Plus: free seedballs, funding ops & how to supercharge youth climate action
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Hi Stephen Sykes

As we ready ourselves for this lockdown, our hot-off-the-press Community Action Report brings together a series of recommendations to ensure that the vital work of community groups is put at the heart of the UK’s Covid response and recovery strategies. Dig into the learnings below.

We think all young people should be empowered to take action on the challenges facing our planet and their future. That's why we've got an inspiring set of speakers lined up for a free webinar on youth environmental action on 17th November. Join us to hear from the brilliant 'Bird Girl' aka Mya-Rose; Roy, a Green & Black ambassador; Nick who heads up TNL's climate action work and the Eco Emeralds who kick-started the Backyard Nature movement.

That's also why we’re giving away free packs of seedballs to community groups, so kids everywhere can help nature flourish on their doorstep. Grab yours to inspire and empower the children you work with.

But seedballs are just the start! For more creative, colourful, nature-filled ideas on how the next generation can #LoveTheOutdoors - even through lockdown - get stuck in with Outdoor Classroom Day this Thursday. It can be as easy as taking a walk outside to enjoy the fresh air and looking at the autumn leaves.
At this pivotal time, as we return to lockdown, this report shows why it’s vital to put the knowledge and experience of local communities at the heart of our response and recovery plans.  

Dig in to find useful stats, key findings, recommendations and case studies on how community groups can work with partners and stakeholders to help us respond to and recover from Covid-19. The learnings in this report can help your project to understand the bigger context of your work and how to work with partners to increase your impact.

Let’s build a new abnormal that puts innovative, community-collaboration at the fore. This report contains our recommendations for how.

Join us for this free online webinar to discuss and debate how we can support ALL young people to take environmental action.

We’ll be hearing from schools, charities and businesses - as well as some of the youth activists leading the movement - on how collaboration can empower young people to make change happen.

The eclectic panelists include:
  • Mya-Rose Craig aka Birdgirl - the youth activist tackling equality in environmentalism
  • The Eco Emeralds - the primary school kids who sparked a national movement
  • Carley Sefton from Learning through Landscapes - an NGO enabling kids to connect with nature
  • Roy Kareem - a Black & Green Ambassador driving collaboration between diverse communities, businesses and individuals across Bristol

Whether you’re a parent, activist, policy maker, educator, funder or just passionate about youth climate justice, join us to hear from some of the young people making waves and a chance to pose your questions in a live Q&A.

In the documentary ‘Prince William: A Planet for Us All’, the amazing Eco Emeralds show HRH how they transformed an unloved greenspace near their school into a colourful wildflower meadow.

So more kids across the country can help nature flourish on their doorstep, we’re giving away free seedball packs to community groups. Grab yours to help inspire the children you work with. If you have already claimed some but want more, we may be able to help so let us know.

The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund
Grants of between £20,000 – £30,000 to safeguard frontline jobs and support services of women’s organisations that have been affected by the pandemic. Open to organisations providing services and support for vulnerable women. Priority is given areas where the pandemic has hit particularly hard.
Deadline: Ongoing, but please apply early (open now)

Near Neighbours programme
Small grants between £250 and £3,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours. Open to projects who are promoting social integration or social action between local communities of different faiths and ethnicities.
Deadline: Friday 11 December

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

Webinar: Education in a post-Covid world - taking learning and play outdoors
Online, event recording

Children’s mental and physical health, social skills and access to nature have all been affected by Covid lockdowns. In this inspiring webinar, we hear from policy leaders, academics and government representatives from around the world. We hear how they are addressing these challenges in different ways by taking learning outdoors and improving playtimes. You can listen back to the insights and learnings from this sold-out event for free.  

Feed Me Life Skills Programme
Online, Mondays evenings between 2nd Nov- 17th Dec
This free 8-week online course fun, interactive, online course will teach individuals about healthy eating for BAME and low-income communities, providing knowledge on food, nutrition and sustainable practices. The weekly classes started this week on 2 November but you can join now and catch up.

Online, 10-11 November
Join this immersive, interactive event which offers access to some of the most inspiring and pioneering leaders, policy makers, thinkers and doers, whose ambitious work is transforming our communities.

Online, 20-21 November
For two days, the Eden Project in Cornwall will be transformed into a virtual festival! Join for expert speakers, debates, creative crafting sessions, Gardeners’ Question Sessions and storytelling from real-life projects.

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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