Croydon is one of London’s greenest boroughs and we have amazing parks and woodlands all around us. How often do we get out into them?
Why is it that people from BAME communities traditionally access them less than other communities?
Nature Connectors explores these questions and gets more people into nature.
Nature Connectors is a free programme of training for BAME volunteers. Teaching woodland skills, exploring local green spaces and with plenty of campfire conversation, the course is designed to help people pass on what they’ve discovered, or rediscovered to friends, families & members of their communities. We’ll explore barriers to accessing nature, and enable volunteers to gain the confidence to guide others.
We’ll introduce people who are new to spending time in nature to the outdoors and reconnect those with previous experiences from childhood or their pre-London lives!Too often people think that cities and the natural world are completely separate. But London is a green city, and Croydon is very green! We’ll give volunteers the tools to be able to engage people in the ways and wildlife of green spaces.
Training will focus on leading walks, befriending and nature awareness.
The sessions will be delivered in parks and woods, entirely outdoors, running in a weekly series of 6 day sessions, with a maximum of 10 people in each volunteer cohort. We are supported by the Croydon BME Forum and funded by Croydon Council to provide this free training for 90 people from BAME communities in Croydon over the next three years.
The next course starts on 15th April 2018, running for 6 weeks. More courses in Spring 2018, dates to be confirmed.
If you’re interested and would like more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Beth 07906832952
Listen: Colourful radio interview: Nature Connectors: Black experiences of connection to nature