Environmental volunteers, I salute you

For the last few months, I’ve been in the privileged position of having a long-term volunteer position become funded. As Networks Coordinator for the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, I’ve been helping to organise a series of community empowerment conferences across the regions of England. At the mid-way point, the conferences have proved to be popular and successful, showcasing the work of…

Life and Death

St Andrew's Church, Tarring, Worthing

My beloved Mum died in March, with my equally adored Dad preceding her by 14 months. Back in a world of grief, our family has celebrated their lives together, married for 57 years. The joy and sadness continue as we work through this time. So much to tell them since they’ve gone – new contracts, new energy and new ideas. Themes of life and…

Stamina and new ideas

Campaigning for change needs stamina and perseverance. For a long time, it can feel like being an annoying mosquito, whining away in the dark, keeping the target troubled enough to not ignore you. Decades ago, environmental scientists began to describe the waste, destruction, loss and damage we are inflicting on our home. The latest IPPC report describes clearly the dangers, economically, socially and environmentally,…

Refill Worthing and more local action

After lots of hard work and some minor technical hitches – my laptop decided to quietly die the day before – we launched Refill Worthing. By working in collaboration with Adur and Worthing Councils and City to Sea CIC, supported by West Sussex County Council and Southern Water, Worthing Climate Action Network created a buzzy and lively event, with excellent post-event promotion. Our fantastic…

Bringing Refill to Adur and Worthing

I first read about the Refill scheme in June 2017 and thought it was an elegantly simple idea that was replicable across the whole country. As part of Worthing Climate Action Network, we started getting our favourite cafes to sign up, on the app. Our volunteer efforts progressed reasonably steadily, without any significant funding or support. This spring, I was approached by West Sussex…

Happy International Workers’ Day!

May Day tomorrow and the rights of workers across the globe will take centre stage for many. Rightly so, without a massive global workforce keeping the trading networks flowing the UK would run out of food in around 10 days. The majority of countries no longer retain strategic food reserves and are therefore subject to potential threats if supply chains are disrupted, through weather,…

Life in the third sector…

It’s been a really productive week, despite a bit of a knock-back. I’m Chair of the Adur and Worthing Green Spaces Partnership and we’ve just found out that our first proper funding application wasn’t successful. The three funding priorities were discussed across several meetings to confirm agreement. Firstly, groups identified their essential volunteer training needs so they can undertake their conservation work safely and…