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02 Community and free clinics - Pre-gathering notes

 

Herb bikes

CSA Model

Community Clinics

Education

1st Aid training 

Festivals and gatherings

Donations and funding

Networking with community gardens and herb growers

 

 

 

Kitchen space in Inch Hideaway
Kitchen space in Inch Hideaway

 

 

 

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Community and Free Clinics

Herb Bikes

Pay It Forward Clinics

Connecting with Community Groups and Special Interest Groups

  • Medicine making
  • Education
  • Info sheets
  • People who are willing to teach/facilitate/ share knowledge

Community education is often supported financially and is also a way to promote oneself and/or herbal medicine. Sometimes they pay and sometimes the speaker gives their time free or for a shared donation with the group

Sharing blueprints of what we have done-what works and what does not work

  • Possible groups to work with are the New Moon group (coffee mornings or other socials), ICA groups, Flower and Garden Clubs, Active Retirement, GIY, Mother and Toddler Groups, Men's Sheds, Health Support groups eg Asthma, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer's,s and so on
  • To gain confidence in running sit in and assist with those more experienced and established in doing talks walks and workshops
  • Consider different levels of herbalist- clinical practitioner, grassroots or community herbalists capable of educating and demonstrating skills
  • Have sharing information as a central ethos-herbal knowledge is a commons and property of the people rather than a few experts
  • Sharing by creative commons where one can use the information provided by those with more experience but give credit and not claim it as own intellectual property
  • The importance of clear communication between providers
  • What are our intentions in the community? Eg empowerment, knowledge sharing, self-care or self-promotion?
  • Open source groups sharing information amongst different interest groups regional groups and so on
  • Linking with community groups
  • Bringing different sectors of communities together- different age groups, social classes, and so forth. For example, refugees and those settled in a community
  • Community clinics as self-care stations example of Apollo House
  • Community clinics as a place to make medicines together for selves and the community with scaled donation according to the ability
  • Preventing burnout, make sure there is time before or after sessions to support each other
  • Structure of groups- self-regulated, co-operatives seem like good models
  • Ethics include the use of organic/sustainably grown and harvested herbs; all forms of energy (fiscal/social/ecological) have an equal value; safe spaces; clear documentation; connecting with other groups already established
  • How to be an Ally. http://www.guidetoallyship.com  other resources to help us work in an egalitarian manner especially with marginalised groups?
  • Working with addiction and holding a safe space. Involving the ‘clients’ with managing projects

Resources

  • How are the clinics sustainable?
  • People resources
  • Access to herbs/medicines
  • Funding
  • Medicine making brings people together
  • Pay it forward.. potential to be regional groups too
  • Christmas fairs and similar as places to sell products to raise funds
  • Subscriptions
  • Donation
  • Grow row projects and similar donating herbs or growing plants ( sic Melanie’s project at LEede’s house, directive provision gardens, maybe Inch Hide Away garden, Magourney garden and others… make a list
  • Processing the plants- need to collect, be able to dry and make medicines
  • An educational resource from processing and medicine making and harvesting- valuable for herbal students, herb schools, community colleges, horticultural colleges

Questions

What do people feel they need to run a community clinic?

What helps build confidence to run a clinic?

What education do people need to do so?

Funding

IRH and Danny’s School may offer start-up grants and loans. Plant Medicine School offers education and blueprints and materials. The Herbalista  shares blueprints, schedules, education and so forth

Make sure funding comes from empowering sources- mentioned was the Lush fund, Social change grants. The importance of knowing the ethos and expectations of funders as emphasised- make sure they are not looking to control the project etc.

Calendars like the one by Herbalist without Borders

Group Facilitators

Lorna Mauney-Brodek, Jo Goodyear, Colette Healy, John, Fabiana, Aurora, Majella, Juliet Duff, Lucy Quane, Delia Lowery, Bernard Harris. Deirdre Daly ( Nikki Darrell, Alex Duffy, Danny O’Rawe)

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