Volunteer Community Champion Programme Secures Funding

 amanda bryan and colin lee web

Forestry Commission Scotland has announced continued funding for its Volunteer Community Champion Programme, an initiative which trains people from minority groups to lead events and activities in woodlands and forests.   

The programme aims to educate people from diverse backgrounds, providing knowledge and skills on how to access their local woodlands for the benefits of health, work and play.   

The Volunteer Champions help support Forestry Commission Scotland’s engagement programme in central Scotland in a variety of ways from talking to members of the community, to helping deliver events and woodland activities.    

Delivered in partnership with CEMVO (Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations), the training initiative was set up to promote access to local woodlands no matter a person’s race, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, religion or beliefs.    

Amanda Bryan, Chair of the National Committee for Scotland, said: 

“We’re delighted to announce £33,000 funding for the Volunteer Community Champions programme to continue the project in 2016 / 17.   

“The programme is intentionally designed to be flexible so it fits with the needs of the individual volunteer.  We hope that more volunteers come forward and join the programme so we can continue to work with local communities to ensure everyone is enjoying the woodlands.”  

Colin Lee, Chief Executive of CEMVO, said: 

“The initiative is about identifying groups and communities who do not consider woodlands as a place to visit and take part in community life.   The continued funding means we can keep engaging with these groups and demonstrate the benefits of using local woodlands to help learn new skills, meet new people or take part in organised community events.  We’re really pleased to announce the continued funding for next year.”   

The programme is part of Forestry Commission Scotland’s Engagement programme in central Scotland which aims to promote the use of the woodlands to minority groups and communities, ensuring that all individuals are equally able to enjoy the benefit from accessing woodlands and forests. 

For more information on how to get involved please contact Sadia Ismail on 01698 368 559. 

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.