What are the key activities?

Becoming a Green Leader will involve the following:

  • Attending a regional training event to meet other Green Leaders and plan your project – covering advocacy and leadership skills, project management and communications skills. Dates: 15th April (Manchester) , 25th April (Northampton), 16th May (Birmingham), 30th May (London)
  • Joining our growing Youth Network including access to resources, webinars, and additional opportunities
  • Bespoke mentoring from Groundwork staff and Youth Advisory Board members
  • Practical and communication support for your project, taking place over the summer
  • Opportunity to challenge yourself, attending additional events to represent Groundwork Youth
  • Sharing learning via an evaluation and celebration event (Saturday 14th November)

What is the time commitment?

Becoming a Green Leader is a great opportunity to develop leadership and project management skills over eight-months. This will involve dedicating a few hours each month to developing your project, and requires commitment to key training dates and mentoring sessions.

What kind of project ideas are we looking for?

Our Green Leaders programme is about supporting you to have a say on how green spaces are run and used. As part of the application, we ask you to outline your project idea or issue you want to tackle.

Raising awareness and creating projects in community spaces can take many different forms, so we thought we it would be useful to provide some guidance and examples below.

Most importantly, we would like to see a clear issue or community space outlined your project description. We don’t expect to see a full project plan at this stage just a vision of the kind of change you want to make!

If you need to speak to someone about the programme, please contact Stephanie at Groundwork UK.

As a voluntary programme, all travel and expenses for taking part in Green Leaders is covered by Groundwork.

Project Category Example Project Idea
Campaign Raising awareness of an issue important to this space from the perspective of young people. For example, running a social media or outdoor exhibition to increase visibility of environmental issues.
Consultation Building relationships with people in the community by attending or hosting a public events or conducting a survey, where issues can raised and action proposed, for example gathering support for new outdoor equipment.
Co-design Creating a development plan for a community space with other groups and organisations, to improve the services for young people and the wider community. For example, this could involve mapping current services or creating environment audits for the space.
Practical action Leading on the renovating or managing of an existing space through conservation activities or acquiring/clearing a new space for environmental projects, like a community garden for example.
Participation Forming a Youth Action Group with full responsibility for area or activity in a park and freedom to fundraise for improvements and activities.

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