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 Andy Napier, Senior Project Officer, 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, 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 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 environmental and related projects, which is produced three times annually. The latest issue is available here: Summer 2019 funding update
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.
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 our eNewsletter here.
Covering the basics/downloadable materials:
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.
If you know of other topics which you believe should be covered here, please contact Graham Burns (below).
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 an 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.
Free offer: As part of TCV’s 60th-anniversary celebrations in 2019, we are offering eligible groups and organisations a year’s free membership of the Community Network.
Download a Community Network Scotland application form (for both Plus and Standard membership).
For more information about the Community Network in Scotland, contact:
Graham Burns, Project Officer
143 Charles Street
Tel: 07764 655664