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  1. 1. TCV The Community Volunteering Charity Chris Speirs TCV Health Development Manager 16th July 2015 The Conservation Volunteers 2015 The Conservation Volunteers 2015 Community Green Gym
  2. 2. Afternoon Programme: Join in, feel good The Conservation Volunteers 2015 Community Green Gym 2.00 Green Gym Warm-up 2.10 Green Gym Introduction 2.25 Bromley Green Gym Ching Chua 2.35 Penge Green Gym Brenda Little 2.45 Q&A 3.00 Breakout sessions/feedback on the barriers and benefits to becoming self-sustaining 3.30 Reflections and actions
  3. 3. Join in, feel good The Conservation Volunteers 2015 Community Green Gym TCV - The Community Volunteering Charity Established 1959 as BTCV 11,000 registered volunteers 2014/15 Over 1 million volunteer hours Manage 2000 Green Spaces Network of 2000 Community Groups Urban Ecology Parks Local Nature Reserves Green Gym Leadership Natural Talent
  4. 4. Join in, feel good The Conservation Volunteers 2015 Community Green Gym TCV Green Gym Established in 1997 Partnership between TCV and GP 1997 Oxfordshire pilot in GP Surgery Over 100 Green Gyms in the UK 36 Community Green Gyms 1200 new people joined a TCV Green Gym in 2014/15 25% from top 15% most deprived areas 77% of Green Gym participants have never taken part in practical conservation volunteering before
  5. 5. Green Gym Community Groups Join in, feel good The Conservation Volunteers 2015 Community Green Gym Theres always going to be a need for local people and groups to look after the places where they live. The last 10 years have seen the number of people involved in local action on the environment treble across the UK. Environments for All- TCV
  6. 6. TCV Community Network Join in, feel good The Conservation Volunteers 2015 Community Green Gym All around the UK, more people than ever before are getting together in community groups to improve their local environments. TCV's Community Network already supports several thousand groups. Membership of the Network is open to all community groups, clubs, schools or local organisations wanting to work for a better environment.
  7. 7. Bromley Green Gym Thursday, 16 July 2015 Ching C Chua Bromley Green Gym Secretary
  8. 8. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens Where? july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  9. 9. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens When? Private gardens bequeathed to London Borough of Bromley, 1980s Neglected [+anti-social behaviour] May 2011: The Conservation Volunteers, LBB + corporate financial support [The Glades] May 2011- April 2013: TCV officer support, TCV volunteers, local volunteers, establishing management group of local volunteers july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  10. 10. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens Transition period May 2011 April 2013 Undertaking activities underpinning 3 main aims: improving environment for local community; improving environment for wildlife; improving well-being of volunteers Self-identification of 3 or 4 possible project leaders; TCV training [leadership, health and safety, emergency first aid, etc] Establishing constitution for community group + main roles [chair, treasurer, secretary]; adopting TCV principles and practices for green gyms [TCV manual] july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  11. 11. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens Independence, April 2013 working management group, 3 TCV-trained project leaders, TCV green gym manual, plus security blanket of ongoing support agreement with TCV [6 officer days/year] and London Borough of Bromley [contracted- out grass cutting and emptying litter bins, + public liability insurance cover] Some monies already in the bank account Access to TCV Chestnut fund grants [basic start-up] Daunting prospect, nevertheless july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  12. 12. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens April 2013 present day Becoming a community group and being a sustainable community group Sustainable being able to bear [strain, suffering] without collapse Financial aspects People aspects july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  13. 13. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens Sustainability - finance aspects bids to local retailers [eg Waitrose Community Matters], and regional funders [eg Metropolitan Public Gardens Association; Mayor of London Capital Clean-up] running corporate days [arranged through Project Dirt] sponsored activities open days [to encourage more locals to know about, and use the park] july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  14. 14. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens Sustainability - people/volunteer aspects need volunteers on-the-ground , plus core group to do work behind the scenes on regular basis, plan weekly activities, network, etc volunteer turn-over some [younger] volunteers active for few weeks/months then move [back] into paid employment; referrals from social care agencies; succession planning growing presence of Friends Forum, a group coordinating activities of 30+ friends of volunteer groups looking after Bromleys parks and open spaces; liaison with the borough; organising training courses at local level for friends groups possible issue for us need more very local people july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  15. 15. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens Sustainability - use of gardens as a local free outdoor resource raising profile within local community this years open day advertised as part of [annual 3-week] Penge Festival as well as part of London Open Gardens Squares Weekend local twitter feeds, facebook presence; links to web-site from Penge Tourist Board web-site, etc local brownie group and child-care nurseries using the park publicity in local newsshopper july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  16. 16. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  17. 17. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  18. 18. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  19. 19. Penge Green Gym Community Group/Friends of Winsford Gardens july2015 conference_connecting green space projects
  20. 20. What are the barriers to achieving a sustainable community green space project? Join in, feel good The Conservation Volunteers 2052 Community Green Gym
  21. 21. Join in, feel good The Conservation Volunteers 2015 1. Sufficient trained leaders/first-aiders/mentors 2. Take-up of key roles and responsibility in committee 3. Agreement with landowners 4. Funding 5. Supporting long-term volunteers with special needs 6. Support from a Network 7. Ongoing training 8. Steady stream of new participants and volunteers Community Green Gym
  22. 22. What are the benefits of a self-sustaining green space project? Join in, feel good The Conservation Volunteers 2015 Community Green Gym
  23. 23. Join in, feel good The Conservation Volunteers 2015 Community Green Gym 1. Ensuring a legacy and activity into the future 2. Empowering/training more local community leaders 3. Allows resources to be use to develop more projects 4. Independence less bureaucracy 5. Community Resilience ability to adapt to change locally 6. Support from a wide-range of networks 7. Less funding restrictions 8. Access to funding not available to large charity, TCV
  24. 24. tcv.org.uk/greengym greengym@tcv.org.uk @TCVGreenGym facebook.com/TheConservationVolunteers Join in, feel good The Conservation Volunteers 2015 Community Green Gym