In ‘normal’ non-Covid times, 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 in Central Scotland with their project. 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 us to discuss the possibilities.
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, fundraising, community engagement, outdoor learning, species identification and habitat surveying. Successful participants for some courses eg Bruschcutters and Trimmers will receive a Lantra certificate.
Most of our ‘face to face’ training courses have been postponed during the Covid-19 restrictions, but we are gradually resuming such courses when conditions permit. We will also run a variety of online training events and activities. Information on all upcoming courses is included in our monthly eNewsletter and on our Eventbrite page.
In addition to running occasional fundraising workshops, we produce a Funding Update on sources of funding for community, environmental and related projects, which is produced several times annually. The latest issue is available here
The Network Bulletin showcases the activities of the wide variety of local environmental groups belonging to the Community Network, plus news of TCV Scotland’s own projects and programmes. Click here to view the latest Network Bulletin whilst for previous issues click here
Our monthly eBulletin provides details of TCV Scotland training courses and events, plus news on environmental funding sources, resources, campaigns, networking opportunities, conferences etc. Subscribe to our eNewsletter here.
Covering the basics
TCV has 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.
- Upcycling Catalogue – our Community Upcycling Project in Grangemouth makes a range of recycled wooden items suitable for community groups, schools etc. These include raised beds, planters, benches and homes for nature. NB. Items must be collected from the project.
In addition to Scottish-based services, community groups can also join and receive support from TCV’s UK-wide Community Network, which has approximately 1600 member groups, with over 220 being in Scotland.
Community Network members have access to a range of online guides and resources, grant information and access to the Chestnut Fund, newsletters, discounts from TCV’s Conservation Handbooks plus tools, plants and outdoor products, and signposting to group insurance. In a year when our green spaces have become more important than ever, and during a time when the natural environment needs us to come together to care for and protect it, we are once again able to offer Community Network membership for FREE for new and existing members, thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
For more information about the Community Network in Scotland, contact:
Graham Burns, Project Officer
143 Charles Street
Tel: 07764 655664