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Volunteer Week 2021

There’s a lot kicking off in June, and this week marks the beginning of Volunteers Week! From the 1st to the 7th of June, we will be celebrating our amazing volunteers who, without them, we’d be well and truly lost!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our amazing volunteers across all of our projects: Without all of you, we would not be able to carry out our work and make such a difference to the environment and communities within Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas!

Throughout this week, we will be highlighting some of the fantastic volunteer groups we are currently working with and ways that people can get involved.
Again, a HUGE thank you to all our volunteers, past and present who make such a difference to our town!

Forest Schools Taster Sessions for Half Term

Aged 16-24 and not currently in employment? Are you a refugee or asylum seeker? Are you Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethic group?

Families, groups or individuals of those above groups: If you’re interested in connecting with nature, why not try one of our Free Forest School taster sessions?

We have two 2 hour sessions available on Tuesday 1st June here at our site on Sandy Flatts Lane: A morning session will take place between 10am and 12pm and an afternoon session will take place between 1pm and 3pm.

Spaces are limited and must be pre-booked!

For more information, call Nicky on 01642 579839 or 01642 579820


SPECIAL funding is up for grabs to help keep homes toasty all year round.

The Tees Valley Warm Homes Fund is sharing out more than £6 million to install brand new central heating systems – free of charge.

The initiative – led by Stockton Borough Council – is part of a national fund established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions.

And  this week one happy beneficiary described how his new central heating system had transformed his home, and urged others in need to contact the project.

Allan Walker (pictured), who has lived in his North Ormesby home since the 1950s, waved goodbye to costly and inefficient storage heaters and an ageing immersion heater.

In their place are a brand new gas-powered combi boiler central heating and hot water system fitted by the Warm Homes Fund.

The 93-year-old said: “It’s really made a big difference – I can now walk around the whole house and do things in all the rooms which I couldn’t do before.

“I’ve got new radiators in every room and the new boiler is much more efficient than the old immersion heater.

“I’d urge anyone who thinks they might qualify to make the call and see how their home could be transformed.”

To qualify, residents must meet the following criteria:

  • The property must not currently have central heating installed
  • The property must be in Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough or Redcar & Cleveland
  • The applicant must either own the property or have the permission of the owner

Someone living in the property must either be in receipt of qualifying benefits, have a low household income and high energy bills or have a low household income and be vulnerable to the effects of the cold.

Councillor Ashley Waters, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Regeneration, said: “It’s easy to take for granted, but an efficient and economical central heating system is crucial for health and well-being.

“Too many people still slip through the net, and that’s where this brilliant scheme has the power to transform lives.

“I’d urge anyone need to check if they’re eligible as soon as possible – you’ve nothing to lose, and it could save you a fortune.”

The scheme operates on a first-come, first-served basis, and applications will close once all the funds have been allocated.

To find out if you qualify and to arrange a survey call 01642 526100 (lines open Mon-Thurs 8.30am-5pm, Fri 8.30am-4.30pm) or visit

Earth Day Action w/ The Friends of Arty Path

An exciting day for CommUNITY Actions & One Planet Pioneers! Our teams have been busy spending the day supporting a new group ‘The Friends of Arty Path’ who would like to restore the historical site into its former glory, and what better day to do it than on Earth Day? Earth Day is celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The friends of Arty Path with the support from MEC projects will be helping to clear the area, planting native flowers & reinstating the path to help it look glorious once again! Local interest has already been fantastic, with over 12 people volunteering on the day and even getting support from the Local Authority, and we would always welcome more! If you are interested in getting involved at similar events, please contact us directly or contact Sue from the Friends of Arty Path at or visit their group on Facebook at!

Over 2 TONNES of green wasted shifted, 10 wheelbarrow loads of firewood on their way to the Scouts, and an entire cage van filled with general waste: Definitely a very busy day and, once again, a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped take part!