Children and parents at Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Leeds

Inspiring the next generation of volunteers

Let's raise £60,000 to celebrate our 60th anniversary year!

Throughout this 60th anniversary year, we are fundraising to raise £60,000 which will help us to inspire the next generation of young people to get involved with our work and to create a lifelong passion for the natural world.

Sharing the knowledge and skills needed to protect the natural environment

The challenges facing young people in the UK today are significant and many – social, health and economic inequality, a lack of community cohesion in many areas, an increase in isolation and loneliness to name just a few. At the same time, funding for the care of green spaces, is so essential to any healthy, happy community, continues to diminish.

These are challenging, changing and uncertain times and there has never been more need for the work of TCV, which is refreshingly simple in its approach; we connect people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both.

The next generation of conservation heroes is key in understanding the practical role they can play in building a brighter and more environmentally friendly future for all. By supporting our work, we are helping them to care about nature, sharing the knowledge and skills needed to protect the natural environment.

Make a donation now

Please make a 60th anniversary donation and support this campaign. Together we will make a difference – thank you.

Supporting young people is at the heart of our work and here are some examples of how we are making a difference with young people.

Our WildSkills trainees project, in partnership with Community Job Scotland, is for young people with barriers to employment to gain skills and confidence to pursue a career in conservation. Trainees will have access to support three main areas of TCV’s work: practical conservation, biodiversity and community engagement.

The main aim of our TCV WildSkills traineeship is to support and inspire a next generation of conservationists. The WildSkills traineeship will allow young people with barriers to employment to build confidence and develop skills in leadership, conservation and community engagement. The project enables our trainees to take charge of their futures and develop the skills and confidence to pursue a career in the sector.

Amy Styles, Senior Project Officer Stirling

Engaging children with conservation

Our local projects across the country are also working with teachers, youth leaders and parents to help them understand the importance of engaging children in conservation. TCV’s Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Leeds, supports thousands of children every year to connect with nature, through learning and play.

We are privileged to see the benefits of our work every day – we work with children from inner city primary schools, from young carers groups and those who find working in the classroom a challenge.

Getting them outside and listening to a shy pupil talk about the newt they have found in the pond, observe a group come together a build a den as a team, or hearing a child say, ‘being outside today was the best day of my life!’ is a wonderful thing. We know that people learn and feel better outside and instilling a sense of care for the environment in our young people is invaluable.

Caroline Crossley, Operations Leader

Thank you!

The above examples demonstrate our commitment to support young people from that first engagement with nature to a career in the environment sector. We want to be able to do more training and inspiring and we can only do this with your help.

If you can make a donation in support of our fundraising campaign we would be very grateful. Thank you for helping us to inspire people to care about nature, sharing with them the knowledge and skills to help protect the natural environment and know that, together we are creating a more sustainable future for everyone.

Whether you’ve volunteered with TCV, worked with us, gained training, given a donation, improved your health or volunteered in your local community, we are so thankful for the last 60 years.

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