Category Archives: Projects

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

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 friendsofthearty@outlook.com or visit their group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1757858234396404!

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!

Climate Action Middlesbrough

Climate Action Middlesbrough (CAM) is a new programme which aims to facilitate reductions in Middlesbrough’s carbon footprint and encourage a change towards more sustainable lifestyles. In essence, we hope to increase community action across the areas of sustainable food, sustainable transportation, domestic energy, waste and the natural environment, as well as inspiring sustained changes in individual, community and organisational behaviours in relation to climate change.

Middlesbrough Environment City is working with a number of partners on the project including: ACTES, LINX Youth Project, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, The Other Perspective, Thirteen Group and Middlesbrough Council. Over the course of the programme, CAM will engage the wider community through intergeneration activities. Young people are at the forefront of tackling climate change.

Climate Action Middlesbrough is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund through the Climate Action Fund.

Aims and Objectives

We have a number of aims and objectives in this project:

  • To facilitate reductions in Middlesbrough’s carbon footprint.
  • To create a well-informed social movement supportive of tackling the climate crisis, through the combination of education, awareness-raising, increased involvement and connectedness and delivery of practical projects.
  • To create a community – led movement for social change towards a sustainable environment.
  • To enable communities to have a voice on addressing the changing climate.

Middlesbrough’s Green Strategy

Middlesbrough Council is setting out an ambitious 10-year vision to develop a green agenda designed to rise to the challenge of climate change, as well as support and improve biodiversity in and around Middlesbrough. The green strategy will include measures such as the aforementioned biodiversity, as well as increasing recycling rates, addressing health inequalities, providing and sustaining more green transport options, food security and energy reduction, all based around the ten One Planet Living principles to ensure Middlesbrough embodies them.

In doing this, it sets a programme to meet Government targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and make the town more climate resilient to ensure we are prepared and can adapt to changes in the climate, as well as to minimise the environmental impact of Council services in the future.

Broadly, the Strategy has three key aims to meets its obligations:

  1. To make Middlesbrough Council net carbon neutral by 2029
  2. To ensure Middlesbrough as a town is net carbon neutral by 2039.
  3. To make Middlesbrough a lead authority on Environmental issues

Green Shoots Project

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) announced a £40 million fund to help create jobs and support the environment. The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is available for a range of activities such as protecting species, finding nature-based solutions to tackling climate change, supporting conservation rangers and connecting people with the outdoors.

Middlesbrough Environment City has been successful in securing funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to deliver practical conservation opportunities helping bring people together from different communities and social backgrounds. Working with ACTES, The Other Perspective and Hemlington Linx, the Green Shoots Project is aimed at people from BAME backgrounds, refugees, asylum seekers and young people to help develop awareness of the town’s green spaces, connectivity with nature and understanding of the issues affecting our climate, wildlife and the habitats they depend on. The project aims to bring together people who are interested in building their own practical skills and knowledge based around conservation and wildlife habitats. It will empower participants with knowledge and opportunities to explore their own interests in nature while improving and enhancing the natural habitat around Middlesbrough in particular becks and streams passing through the town.

133 people have been reached through engagement using outreach techniques face to face, Zoom sessions and by phone. The project has signed up 38 regular volunteers, mainly made up of people from black, asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, with twenty-one practical-based volunteer sessions undertaken, as well as nine Nature Walks. Most volunteers have shown an increase in confidence, self-esteem, improved physical health and positive impacts to their mental health by been able to get out, connect with nature and participate in Green Shoots activities, a particularly important milestone given the year and a half we have all had to endure. All in all, the volunteers have provided almost 300 hours of manpower! We also have ten Kickstart trainees now in post, having completed a variety of training modules including First Aid and Manual Handling to give them a key start in the workplace.

The activities are varied and offer an opportunity for all involved to meet new people and learn about nature, the issues the environment faces and how we can play our part in helping through conservation but also opportunity to learn about different cultures, races, and religions from around the world, the trainees and volunteers have really developed a good rapport with each other. Overall, everyone who has been involved in the project has expressed positive comments and had a really good experience, helping to do more than just offer volunteer experiences but help connect people with other people while connecting them to wider area where they live.

Interested in Green Shoots and want to hear more? Become a volunteer and help make a difference. Get in touch today!

Contact Casper Scallen
Phone: 01642 579820
E-Mail: casper.scallen@menvcity.org.uk

Contact Jade Harley
Phone: 01642 579820
E-Mail: jade.harley@menvcity.org.uk

Boro Active Explorers

Boro Active Explorers is a free-to-access collaborative project delivered in partnership by ourselves at Middlesbrough Environment City, Community Ventures -and Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency, delivering Forest School family sessions, CPD training to volunteers and teachers plus physically-active school holiday sessions to primary age children.

This project is part of the “You’ve Got This“ delivery pilot funded by Sport England, which aims to transform the delivery of physical activity in the South Tees area.

If any families or schools in the Thorntree, Brambles Farm or North Ormesby area would to get involved or find out more they can contact the team via the Boro Active Explorers Facebook page, or call Rachel at Community Ventures on 01642 989254.

These images in particular show the wonderful Johansen-Berg family taking part in a Park-to-Park Walk!