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Free of Charge Opportunities for Older People to Enjoy the Benefits of Nature and to be With Others.

Thanks to a £10,700 grant from Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, earlier this year, Kingswood Trust can now provide a range of nature based activities both outdoors and indoors for older people.

We are inviting groups focusing on older people to take part in this funded project which seeks to combat loneliness, improve health and wellbeing and reconnect people with each other. This group might be from an organisation that supports older people, a local community group or a care home.

Trent Talks with Dave Emley Part 2: Understanding and Recording Moths

Dave Emley joins us again to delve into more detail about the state of moth populations in the UK, and how you can get involved in moth recording schemes.

The talk and presentation will last for one hour, then after a scheduled 5 minute break we have 30 minutes for plenty of Q+A or discussion with presenters and other attendees.

The talk will be recorded, and will have auto-generated captions.

Staffordshire County Council Climate Action Fund

Climate change is one of Staffordshire County Council’s top priorities and we are committed to reaching net-zero by 2050 after declaring a climate change emergency in 2019.

This is the second round of the Climate Action Fund. The funding is for non-for-profit organisations to make sustainable changes.

About the fund

Every county councillor has £1,500 to award to projects in their area

Councillor’s can give up to £500 per project, but organisations can approach more than one councillor to receive up to £2,500.

Landscape Partnership Inspires and Enables Children and Young People to Benefit from Being Outdoors in the South West Peak

Launched in 2017, the South West Peak Landscape Partnership is a group of organisations working together and with volunteers to restore, protect, and improve the landscape of the South West Peak area.

With the Peak District National Park as lead partner and the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund this 5-year partnership (with benefits reaching far beyond that time) works with local communities to build stronger connections with the landscape and with each other.

National Lottery Heritage Fund ensures South West Peak Village Hall/Community Centre Improvements

Launched in 2017, the South West Peak Landscape Partnership is a group of organisations working together and with volunteers to restore, protect, and improve the landscape of the South West Peak area.

With the Peak District National Park as lead partner and the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund this 5-year partnership (with benefits reaching far beyond that time) works with local communities to build stronger connections with the landscape and with each other.

What are we trying to achieve?

I’ve been lucky enough to take some R&R over the summer, spend time with my family and do a bit of reading, both fiction and non. It’s brought me back to work feeling a mixture of enthusiasm for the post-Covid possibilities and unease with the business as usual inertia that is so hard to shift, in ourselves and others. I’ve kept my blogs pretty practical over the last year, so, amongst the day to day and the ever evolving VCSE picture, I’m going to try and use my next few blogs to articulate some of the bigger picture thinking I’m grasping to hold onto after my holidays!

Shenstone’s old Church Tower Update

Well friends, plans are now progressing apace for the restoration of our old church Tower.  We have now set up the Friends as a charity, raised sufficient funds, obtained planning permissions and a lease, and have a start date of 16th August for the renovation and preservation of the Tower.  Of course, fund-raising will continue to loom large in our lives to provide for the future use and maintenance of the Tower.

South West Peak Spotlight: South West Peak Nature Based Integration for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Launched in 2017, the South West Peak Landscape Partnership is a group of organisations working together and with volunteers to restore, protect, and improve the landscape of the South West Peak area.

With the Peak District National Park as lead partner and the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund this 5-year partnership (with benefits reaching far beyond that time) works with local communities to build stronger connections with the landscape and with each other.