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Natural Connection Fundraising Appeal

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With your support we’d like to help more people who are feeling lonely this winter

In June we announced our campaign to help support people who are facing loneliness and so far, we have raised £12,000 towards our target of £40,000. This will be used to fund TCV’s conservation projects all across the country, helping people to make that natural connection with their local community.

Throughout the winter The Conservation Volunteers will continue to use the universal appeal of nature to tackle loneliness and bring people and communities closer together.

For most people this festive season is about spending time with loved ones however, nearly 400,000 older people across Britain said that they feel worried about spending the festive season alone (Research by Age UK).

This winter and into the new year we are appealing to our donors to help us reach our target, and with your help we can. Every penny donated to TCV is always gratefully received and carefully spent and we would like to thank-you for your generosity in supporting our fundraising campaigns.

TCV’s conservation projects help people to make that natural connection with their local community which is why our campaign is so important.

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.