitat and the mental and physical health of the people in and around the farm, making for a wonderful environment for a warm and effective mental health/ wellbeing service for children and families. The Apricot centre is a small (CIC) company that cares for the environment and for people.

Our Ethos & Underlying Principles

  • Value diversity at all levels of the business
  • Follow the feedback of the system allowing it to evolve ('Feedback leads the way')
  • The 'edge' of a system is where it is exciting, creative, and where potential lies.
  • Where there is a disturbance there is wisdom within the disturbance. This allows us to creatively work with change.

The Aim of the Apricot Centre is to create and run a sustainable diverse farm, wellbeing service and business. It recognises that there is a fundamental link between the wellbeing of the soil, food and habitat and the mental and physical health of the people in and around the farm, making for a wonderful environment for a warm and effective mental health/ wellbeing service for children and families.

Our Objectives are:

  • To produce Local Sustainable Food
  • To create  sustainable biodiverse farms that support wildlife
  • To provide for and support the mental wellbeing of families and children that visit the farm for therapy, education or recreational purposes.
  • To provide training courses and consultation on how to do this.
  • To create an economically resilient business
  • To support the wellbeing and professional development of its staff and team.
  • To collect data and research on the effectiveness of these models

Although this might seem to be an unusual mixture what we have found the  underlying principles inform our work both with people and the environment.

 

United Kingdom
The Art of Living Foundation

Founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,The Art of Living is an educational and humanitarian movement engaged in stress-management and service initiatives. The organization operates globally in 152 countries and has touched the lives of over 370 million people.

The programs are guided by Sri Sri's philosophy of peace: "Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace." To help individuals get rid of stress and experience inner peace, The Art of Living offers stress-elimination programs which include breathing techniques, meditation and yoga. These programs have helped millions around the world to overcome stress, depression and violent tendencies.

The Art of Living movement has spread peace across communities through diverse humanitarian projects, including conflict resolution, disaster reliefsustainable rural developmentempowerment of womenprisoner rehabilitationeducation for all, and environmental sustainability.

The Biodynamic Land Trust

The Biodynamic Land Trust,(BDLT) is a charitable Community Benefit Society. The BDLT’s purpose is to increase biodynamic acreage for farmers, growers and communities as well as conservation, education, sustainability, research, increasing biodiversity and soil vitality.
Our aim is to secure agricultural land to hold in trust in perpetuity for affordable access for biodynamic farmers, and for community connected, sustainable farming. The benefits include supporting biodynamic farming, protecting farmland, supporting local food security, helping entrant biodynamic farmers and growers get access to affordable land and participation in events on the farm.

Gloucestershire United Kingdom
The British Chiropractic Association

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is the largest and longest-standing association for chiropractors in the UK.  It was founded in 1925 and has a membership comprising over 50% of the UK’s registered chiropractors. The BCA only accepts members who have graduated from a nationally or internationally-recognised college of chiropractic education, after a minimum of four years full-time training and ensures its chiropractors maintain high standards of conduct, practice, education and training. 

The BCA was a founder member of the European Chiropractors Union and the World Federation of Chiropractic.  All BCA members are covered by a high quality professional indemnity insurance and the Association operates a robust professional standards and complaints management process.

 

​About Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a regulated primary healthcare profession. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. They have a specialist interest in neck and back pain, but when they assess patients, they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account.

Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.

Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions.

SOURCE : The British Chiropractic Association

The British Medical Acupuncture Society

The British Medical Acupuncture Society was formed in 1980 as an association of medical practitioners interested in acupuncture.

It is now a nationwide group of over 2000 registered doctors and allied health professionals who practise acupuncture alongside more conventional techniques. The BMAS believes that acupuncture has an important role to play in health care today and promotes the use of acupuncture as a therapy following orthodox medical diagnosis by suitably trained practitioners. 

During the past few years, acupuncture has become increasingly popular. Whilst it is exciting that the range of medical applications of acupuncture is increasing, it does mean that the responsible practitioner of acupuncture has a duty to educate both other medical colleagues and the general public about the strengths and weaknesses of the technique.

Very large claims have been made for acupuncture in the past. Not all of them can be substantiated. Such claims are worrying and can alienate many people - doctors among them - who might otherwise be sympathetic to the view that acupuncture can, in selected cases, be an effective method of treatment.

The British Medical Acupuncture Society runs training programmes in the UK for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. 

Western medical acupuncture: a definition

"Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. While Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete “alternative medical system”. It acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system, and its known modes of action include local antidromic axon reflexes, segmental and extrasegmental neuromodulation, and other central nervous system effects. Western medical acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. It is also effective for postoperative pain and nausea. Practitioners of Western medical acupuncture tend to pay less attention than classical acupuncturists to choosing one point over another, though they generally choose classical points as the best places to stimulate the nervous system. The design and interpretation of clinical studies is constrained by lack of knowledge of the appropriate dosage of acupuncture, and the likelihood that any form of needling used as a usual control procedure in “placebo controlled” studies may be active. Western medical acupuncture justifies an unbiased evaluation of its role in a modern health service."

