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These innovative webinars are aimed at representatives from conservation charities, parks, social and sports development and other departments at our local authorities, social prescribers, public health, trusts, social enterprises, community groups and health and wellbeing bodies

Welcoming and enterprising parks and green/blue spaces Webinar series 

Webinar 1 – How to develop our parks into becoming community hubs, addressing health inequalities and become #MoreThanAPark  #OutdoorEnterprise

10 am  BST 19th March 2021

 

Description

How to best assess your potential for working with community partners – what are your assets, relationships and skills? Parks should be for the people and their communities. Successful green/blue places embrace and welcome everybody around them and are designed to engage a range of groups and reduce health inequalities. How can we forge partnerships between local authorities, community and conservation groups, to support local stewardship of these spaces for people and wildlife? Well managed parks help reduce inequalities and bring people together, including new audiences.

Webinar presenters

Graham Duxbury, CEO Groundwork UK Graham was appointed Groundwork UK’s Chief Executive in March 2014. He has nearly 20 years’ experience of helping public and voluntary sector organisations reach new audiences and deliver strategic communications and development campaigns. Graham joined Groundwork UK in 1998, prior to which he undertook a number of communications roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors. Graham will talk about how the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of green space to our health and wellbeing. However, it has also exacerbated existing inequalities in access to green space. In this presentation, Graham will explore the trends for visits to urban green space. What are the barriers and why does it matter? Damien Newman, Training, Education and Consultancy Manager, Thrive. Damien looks after the team at Thrive that provide training education and consultancy to professionals in care and education to maximise the use of gardens and nature for health and wellbeing. He has been involved in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture for close to 20 years both at Thrive and in Mental health services. His presentation will focus on Therapeutic Horticulture – using horticulture to support development, recovery and rehabilitation. He will explore how people with ill health and disability may benefit from a person centred approach, using nature to achieve specific health related outcomes.

Deborah Needle, Community Facilitator, Naturally Birmingham FPA Project Deborah is an environmental entrepreneur dedicated to connecting people to nature, with a focus on community and biodiversity. She has helped develop the Birmingham Trees for Life programme and is currently working on the Naturally Birmingham Future Parks Project. In 2019 Birmingham won a place on a new initiative to enhance the future of its parks and green spaces – the Future Parks Accelerator. Deborah will share insights from her work on the ‘Naturally Birmingham Future Parks Project’, which is pioneering innovative approaches to managing green spaces in ways that support communities whilst becoming financially sustainable.

This webinar will draw upon experiences from people in the UK and across the world, involved with creating community-based outdoor spaces that are welcoming, inclusive and diverse places for long-standing users as well as newcomers.

These innovative webinars are aimed at representatives from conservation charities, parks, social and sports development and other departments at our local authorities, social prescribers, public health, trusts, social enterprises, community groups and health and wellbeing bodies

Welcoming and enterprising parks and green/blue spaces Webinar series 

Webinar 2 – How to develop environmentally and sustainable, income-generating initiatives that will also attract new users and visitors

10 am BST  16th April  2021

 

Description

 Outdoor spaces that run carefully-designed events and initiatives can often the income required to maintain, improve and develop their facilities.  In many cases do we also see those attract new visitors and users and help change some of the perceptions of green/blue places amongst some non-users.

Webinar presenters:

Alice McGuigan, Director, Earth Living Festival

Alice was first introduced to Yoga as a way to de-stress from the fast-paced nature of studying in London. She soon discovered that Yoga was an opportunity to re-connect entirely, counter daily habit patterns and open up to new perspectives. She is trained in various forms of Yoga, most recently in Primal Vinyasa, and weaves these layers of evolutionary & functional movement development into her classes. She loves the self-inquiry that Yoga can teach us and shares the practice as a foundation for life, having experienced first-hand how it can help us to reconnect, find steadiness and thrive. In 2019, Alice founded the Earth Living Festival, which bought together holistic practices, creativity and sustainability. ELF is going online in 2021 and exploring ways of growing it into a community organisation.

