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.
Green Shoots will offer volunteer placements, 10 incentivised traineeship opportunities and 20 Forest School sessions aimed at families and adolescents over the next year running until March 2022. The project will help individuals gain valuable practical skills and knowledge while building confidence, self esteem and belief in their abilities. The work will aim to make a positive impact to participants physical and mental wellbeing through a variety of inclusive practical based activities designed and delivered to improve our green spaces.
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