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PlantPure Communities (PPC)'s mission is to empower individuals to build healthy, kind, sustainable communities by sharing the health and environmental benefits of plant-based nutrition.

People join Pods to support one another and work together to spread the message of plant-based nutrition in their communities, as well as have fun and build friendships. Pod members may choose to educate others in their community on the connections of a plant-based lifestyle to our health, the environment, farming, animal welfare, and food and health inequities. The Pod Network enables people a...

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People join Pods to support one another and work together to spread the message of plant-based nutrition in their communities, as well as...

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There is no funding available for this idea in Ireland, but these resources will still help to make your project happen!

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“It's the most gratifying thing I've ever done to lead a Pod. Making new friendships and helping others has opened up new avenues for new experiences and happiness.”

Building Healthy Communities, A Physicians Committee Action Network
Theresa Anderson

How to start a project on ChangeX

  • 1

    Create your project page

    Click the green start button to register and set up your project page. It’s quick, free and easy.

  • 2

    Complete a 30 Day Challenge

    Complete simple steps in 30 days to get your project off the ground.

  • 3

    Activate your project

    Follow the 5 Step Guide and your action plan to bring the project to life.

  • 4

    Share impact

    Share impact by posting a summary and photos and completing a survey.

Great for

  • People keen to embrace and promote a Whole Food Plant Based lifestyle
  • People looking to make healthy lifestyle choices
  • People looking to live more sustainably
  • People keen to meet likeminded people
  • People who want to grow, cook and eat great food

Building Healthy Communities, A Physicians Committee Action Network project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Become familiar with a whole food, plant-based diet
  • Speak with PPC Pod Manager
  • Identify a co-leader
  • Brainstorm your kick off event
  • Get Started!

Time

Suggested: We estimate a Pod Leader needs to commit an average of 5 hours per month to plan, promote and host their Pod events. We recommend Pods meet at least once a month but feel free to meet more regularly if time, energy and interest allow! Time is spent promoting events via social media etc. as the aim is to create a really vibrant diverse Pod that is active in its community and inviting to all. How much time you commit to growing, cooking, and sharing incredible food is entirely up to you!

Resources

More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the Building Healthy Communities, A Physicians Committee Action Network

31 Building Healthy Communities, A Physicians Committee Action Network projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

Welcome to the PlantPure Communities Pod Network! We want to inspire you to eat more plant-based food for your own health and for planetary sustainability. Everyone is welcome to join - whether you are completely new or already and expert in plant-based diets. Running a local group (what we refer to as a Pod) can be a rewarding way to share your passion for a whole food, plant-based lifestyle with your community and the PlantPure Communities team will support you along the way. Let’s work together to achieve improved health for ourselves, our family and friends, and our communities.

Nelson Campbell

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why a 30 day challenge?

    The 30 Day Challenge was developed by our Team based on our experience working with communities. We’ve learned that the first weeks are critical to build momentum and get off to a good start with any community project. Teams who complete these steps within the first month are much more likely to successfully complete their project!

    The Challenge is a series of simple steps that each applicant has to complete to get their project off the ground and unlock funding, if there is funding currently available for that idea in your region. Steps include watching a video and/or reading content, having a call with a ChangeX team member, forming a team so that you have support, having your first team meeting, sharing a team photo, and sharing a project action plan.

  • What can funding be used for?

    Once funding is received it can be used to cover direct set-up costs of the new community project. For example space rental, insurance fees, seeds and planting materials, tools, training fees; pretty much any materials you might need for a project that benefits your community.

    Funds cannot be used for the costs of work that has already been carried out, costs unrelated to the setup and maintenance of the new project, payments to group members for their work on the project. Funds can’t be used for the promotion of religious causes, non-charitable activities, sponsorship or fundraising events. Please read the terms and conditions for further details.

  • How do I know if there is funding available?

    On idea pages, if there is funding available for the idea in your region you will see “Funding available” and the region listed in the turquoise box. When you first login you will also see a green banner at the top of the screen saying “live funds near you” if there is funding available in your region. The ChangeX homepage will feature those live funds near you.

    A note on the waitlist: when all the funding has been allocated to applicants, new applicants will go on a waitlist. If some applicants that are in the fund don’t successfully complete the 30 Day Challenge their funding will be released and can be then allocated to those on the waitlist. To see if you are going on a waitlist check the main fund page, ideas fully allocated will have the note “Join the waitlist” instead of “Apply to start”.

  • What is ChangeX?

    ChangeX is a platform that connects communities to proven ideas and funding.

    By empowering local changemakers with proven ideas from social innovators and accessible funding from our partners, we aim to build healthier, more inclusive and sustainable communities. Our work is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and together with our partners, we aim to impact 1 billion people globally by 2030.

    • Communities: Get the funding, resources and support you need to start impactful projects in your community.
    • Social innovators: Connect with local changemakers, access funding to scale your idea, and impact more communities globally.
    • Funders: Fund the themes and regions they care most about, with measurable impact, and at global scale.

    We believe that by bringing the best social innovations and the world’s changemakers together in a shared community, we can accelerate the spread of innovations across the world and have a bigger impact. Together we aim to unleash the potential of changemakers by enabling collaboration, by sharing knowledge and resources, by connecting changemakers across different disciplines and innovations and by opening up access to the world’s best proven social innovations to everyone.

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