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Hi Stephen Sykes

We were over the moon to see some of our wonderful Backyard Nature Guardians meet Prince William on ITV last night! The Liverpudlian kids whose grassroots activism has sparked a whole movement, have now inspired Prince William and his kids to join our army of Backyard Nature Guardians!

To celebrate we’re giving away 200,000 wildflower seedballs to community groups and schools across the country. Full story below.

Community organisations play a crucial role in making sure ALL kids have access to the outdoors. We spoke with 4 projects who are helping kids combat nature deprivation and love the outdoors.

Last month we celebrated Communities Week by highlighting a few of our favourite community responses to the Covid-19 crisis. Catch up below and access a bundle of free, invaluable support for your project.

Also below, 6 ways you can celebrate the rich histories of Black communities, during Black History Month and all year round. Plus a pile of great events and funding opportunities.
Did you see them? The mighty Eco Emeralds from Anfield, the kids who sparked the Backyard Nature campaign, the best eco-activists we know… on primetime TV with Prince William! If you missed it, watch back on ITV Hub to see the kids that inspired Backyard Nature telling Prince William why they are calling on kids everywhere to protect the planet.

To celebrate the Eco Emeralds’ starring role in 'Prince William: A Planet For Us All' we’re giving away 200,000 seedballs to schools and community projects so kids everywhere can take action to protect nature from their doorstep. Register here to get some (while stocks last!).

We’re proud to be part of the movement to get kids outdoors. Along with teachers and parents, community organisations play a vital role in this movement. Often working with children who are deprived of outside space and access to nature, these organisations are giving kids somewhere to get their boots muddy and their hands in the dirt.

In the run-up to Outdoor Classroom Day on 5 November, we spoke to four community projects about how they’re helping to get kids outside in a wild variety of ways.

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Throughout 2020 we’ve been blown away by countless stories of communities coming together to provide vital support and share moments of joy. So when it came to Communities Week last month we wanted to celebrate some of our favourite community responses to the trials of recent months.

Communities Week was driven by the brilliant organisations behind My Community which is a rich and vibrant hub of free support for local communities. If you’re working behind the scenes at a community group, or need a hand making your ideas a reality, check out the My Community website to get some FREE tools, tips and information to grow your project.

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Black History Month is a time when we can focus our energy on celebrating the rich histories of Black individuals and communities. These stories of scientists, activists, and educators often go ignored in mainstream education and media. Here are 6 ways you can celebrate Black history and commit to amplifying Black experiences and stories, this month and all year round.
Community Shares Booster programme - funding, support and advice for community businesses that are planning to make or have recently launched community shares offers. Match funding of up to £100,000 in equity investment is available, made on equal terms with other community shareholders. Development grants of up to £10,000 are also available. Deadline: ongoing.
The Local Schools Nature Grants Scheme - allows Infant, Primary and Secondary schools in England, Scotland & Wales to apply for £500 worth of outdoor resources, and a two-hour training session. Deadline: 13 November
Funding for COVID-19 responses
We’re regularly updating this list of funding that's available to groups and organisations responding to the crisis. Deadline: various

The Good Business Festival
8 Oct, online event
As the world gets switched on to the idea of conscious capitalism and purposeful business this event brings together some of the smartest minds to think big about what good business means and what it could mean for the world.

Build Your Own Solar Charger
17 October (plus other dates available), London
Create your own portable solar charger from re-used materials able to power phones and USB devices!

Our Space: Exploring Authentic Community Engagement
24 October, online event

Part of Stir to Action’s ever-inspiring programme of workshops this session explores barriers to authentic community engagement and how we can build more meaningful relationships with a range of community stakeholders.

Forest School Level 1 Award: Introduction to Forest School Principles
6 November, Newcastle upon Tyne

Level 1 Introductory course running across 3 days: 6th, 13th, 20th November. Suitable for people at the start of their forest school journey, giving an overview of the principles, introducing skills and providing a range of activities and games that learners can introduce in their own settings. Total cost for the course is £260.

Know other folks who want to build prositive change from the grassroots up? Please share this newsletter with them.

Take care and stay well,

Chloe & the Semble team

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