Skills for Life

If you are interested in growing your own food or growing food for others there are courses and gardening groups in the area that you can join for free. There are also courses for employment skills, mental wellbeing and basic cookery.

Please be aware that gardening and outdoor sessions and courses are often seasonal and may only operate in the summer months. Other courses may run year round.

Learning, Training and Skills for food growing and cooking

Groundwork East - employment skills, short courses and drop-in gardening sessions

Tel: 01582 720147


Penrose recovery garden Horticulture skills and support group

Tel: 01582 343 230


The Ameina Centre Support for work experience, skills and well-being

Tel: 03333 204401


Chalk Hills Academy Volunteering opportunities for food growing and cooking projects.

Tel: 01582 601221


Woodcraft Folk Environmental youth group.

High Town Methodist church, Luton

Tel: 07811209368


Lewsey Learning Centre

92 Tomlinson Avenue Lewsey Farm. Luton Beds LU4 0QQ

Tel: 01582 691990


NOAH cookery and gardening skills

Tel: 01582 726152


Active Luton Healthy Lifestyles courses

Tel: 01582 400272


Luton Adult Learning courses

Tel: 01582 490033


ELFT Recovery College courses

Courses for physical and mental wellbeing

Tel: 01582 708917

Growing Spaces

Across Luton there are a number of public food growing spaces which are free to access. These sites are managed and all tools, seeds and plants are provided. Any produce grown can be taken away for free by the individuals who help at the project and is also given out to those in need.

You can choose to dig potatoes or just come and sit and have a cup of tea...

The benefits of being outdoors in the community gardens include:

The benefits of being outdoors in the community gardens include:


• Fresh air and the sounds of the outdoors

• Company and friendship

• Being busy and purposeful

• Relaxation

• Exercise

• A weekly activity to look forward to

• Working at your own speed and level

• Dropping in when you feel able

Be a local champion

If you would like to support food poverty alleviation in Luton you can get involved by volunteering your time to a range of activities such as growing, cooking, sharing or distributing food.  As a volunteer you may gain access to training opportunities and gain valuable skills for future employment.


If you’re interested in getting involved in one of the many growing projects across the town get in touch for more information.

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