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Practical support

TCV staff and volunteers from our main offices can often provide practical help on the ground for a wide range of environmental projects. Contact your nearest TCV office for details of project support.

TCV may also be able to organise a team of corporate volunteers to help community groups and schools with their project. Recent projects undertaken by corporate volunteers have included installing raised beds and paths for wheelchair users within a walled garden, and building upcycled pallet furniture in the grounds of a community centre. If you have a worthwhile project requiring assistance, please contact Niall Traynor, Senior Project Officer, to discuss the possibilities.

Training courses

The TCV Scotland Environmental Training Programme includes a wide range of short courses covering topics such as: rural skills, wildlife gardening, group leadership, health and safety, volunteer recruitment and evaluation, fundraising, community engagement, outdoor learning, species identification and habitat surveying. Successful participants for Pesticides, Brushcutters, Grass and Hedgecutting courses will receive a Lantra certificate. First Aid at Work courses also provide certificates.  Information on up-coming courses is included in our monthly eNewsletter and on our Eventbrite page.

Sharing and networking opportunities

Each year TCV organises several free Forum Exchanges which are opportunities for staff and volunteers from the environmental and related sectors to come together to share experiences on a common theme eg involving young people, engaging Minority Ethnic communities, working with disabled people, using social media to promote your work etc. Details of any forthcoming Forum Exchanges are given on TCV Scotland's Eventbrite page and in the monthly eNewsletter.

Fundraising support

In addition to running occasional fundraising workshops, we produce a Funding Update on sources of funding for environmental and related projects, which is produced three times annually. The latest issue is available here: Spring 2018 Funding Update

Network Bulletin

The Network Bulletin, produced three times annually, showcases the fantastic variety of environmental groups belonging to the Community Network, plus news of TCV Scotland’s own projects and programmes. Click here to view the current Network Bulletin, plus previous issues.

Monthly eNewsletter

The monthly eNewsletter provides details of TCV Scotland training courses and events, plus information on funding sources, resources, campaigns, networking opportunities, conferences etc. Subscribe to the eNewsletter at the right of this page.

Covering the basics/downloadable materials:

TCV is developing a range of information sheets and guides covering many of the basic topics encountered by community environmental groups and projects. It is hoped these will be particularly useful for staff and volunteers new to environmental activities:

  • Media Guide - tips to get your message across.
  • Natural Play - play ideas for children using natural materials.
  • Basic Risk Assessment - a general overview, and Risk Assessment - information from recent TCV Risk Assessment training webinars. What do you need to consider when assessing the hazards and risks of environmental activities?
  • Grow Your Own Food Guide - ideas to get growing!
  • Citizen Science - various resources on our webpages with ideas for identifying, monitoring and recording the nature and wildlife all around us.

If you know of other topics which you believe should be covered here, please contact Graham Burns (below). 

Community Network

In addition to the Scottish-based services outlined above, community groups can also join and receive support from TCV's UK-wide Community Network membership scheme. For annual membership of £38, groups have access to a range of online guides and resources, grant information and access to the Chestnut Fund, a website template, discounts from TCV's Conservation Handbooks plus other products and plants, and signposting to group insurance (with membership discount). Click here for details of Community Network membership.

Contact

For more information about the Community Network in Scotland, contact:

Graham Burns, Project Officer

TCV Scotland
Unit M1
143 Charles Street
Glasgow
G21 2QA

Tel: 07764 655664
Emailscotland-network@tcv.org.uk

The Community Network and work with community groups and initiatives in Scotland are supported by the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage.