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MEC & Recovery Connections at the Beechwood Allotments Jubilee Community Fun Day!

On Wednesday 1st June, our team attended a Jubilee Community Fun Day at Beechwood Allotments which was jam-packed with stalls, activities, food and more: We provided invaluable information to those who attended, cooked up a storm, helped create potted plants, drove our well-loved smoothie bike and much more. We’d like to thank all who attended: It was certainly a highly enjoyable day!

Forest School Practitioner – Boro Active Explorers

Salary: £22,009 to £23,702 (MEC Band 8) Pro Rata 15 hrs (2 days) per week – 1-year fixed term

Part Time – 15 hours (2 days) per week – 1 year fixed term

Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC) is an independent charity that promotes healthy and sustainable lifestyles using the ten principles of One Planet Living. We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and dynamic Forest School practitioner who is dedicated to the ethos of Forest School in its true form of experiential child-initiated exploration to help deliver a unique project.

The Forest School practitioner will work on the Boro Active Explores project; an initiative to engage children, families, schools and communities with their local environment, increasing physical activity, improving mental-wellbeing and reconnecting them with the natural environment through outdoor learning.  Forest Schools offers a unique and exciting way to deliver and complement learning in the outdoors, as well as building social and life skills and increasing physical activity.

This role will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of the project and planning, leading and delivering dynamic forest school and outdoor activities in a range of settings with schools, community groups and young people in innovative and exciting ways. It will involve working with schools to promote Forest School and outdoor learning within the Create Active School Framework, promoting outdoor learning across the school curriculum.

The ideal candidate will have, or be working towards, a Forest School qualification (Level 2 or Level 3), will have experience of delivering and facilitating child-centred and group-initiated activities and will also have a strong background in working in outdoor educational settings with a range of people, but specifically young people. Knowledge and previous training in safeguarding and child protection is also a requirement, as is experience in creating and implementing dynamic risk assessments.

If you feel that you have the skills and attributes for this position, then we would like to hear from you. For further details, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification at the foot of this post. To apply, please download an application form at the foot of this post. Alternatively, contact Middlesbrough Environment City via e-mail at or via telephone at 01642 579820.

Closing Date: 12pm – Wednesday 13th July 2022

Interview Date: Monday 18th July 2022

Our Active Travel team are 1st 4 Sport with Bikeability!

Our utterly fantastic Active Travel team (Who are putting in the good work this #WalkToSchoolWeek teaching children how to safely cross the road and teaching Bikeability to help children safely cycle!) have attained their 1st 4 Sport certifications for Instructing Cycle Training! This certification is a necessity to teach Bikeability (Becoming mandatory on 31st March 2024), so our team managed to pass and complete their qualifications quickly and early, meaning they’ll be teaching Bikeability for a good while yet! Fantastic work, team!

Happy 30th Anniversary to MEC!

MEC had an absolutely fantastic 30th Birthday celebration on May 6th, attended by past and present members of staff, board members, special guests and more! We’ve attached a gallery highlighting the guests, the speeches and more: It was a fantastic day for reflection, and hopefully we’ll be celebrating more anniversaries to come!

Rooted in Nature at Ormesby Hall

Rooted in Nature is a fantastic project, supporting wellbeing for those referred to us via their GPs, by providing them with advice, care and general guidance, as well as nature-based activities and other such activities to help improve wellness.This image is from some happy participants in the programme, following a quiet walk through Ormesby Hall!

The quiet walk was great for health, both physical and mental, and provided a way to connect with the great outdoors with getting involved in much hustle and bustle!

We’ll be sharing a lot more from this project in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled: This two year project, which started at the beginning of 2022, is definitely working wonders for those who need it most!

Katie & Hajar with John Kabuye from Ubuntu!

Here are dietetic students Katie & Hajar from Teesside University, who have worked tirelessly with us on an internship with Joe Dunne, presenting John Kabuye from Ubuntu Multicultural Centre CIC ( with a poster for their EcoShop customers! The piece of work specialised in African Food and Nutrition and includes the African & Caribbean Eatwell Plate as an easy visual guide in regards to what a healthy diet should consist of. Excellent work from Katie and Hajar here!

For more information on EcoShops in your local area, please visit!


A successful Albert Park Easter Day!

A massive thank you to everybody who showed up to the Albert Park Easter day: It was a successful outing for us here at MEC! Our Eco-shop was a huge hit, almost running out of produce, our Affordable Warmth team dispensed a lot of advice and free lightbulbs, our Smoothie Bike never stopped spinning and dispensing smoothies, and our stalls for Rooted in Nature and Climate Action Middlesbrough alongside Actes Employability made for a lot of entertainment and got a lot of people thinking, particularly Dwiti’s stall in regards to water waste!

Albert Park was absolutely thrumming with people and energy, and we were glad to see so many people there. It was awe-inspiring and made us so ecstatic to see so many of you around! Keep an eye out on our social media: we’ll be at more events soon and we can’t wait to get out in the community more and host more of these events on your doorstep!

Hemlington Clean Sweep!

We were busy out at the Hemlington Clean Sweep, with many members of the public rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in to help clean up in and around the Hemlington area, including Hemlington Lake! Please enjoy some photographs of our view of the day of action, where we tackled a stretch of the Blue Bell Beck: The things we found, my goodness, we could start an entire thrift shop! Our favourite find, as you can see in our first picture, was a large plush unicorn: Not so magic anymore, we’re afraid!

Needless to say, it was a fantastic day out, part of Middlesbrough Council’s Big Green Week alongside partners including Linx Youth Project, and we’re happy to see that Hemlington is now looking somewhat cleaner!

Putting in the good work at P.D Ports!

Food often goes to landfill: It’s a sad fact of life, and one that costs the planet just as much as it costs our wallets. Supermarkets, if they have too much food, will often let a lot of good food go to waste: Food that is perfectly edible and can be used to fill bellies instead of bins!

We managed to collect a lot of pallets from P.D Ports, filled with tons of biscuits! Thanks to P.D Ports and our lovely staff (Pictured here are James and Rachael, hard at work!), these surplus biscuits won’t be clogging up landfill and contributing to excess waste: We collected the pallets and now they’re out in our local networks to be distributed to people! Cheers, we’ll raise a cuppa to that!

Get involved in the Grove Hill Big Clean-Up!

People of Grove Hill: Your community needs you! Community action days, litter picking, tree planting and more, there’s a Big Clean-Up going on with a partnership involving Thirteen, Linx, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Middlesbrough Council and more! Find out more through the leaflets attached in this post!