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Natural Connection Fundraising Appeal

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Let's tackle loneliness together this winter

Throughout this winter and into the new year we are appealing to our donors to help us tackle loneliness and bring more people and communities closer together.

Every day we see how our work helps tackle loneliness head-on, connecting people using the natural environment. From local parks and community gardens to Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest; from school and hospital grounds to waterways, wetlands and woodlands; we connect people to the green spaces that form a vital part of any healthy, happy community.

We want to help even more people to engage in activities in their local green spaces and we know that this time of year can be particularly difficult for many people. Age UK estimate that 873,000 people aged 65 and over don’t see or hear from anyone over the festive period.*

Volunteering with TCV uses the universal appeal of nature to tackle loneliness and bring people and communities closer together.

Please make a donation and help us to reach out across the Country this winter. Thank you.

*Age UK article: Almost a million older people feel lonelier at Christmas

Make a donation now

Please make a donation and support this campaign, it will make a difference.

During 2017, we’ve been busy helping people to engage in activities in their local green spaces, especially when they are feeling lonely or isolated. We’ve helped 127,000 people to transform 1,500 green spaces, through 15,000 different projects, from planting trees and wild flower meadows, to building stiles, clearing footpaths or creating new food growing projects.

Our varied projects are often ideas from our volunteers and TCV helps them to achieve their ambitions to benefit their community. We are very proud of how effectively our work transforms local green spaces and in doing so brings people and communities closer together.

Everyday we hear about the people we work with across the UK. This year we were delighted to meet Clare, who was coming towards the end of a long career and was concerned at the prospect of facing too much time on her own. Clare wanted a new challenge where she could meet other people and she visited an open day at a local TCV centre to find out what was on offer. She didn’t get involved straight away but soon gained the confidence to volunteer and take that first step in adapting to this new phase of her life. Here’s what Clare had to say:

I really love being outside and this was the perfect role for me, I have an interest in developing my own garden and I wanted to connect with a range of like-minded people. The social contact is the most valuable thing and I can see it does me good to be with a mixed group of people. It’s taken some time for me to feel confident and the team have really supported me, I really look forward to Fridays. I’ve done new things and got new skills, the experience is so enjoyable.

Thanks

Thank you very much for thinking about making a donation to support our work connecting people to nature. Every penny really does help!

Taking that first step is a huge achievement for anyone feeling lonely.

If you would like to join us at any of our projects across the country, please call 01302 388 828 and we will help you on your journey. Find a volunteering activity near you - just add in your postcode.

If you or a friend suffer from loneliness and would like to talk confidentially, the charity Mind can be reached on - 0300 123 3393.