July has been a month that has started and ended with lots of Nature Play sessions sprinkled with the odd Green Gym, meeting, community engagement event and some budding bidding.
At the start of the month I, along with my fellow Natural Network trainees in Ayr (Carolyn and Jenny), joined up with the Forestry Commission Scotland and Seven Lochs to help run a Nature Play Day in Easterhouse.
I also joined forces with OPAL to help promote Pollinators at the Glasgow City Council Wild in the City Event at Bellahouston Park.
One of the last activities in July was led by myself and fellow trainee Paul. It was a Nature Play session with 10 children from the West of Scotland Regional Equalities Council. As well as some environmental games and art we taught the kids some camp fire cooking skills but Paul’s Bug and Beastie hunt was outright favourite.
Rewilding Inverclyde and Yoker
I’ve continued working alongside TCV’s Community Rewilding Senior Project Officer and July saw the start of a Green Gym at Coves Local Nature Reserve doing some path clearance.
We have also continued our Nature Play sessions with kids from Linkes. This has involved more environmental art and games and even some camp fire cooking.
Fancy Meeting You Here
One of the first meetings I had this month was with my fellow trainees from Natural Networks and Natural Talent at the TCV site at Skelton Grange. Despite the fleeting timescale and our sleep deprived states it was a great opportunity to catch up, skills share and talk about our progress and personal projects.
I’ve also been part of meetings with Glasgow City Council to discuss the proposed Action Plans for the Yoker Strategic Development Area encompassing community engagement policies. One meeting took the form of a site visit with Glasgow City Council’s Access Officer and Central Scotland Green Network Trust’s Development Officer to assess active travel routes and the current Vacant and Derelict Land site.
Finally, following a meeting with my mentor I was able to partake in a ‘Climate Conversations’ community engagement event commissioned by the Scottish Government.
To continue broadening my understanding and experience of funding bid applications I have carried out more research on TCV’s latest HLF bid. This month my attention has turned to looking into training opportunities in Green Health and levels of Green Prescribing.
Training the Trainee
July has also afforded me the opportunity to attend a number of training events. The first was for a free social media course on Improving Health and Well Being run by Mindwaves and Woodlands Community Garden. TCV also ran 2 courses this month, 1 on Sensory Awareness and the second on Green Gyms. I have also completed an online Open University course on Public Health in a Community Setting. Finally I was able to try my hand at sculpting willow at an art workshop held at Mugdock Park.