SOURCE : Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Journal

The British Reflexology Association

The British Reflexology Association (B.R.A.) was one of the first reflexology associations to be established and strives to offer a personal service to its members.

B.R.A. members may join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare (CNHC) register. CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists.  CNHC's register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.  The B.R.A. verifies applications for CNHC registration and members wishing to apply should go to the members log in area.

The B.R.A. also has representation on the Parliamentary Group for Integrated  Healthcare (PGIH).

The B.R.A. is a company limited by guarantee and a board of directors is responsible for the general business of the Association including dealing with any complaints and disciplinary matters in connection with the membership.
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What is Reflexology?

"Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients." 

SOURCE : Association of Reflexologists 

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the 'plight of the bumblebee'. In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically.

Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. We have a vision for a different future in which our communities and countryside are rich in bumblebees and colourful flowers, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy. A growing number of committed supporters are helping our small team of staff make a big difference. We have over 7,000 members and are growing fast.

The Creating Water Foundation

What do we do?

The Creating Water Foundation is committed to capture water from fog with innovative, green and sustainable projects and turn un-usable desert soil into productive soil. The only energy we use is clean energy from solar, wind and water. There are no polluting energy sources!

With our projects we want to achieve:

  • That communities and individuals from third world countries are able to get out of that negative spiral. By providing in their primary needs we can help them develop and grow independently in a sustainable way.
  • To raise awareness for the global problems like clean drinking water and food shortage, we build example projects to inspire and motivate people to get started and be independent!
  • Create an opportunity for the local inhabitant to be self-sufficient through sustainable resources.

How do we do it?

The Creating Water Foundation works in the Netherlands part of the year where we work to prepare, finance and plan our projects. We also raise awareness for the global problems like food production and drinking water. The other part of the year we work at our project locations and monitor the results. Together with the community we work on the local solution for the food- and water problems. Because we work on the projects ourselves we are able to educate the local community and guard the project quality. After the implementation the community has gained enough knowledge to maintain and monitor the project themselves.

Why do we do this?

Personally we find it amazing to work with innovating and sustainable solutions with the purpose of changing people’s lives. These are wonderful and valuable experiences. We work for the foundation with full effort and help them to get self-sustaining. We encourage everybody to make their own contribution to a better world or community, with us or with your own initiative.

The Gaia Foundation

The Gaia Foundation has over 30 years’ experience accompanying partners, indigenous communities and Earth defenders in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe. Together we work to revive bio-cultural diversity, regenerate healthy ecosystems and strengthen community self-governance for climate change resilience. Through a holistic and long-term approach working with local and indigenous communities,
civil society groups and social movements, we focus on four key areas:
Seed, food & Climate Change Resilience - Building seed, food and climate change resilience, enabling small farmers and growers to enhance their knowledge and seed diversity.
Sacred Lands & Wilderness - Protecting sacred lands through legislation and policy change, and the assertion of custodial rights, helping communities to gain legal recognition that is rooted in their traditions.
Earth Jurisprudence - Promoting Gaian governance through the Rights of Nature - recognising nature as the primary source of law and ethics, and challenging the current capitalist system.
Beyond Extractivism - Moving beyond extractivism, backing those at the front line of mining struggles to defend their ecological and cultural heritage and to build alternative pathways whilst affirming their right to say ‘no’.

United Kingdom
The Goulson Lab - Bumblebee Ecology and Conservation

Welcome to the Goulson Lab

Bumblebee Ecology and Conservation

I study the ecology, behaviour and conservation of bumblebees. I'm also interested in pollinators and pollination more generally, and particularly in the sustainable management of pollinators in agro-ecosystems. My group uses a broad range of approaches, from genetic studies (of inbreeding, population structure, and as a means of estimating nest density) to behavioural assays to large-scale field trials. In recent years we have become heavily involved in studies of the impacts of pesticides on bumblebees. We are also involved in various “Citizen Science” projects as a mechanism to involve large numbers of people in conservation and in science more generally, and also as a means for gathering large data sets. In 2003 I bought a farm in France on which to carry out large-scale habitat manipulation experiments.

My popular science book about bumblebees, A Sting in the Tale, has proved to be a great way to build popular interest in bees and their conservation. The sequel, A Buzz in the Meadow, was released in 2014 to lovely reviews - it describes my attempts to create a wildlife sanctuary in a corner of France.

Dave GoulsonDave Goulson