Monthly Archives: July 2009

Presentations from the third sector UK Climate Projections event

We have been asked by several people for copies of the presentations from yesterday’s (28/7/09) UK Cliamte Projections event. Rather that email them out individually I have placed them on so you can either view them here (click read more) or download the original file from Slideshare.

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Jay Talbot on the UK Climate Projections and Community-Led Planning

This video captures a short conversation I had with Jay Talbot at the end of today’s ‘Projections in Practice’ (PiP) event for the third sector. This is one of  a series of PiP events that Defra is running for different interest groups. Further events will be held at regional level in the autumn. We are very [...]

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Ministerial Task Force contact details

These details were first published on 22/6/09 in a summary of the second meeting. However, several people have asked us for them subsequently so I thought I would draw them out in a separate blog post. The overall contact for the MTF is Faye Scott (020 7630 4524, faye at green-alliance dot org dot uk). The MTF has [...]

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Meet Danny (the Pirate) Cooper

Danny was one of the environmental volunteers invited to Number 10 Downing Street last Wednesday (22/7/09) for the celebration of environmental volunteering hosted by the Prime Minister. Danny volunteers for the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and never stops it seems. He brought his notebook with him and reported the following sightings in the famous Number 10 [...]

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Schumacher on training

On Monday this week (20/7/09) Schumacher College brought together a range of stakeholders to consider the training needs of Third Sector organisations in the area of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change. This builds on the future scanning work the college has been undertaking and was designed to feed recommendations into the Ministerial Task [...]

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Help lead a top UK-wide charity and social enterprise

BTCV are recruiting trustees If you would like to help lead a UK-wide charity and social enterprise, read on. The closing date for applications is 5 August 2009.

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£16.7m Hardship Fund opens for applications

This year’s Budget saw the announcement of a £16.7m Hardship Fund for the sector, building on the £42.5m Real Help for Communities action plan. The Hardship Fund will provide grant support to third sector organisations in England delivering front-line services to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society that have been affected by the [...]

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Environmental volunteering is celebrated at Number 10

This evening (22/7/09) more than 150 environmental volunteers were invited to Number 10 Downing Street by Gordon Brown to celebrate their work. Cabinet members Hilary Benn and Ed Miliband mingled with the guests. A selection of photos will be posted here shortly. We are just waiting for clearance from Number 10. They should be available [...]

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Rural Communities Taking Control of Service Provision for Older People

[Guest blog post by Mike Perry of the Plunkett Foundation] ‘Working Together for Older People in Rural Areas’, a joint project between the Social Exclusion Task Force and Defra, launched their findings last week. The project findings highlighted a range of challenges in providing services to older people in rural areas. A principle finding was [...]

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Local Heroes please step forward

This came across my desk yesterday (20/7/09) and may be of interest to readers of this blog. Defra does not sponsor these awards but has won in various categories in the past. This call is for individual campaigners to step forward. They are looking for people who have taken action on an environmental, ethical or [...]

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