Presentation: Symbiosis

The word ‘symbiosis’ describes the interaction and collaboration of different groups or organisms. When Alice founded the Earth Living Festival in 2019 it raised the following question: what is the relationship between personal wellbeing and collective care? The festival, which first took place in a local urban green space in Reading, celebrated the connection between wellbeing, art and nature. It continues to provide an online platform for collaboration within the wider community, offering opportunities local practitioners and holistic support to participants.

Buffy Harris-Jones,  Senior Project Officer, The Conservation Volunteers Berkshire. 

Buffy has a degree and Masters in Ecology and Conservation. She has worked as a ranger for East Sussex County Council and the National Trust and as a land management advisor for Natural England. Through her work with TCV, she runs an array of projects including conservation, volunteer engagement and community events.

Presentation: Mission Lousehill

Buffy managed the Lousehill Copse Woodland Improvement Project in Reading. This woodland, in the heart of an estate was in a sorry state, but with the tireless work of TCV and volunteer groups, this precious habitat has improved for both people and wildlife. Working closely with partners reading Borough Council and community rewilding organisation, Nature Nurture, the woodland now features a range of improvements and has become a haven for wildlife and a popular place for leisure and outdoor learning.

This webinar will draw upon experiences from people in the UK and across the world, involved with creating community-based outdoor spaces that are welcoming, inclusive and diverse places for long-standing users as well as newcomers. 

These innovative webinars are aimed at representatives from conservation charities, parks, social and sports development and other departments at our local authorities, social prescribers, public health, trusts, social enterprises, community groups and health and wellbeing bodies

Welcoming and enterprising parks and green/blue spaces Webinar series 

Webinar 3 – How are the outdoors growing in Denmark and Northern Ireland

10 am  BST 21st May 2021

 

Description

How are the outdoors growing in Denmark and Northern Ireland

Webinar presenters

Heiko Buch-Illing, CEO, Silkeborg Outdoor Institute

Heiko Buch-Illing will cover how Silkeborg, Denmark’s Outdoor Capital are growing. Silkeborg is the self-pronounced outdoor capital of Denmark and is in the process of accelerating this position to attract even more outdoor-enthusiasts to Silkeborg.  The Council will now transform the outdoor into something that is more than just tourism, but something that plays a central role in the Council’s vision, and the development and outdoor strategy The Council has now established the Outdoor Institute whose session is to act as the outdoor potential facilitator. They believe that the outdoors has a great unrealised potential as a driver for the enhancement of health, education and well-being, and by gathering the top minds we work towards realizing this potential. The Institute acts as a facilitator between researchers, practitioners and business to deploy the best practices within the domain. Heiko will cover how best to develop a more wide-ranging and enterprising outdoor sector and engage with new partners and providers

Mike McClure Development Officer Active Outdoors Sport Northern Ireland President, European Network of Outdoor Sports

Mike McClure will cover the challenges and potentials for outdoor sport in Europe. The Covid-19 crisis has underlined the huge importance of access to outdoor activities for the wellbeing of the citizens in Europe, and a wide range of research has documented the potential of outdoor sports in promoting wellbeing, health, employment and economic growth in many areas of Europe. However, outdoor sports are often fragmented, overlooked and unable to make their voice heard at a local, national and European level. What are the current challenges, potentials, structures and ambitions for promoting outdoor sports in Europe? What could a country like Denmark learn from other countries or regions in Europe? What are the most relevant European initiatives for Danish stakeholders in the outdoor sector? Mike McClure will also introduce the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre of Northern Ireland, which has been training leaders and developing the skills of participants in outdoor sports for 50 years and is currently undergoing a strategic review. 

These innovative webinars are aimed at representatives from conservation charities, parks, social and sports development and other departments at our local authorities, social prescribers, public health, trusts, social enterprises, community groups and health and wellbeing bodies