Category Archives: Training


FREE Fuel Poverty and Energy Awareness Training



Eco Open Homes Events Organisation

I wanted to let you know of an opportunity that is available to learn more about eco open homes events and how one might go about organising such an event.

Bristol Green Doors have run 4 very successful and well attended events in Bristol, now with the support of the Energy Saving Trust and their Ready for Retrofit project we are offering community groups in the South West area an opportunity to learn more about these events.

We are holding a series of 1/2 day roadshows across the region, starting with Swindon on 24th Jan and then Bournemouth/Poole on 29th Jan, Exeter/Plymouth 7th Feb and Taunton 12th Feb. These events are free to attend and we will introduce you to why open homes events are useful and will do a short workshop on getting started. Its worth attending even if you haven’t thought about doing one of these events before – it might get those thoughts in process if nothing else.

Following on from these events we will be offering between 2-4 groups the opportunity to receive free in-depth mentoring to help them organise their own event. There is no requirement to put an event on, though it would be excellent if this happened!

If anyone from your group is interested in attending one of these roadshows then please do contact Kate Watson asap to book your place. email or tel: 07725447361. There is no catch and we aren’t trying to make you do anything your not interested in doing – but if you’d like to discuss this further do get in touch. Many thanks, Kate

FREE training in working with volunteers

Dear All,

Just a brief advance notification that we will be running another FREE training day on working with volunteers, with particular focus on green groups/projects and working with young people. The course is organised in partnership with Dorset Youth Association and Volunteer Centre Dorset as part of the Big Lottery funded project Supporting Change and Impact, and will take place on Saturday 2 February 10-4 at Dorchester Youth Association. So if you’re keen to get more volunteers involved in your group or project, and/or would like to involve more young people, make a note in your diary! More details of the training and how to book will follow in the new year.

Best wishes,

Susan Anders
Sustainability Officer


01305 213721

Please note I only work one and a half days a week, usually Monday and Friday, so may not be able to reply to emails immediately.

PO Box 5789

Free volunteer management training for green groups and organisations in Dorset

Dear Colleague, 

In August you will have received an email from myself about our work with Dorset Youth Association and the Dorset Volunteer Centre, to help environmental groups to engage more effectively with young people and to encourage young people to volunteer in environmental projects.  I am writing to you now because you responded to say you were interested in being involved, and we now have the first FREE training course planned, which you may like to take part in.

This FREE training course will enable environmental groups to learn about about effective recruitment and management of volunteers, with particular emphasis on young volunteers. It takes place on Saturday 10th November at Dorset Youth Association, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, DT1 1QL, starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm.   More details below:

“Getting it right with volunteers” 

Volunteer Management training day, to include 21st century recruitment, retention, and good practices when working with volunteers

Speakers to include

Karen Jones (Volunteer Centre Dorset) 

Emma Brown (Dorset Youth Association) 

Steve Davis (Dorset Wildlife Trust) tbc 

If you are interested in attending, please complete the attached delegation form and return it as soon as possible to Emma Brown at DYA by email – – or using the address printed on the form. 

Spaces are limited, so please reply promptly to ensure a place.

Further details can be obtained by contacting Emma Brown directly, or myself and my colleague Susan Anders here at da21.

A draft agenda is avaliable to view on our website


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sk: paul.mcintosh21
Working in partnership with Dorset Community Action, Dorset Youth Association, and Dorset Volunteer Bureau

Renewable Technologies – half day training sessions in Bridport

Support for involving Youth Groups in Green activities

Dear colleague,

da21 has recieved a small amount of funding to work alongside Dorset Youth Association and Dorset Volunteer Bureau to assist environmental groups and organisations to engage with young people.

We are aware that many of you are already involving young people in your work and projects, this support is to build on this, and help to remove some of the barriers around involving young people for those who wish to.

More details are in the letter attached to this email, but a summary of the support we can provide includes

  • Support in attracting youth volunteers to your project / group
  • Two training events, the first planned in October on managing volunteers with a particular emphasis on the skills needed to work with young people
  • A conference in March 2013 bringing together young people and environmental groups working or aspiring to work with them.
  • Advice on CRB checks (which are not always necessary) and free CRB checks where needed
  • Free First Aid Training

Please do get in touch if you feel that you would benefit from support from the project, which runs until March 2013.

Please forward the information to groups and individuals who you feel may benefit.

Apologies for any cross postings.

kind regards
Paul McIntosh & Susan Anders

Project website

Paul McIntosh

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Working in partnership with Dorset Community Action


You are invited to RIO+20: Tuesday 19th June 2012 Bristol Zoo, Clifton Pavilions SWEN plenary 10.00am – 4.00pm.

In the week where global leaders are meeting to renew international commitment to Rio principles, the South West Environment Network (SWEN) invites decision-makers in the South West, in local government, civil society, & those involved in economic, community and spatial planning, to reconnect with sustainable development.

Come to the ‘SWEN RIO+20 Plenary’ and hear from and talk to leaders in sustainable development and green growth. Discuss solutions in the SW.

Panel members and speakers include:

Leslie Watson, Director for Sustainability South West
Molly Scott Cato, Green economist & Professor of Strategy and Sustainability, Roehampton University
Paul Morling, Senior Economist RSPB, Bedfordshire
Guy Watson, Riverford Organic Farms
Sam Whatmore, Forest Fuels
Darren Hall, Bristol Green Capital Partnership

Protecting and enhancing the natural environment must be the cornerstone of an economic recovery programme for a region like the south west, one that trades beyond all, on the quality of its environment. We seek to blend the interests and resources of business, community and the third sector by making the case for sustainable economic activities and more diverse models for business investment.

To book your place at the RIO+20 Plenary and for a full programme visit SWEN Registration is £50 (includes lunch, refreshments and free entry to the Zoo). If you prefer to contact us directly please email Jo Traill Thomson or telephone 01840 770942.


9.30 – 10.00 Coffee & registration

10.00 Welcome & introductions, Mark Robins Senior Policy Officer RSPB SW

10.05 Leslie Watson, Director of Sustainability South West: 20 years on – the science and ‘the art’ of Leadership for Sustainability

10.35 Molly Scott Cato, Green economist, & Professor of Strategy and Sustainability, Roehampton University: There is no Wealth but Life: Regenerating our Local Economies.

11.05 Paul Morling, Senior Economist RSPB, The next paradigm: sustainable development & the framework for decision making

11.35 Questions to Speakers

11.50 Short break

12.00 Café Style discussions generating 3 questions from each table for the Panel

12.30 Lunch & networking

13.15 Panel discussion addressing key questions

14.00 Solutions in the SW:

Guy Watson (Riverford Organic Farms),
Sam Whatmore (Forest Fuels),
Darren Hall (Bristol Green Capital Partnership).

15.00 Panel discussion

15.45 – 16.00 Closing comments, Tea and depart

To book your place and for a full programme visit the SWEN website Registration is £50. If you prefer to contact us directly please email Jo Traill Thomson or telephone 01840 770942.