Forestry Commission Scotland has announced continued funding for its Volunteer Community Champion Programme, an initiative which trains people from minority groups to lead events and activities in woodlands and forests.
The programme aims to educate people from diverse backgrounds, providing knowledge and skills on how to access their local woodlands for the benefits of health, work and play.
The Volunteer Champions help support Forestry Commission Scotland’s engagement programme in central Scotland in a variety of ways from talking to members of the community, to helping deliver events and woodland activities.
Delivered in partnership with CEMVO (Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations), the training initiative was set up to promote access to local woodlands no matter a person’s race, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, religion or beliefs.
Amanda Bryan, Chair of the National Committee for Scotland, said:
“We’re delighted to announce £33,000 funding for the Volunteer Community Champions programme to continue the project in 2016 / 17.
“The programme is intentionally designed to be flexible so it fits with the needs of the individual volunteer. We hope that more volunteers come forward and join the programme so we can continue to work with local communities to ensure everyone is enjoying the woodlands.”
Colin Lee, Chief Executive of CEMVO, said:
“The initiative is about identifying groups and communities who do not consider woodlands as a place to visit and take part in community life. The continued funding means we can keep engaging with these groups and demonstrate the benefits of using local woodlands to help learn new skills, meet new people or take part in organised community events. We’re really pleased to announce the continued funding for next year.”
The programme is part of Forestry Commission Scotland’s Engagement programme in central Scotland which aims to promote the use of the woodlands to minority groups and communities, ensuring that all individuals are equally able to enjoy the benefit from accessing woodlands and forests.
For more information on how to get involved please contact Sadia Ismail on 01698 368 559.
At CEMVO Scotland’s Pay it Forward for Social Enterprise Conference in November, 2 young people successfully pitched their ideas to win £500 each to help develop their ideas. Congratulations and well done to :-
Lewa Thomas - Lewalicious Cakes - Sponsored by CEMVO Scotland
Ahmed Ibraham - Sunshine Koffee - Sponsored by The Forestry Commission Scotland
Other Social Enterprise winners for the Group Category and winning £1000 was won by :-
The Welcoming Association - Sponsored by Just Enterprise
5 young people, supported by CEMVO Scotland, successfully pitched and won £4000 each to help with the start-up of their social enterprise ideas and secured a place on the School for Social Enterprise course which started in October and provides mentoring, peer support and business training. Congratulations and well done to :-
Farah Majid - Farah’s Salon
Ahmed Ibrahim - Sunshine Koffee
AnnMarie Fowler - Women Unite
Lewa Thomas - Lewalicious Cakes
Hermine Makangu - Mbikudi Hair & Beauty Products