Local & National News on all things community and/or out doors (and some in)
27 Jan 2012
What local problem would you like to know the answers to?
Northampton Borough Council
People in Northampton are being asked to suggest issues and subjects that should be investigated by officers and councillors at the Guildhall. Northampton Borough Council's Overview & Scrutiny Committee is asking for people to submit their ideas about what the group should investigate over the next... more
Groundwork and M&S launch @myurbangreen
Marks & Spencer and Groundwork have launched a new campaign – @myurbangreen

@myurbangreen will reconnect urban communities with their environment by being actively involved in shaping the future development, maintenance and management of their local Greener Living Spaces, created by M&S and Ground... more

You could be a part of Games Time in Northampton
Hunsbury Herald
A spectacular outdoor stage show set to hit the town later this year is offering 160 people the chance to take part.

Games Time, which combines music, dance, video, fireworks and professional dancers, is coming to Northampton on Saturday, July 7.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games inspired show gives volunteers the chance to learn new skills working with professional dancers and choreographers, costume makers and set designers, as well as seeing how a large outdoor show is put together.... more

New Hillwalker Booklet
The British hills offer beauty, challenge and adventure, as well as the opportunity to keep fit and healthy. So it is no wonder that hill walking is such a popular activity, attracting people of all ages.

Walking in the uplands requires a collection of skills, including navigation and hazard avoidance. It is important that participants are prepared with some basic equipment and knowledge in ord... more

Jubilation for 2012 in Northampton
Northampton Borough Council
A bumper events programme has been put together in Northampton for what promises to be a jubilant year in more ways than one.

Each year Northampton Borough Council and other groups and organisations host a whole range of exciting events around the town, but for 2012 – the Olympic and Jubilee cele... more

Do dads raise more adventurous kids?
Bringing up Charlie
Just over a week ago I was contacted by someone on behalf of Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, about their Free Range Kids campaign. The idea of the campaign is that children today should be able to do the things their parents took for granted, such as cycle to school, play football in th... more
Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment
Natural England
People enjoy the natural environment in many different ways. These include visiting the countryside, enjoying green spaces in towns and cities, watching wildlife and volunteering to help protect the n... more
Wildlife Training Workshops
The Wildlife Trust
The Wildlife Training Workshops programme includes training which is available to everyone with topics ranging from species identification to habitat management and practical conservation. For total beginners wishing to... more
Introduction to Natural Navigation
Northamptonshire County Council
Tristan Gooley, a writer, explorer and navigator will lead an introductory course in Natural Navigation at the Everdon Centre on May 26th. The author of The Natural Navigator he has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, and is a Fellow of the Royal Instit... more
20,000 volunteers needed to help children play
English charity Play England is to start a recruitment drive to mobilise 20,000 volunteers to help children to learn to play.

Funded by the Government's Big Society Fund, Play England will lead a group of children's charities to recruit the volunteers to build play are... more

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening
Royal Horticultural Society
The RHS Campaign for School Gardening aims to encourage and support schools to create and actively use a school garden. Find out more about the Campaign. Whether your school is just starting out or looking to develop an established garden, our benchmark scheme will point you in the right direction. ... more
Become a Sport Maker
Sport England
Whether it’s planning the route, finding the pitch or encouraging people to take part – sport doesn’t just happen, it needs people to make it happen.... more
Latest volunteering programme
Wild Life Trust
Leaflet with information about volunteering in Nor... more
Here’s what the inside of a tree sounds like
Okay, so this isn’t quite what you’d get if you dr... more
New Playscheme at Danes Camp
Exciting activities over this February... more
Chinese lanterns: Spain has banned these dangerous toys. Now we should too.
Virtual Ranger
Today's the Chinese new year, the first day of the Year of the Dragon. But the recent vogue for marking this and other events with flying lanterns has caused concern that is spreading across Europe. The UK Government remains under pressure to ban so-called 'Chinese' lanterns, or sky lanterns after t... more
Green spaces – who’s stepping into the breach?
It’s almost a year since Groundwork launched its Greener Neighbourhoods report and threw down the gauntlet to people to love or lose their local green spaces.

Part of our response to this challenge was the Urban Oasis campaign, developed as the likely scale of public finance cuts became apparent. We predicted that the maintenance of parks and pub... more

Developing a new investment in young people
Big Lottery Fund
We are looking for a group of motivated 16-25 year olds to help develop an investment that will benefit young people in England.

In 2012 and 2013 we plan to invest money in ideas that will inspire young people in need to build on their strengths and make a difference to their lives and communities.

We are recruiting young people aged 16-25 with... more

Grants to the grassroots: a winning formula for communities
The Guardian
With funding for the third sector in increasingly short supply, it is often the smallest voluntary and community groups who get short-changed as they lack the resources to argue their corner.

The Grassroots Grants programme targeted investment to these groups and the Community Development Foundati... more

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