Monthly Archives: April 2009

Why conservation volunteers are important to Defra

The April 2009 issue of Landscape, the Defra staff magazine, includes a feature on conservation volunteering in the UK. Conservation volunteering provides far more than just environment benefits – it can improve community safety and spirit, promote health and well being, and provide job skills and employment opportunities. Defra’s Third Sector Strategy aims to promote environmental volunteering and recognise [...]

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Every Action Counts event – 6 May 2009

On 6 May, the ‘Change: what happens when Every Action Counts’ event will mark the end of the Defra funded ‘Every Action Counts‘ programme. The day will include a panel debate on partnership, and workshops looking at issues around volunteers and community workers, government and third sector partnerships, and funding and resources. The keynote address will be delivered by [...]

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What we need is a map of all the community-based climate change projects

I’ve just come out of another meeting where someone else has said ‘What we need is a map of all the community-based climate change projects’. Now this map isn’t perfect but it’s a start. It came out of research done by ruralnet|uk and the original can be found here (the map contains a lot of information [...]

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Have we got the balance right?

This is what you get when you put the text of our Third Sector Strategy into a service called Wordle. I did this when I first started my secondment at Defra to help me get another view of the strategy. I am moved to post this now as I am told that this technique was [...]

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Stage 2 of the GLF application process closed

Stage 2 of the GLF application process closed on 20 April 2009.   The 17 projects to make it through the first stage of the Greener Living Fund have all submitted their second stage bids by this deadline. These will now go to an independent selection panel and Ministers. We anticipate being able to announce the [...]

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Applications for membership of the Ministerial Task Force now closed

The window for applications to the Ministerial Task Force closed on 14 April 2009. We received 75 applications and we are now embarking on the selection process. This will be challenging given the quality of the applications received and the need to select on skills and experience and ensure a the diversity of membership that will [...]

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Trial blogged launched!

One of the commitments we made back in November 2008 with the launch of our strategy was to listen and communicate with the third sector more effectively.  Thanks to a lot of hard work, a leap of faith and trust on the part of Defra colleagues, we have this blog on a trial basis. How [...]

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BTCV reception in House of Commons

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, was speaking at the BTCV reception at the House of Commons on 1 April. BTCV were celebrating 50 years of conservation volunteering and launching their Strategic Plan (2009 – 2013) ‘Investing in Sustainable Futures‘ (PDF 2.04MB). The reception also heard [...]

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