On Tuesday 30 March, Owen – Head of Membership and Programme and Elaine, our Green Mentor in Leeds and Bradford attended the first Green Influencers Scheme Conference. The conference took place online and was organised by The Ernest Cook Trust.
Green Influencers is a youth social action campaign working all over England with lots of local organisations to help young people aged 10-14 engage in local projects in their communities to make them better places to live.
It was a packed day and an opportunity to meet all the Green Mentors and organisations working on the scheme from across the country.
Highlights of the day included hearing from the Youth Advisory Board who were the inspirational young people who planned and organised the nationwide scheme and who will decide on the grant applications
Participants also heard a talk from Rhiane from Black Girls Hike an incredible organisation tackling the lack of inclusivity in the outdoor industry and outdoor spaces. 10% of the British population is from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds but only 1% of National Park visitors are, and Black Girls Hike are working create opportunities to change this. As well as from Amy from Kids Against Plastic a charity she set up with her sister when they were just 10 and 14 who have picked up 82,000 pieces of single-use plastic litter ,done a TedX talk and help people and organisations become ‘plastic clever’ to reduce using plastic in the first place.
Elaine is beginning work with her Green Influencers in Leeds and Bradford in April and we are sure they will achieve great things!
Please contact Elaine Brown at email@example.com if you live in Leeds and Bradford or fill out this form.
Follow us on Twitter @WcF_Influencers. If you live in another area of England please check the map to find your local Green Mentor.
The Green Influencers Scheme was set up by The Ernest Cook Trust (an educational charity) and is match funded with the #iwill Fund. The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) are each investing £25 million seed funding to create the #iwill Fund and The Ernest Cook Trust is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.