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Good News Thursday #11

Good Morning! Let’s start the day with some good news!

Worth shouting about

You are reading Learning for Sustainability Scotland’s weekly news platform that shares all the good LfS news from our members. If you’d like to feature in our #GNT platform, see details below.

TWEEDGREEN RECEIVE NATIONAL LOTTERY AWARDS FOR ALL TO DELIVER ECOHEROES TO SCHOOLS IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS.

The project will deliver their primary environmental education programme, Ecoheroes, in five local schools in the Scottish Borders area. Sessions include full day Ecoheroes Days, where pupils dress up and take part in various ‘eco’ challenges. Involving the whole school plus members of the community makes the project all-inclusive. The programme is based on an Ecoheroes passport with challenges (for different age groups) under various theme headings such as Energy, Food and Transport. Teachers are provided with lesson plans and other resources, as well as volunteers and leaders to guide them through the day. Challenges concentrate on small changes individual pupils can make to help improve their carbon footprint. In addition, Tweedgreen are providing Carbon Conversations workshops for parents of pupils.

For more information on Tweedgreen email here.

CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL GRANT OFFER WASTE ACTION GRANTS – BUT HURRY!

Communities across Edinburgh are being urged to submit their applications to the City of Edinburgh Council for a Waste Action Grant as the deadline fast approaches. Grants are available to fund eco-friendly projects that will encourage more people in the Capital to reduce, reuse and recycle. Groups can now also apply for grants to support litter campaigns and projects that aim to run preventative litter campaigns are encouraged to apply.

Environmentally conscious householders, community groups, youth groups and schools are all being urged to submit an application for funding by Tuesday 20th October.

A range of funding is available, from smaller grants of £50-£200 to larger grants of £500 – £2500.

For more information click here 

ECO-DRAMA FINALISE FANTASTIC PROJECT – OUT TO PLAY

Eco Schools

with 4 CPD sessions in Glasgow, taking teachers from the classroom to the playground enjoying some outdoor fun!

Looking at the unique role of Drama and Storytelling within Outdoor Learning, Drama Artist Ben Mali McFadyen, the Eco Drama Team and 93 enthusiastic primary teachers used their imagination to explore playgrounds, play games and listen to some special storytelling.

Experiences were shared and reflected on how to integrate outdoor learning techniques into the school curriculum and how best to engage pupils with natural environments in exciting and creative ways. In all types of mischievous Glasgow weather of course!

Over 4 days in September, 93 teachers took part from across 33 Glasgow Primary Schools all leaving with their very own Out to Play Outdoor Learning Resource Pack! 

For more details on the Out to Play project: http://www.ecodrama.co.uk/projects/out-to-play/

NEW WALKING CHALLENGE APP – MEDAL ROUTES – UPDATES AS TWO FANTASTIC PROJECTS JOIN FORCES

Medal Routes

Ramblers Scotland Medal Routes project and SNH’s Simple Pleasures campaign have teamed up this winter to offer a fantastic walking challenge using the new Medal Routes App.  It has never been so easy to go walking with over 600 short walking routes across Scotland on the free walking App:  http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/routes-and-places-to-walk/medal-routes/medal-route-simple-pleasures-challenge.aspx

ROYAL HIGHLAND EDUCATION TRUST WISH TO RECRUIT A PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR.

For full information on the vacancy please click here for more details:

Deadline for applications is 16 October 2015

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LFS SCOTLAND AGM – TUESDAY 8 DECEMBER 2015

save-the-date

The LfS Scotland AGM is a fantastic way to find out more about the practical side of the organisation by taking part in the workshops and discussions to help shape the work of LfS Scotland in the coming months and years. There will also be hands on, practical workshops and CPD sessions as well as the chance to catch up with work colleagues and friends old and new with over a tasty lunch and a cup of coffee or two.

The AGM is open to members only and always books up fast. If you would like to attend the AGM, first you have to sign up as members. You can do so here: http://lfsscotland.us5.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=bf65f0bf4424cce0e79cb26fa&id=4eab2833e3

Bookings have not yet been launched but make sure you put the date in your diary so you don’t miss out on this fantastic event.

AND FINALLY…. LFS SCOTLAND LAUNCHES NEW PROMOTIONAL FEATURE FOR MEMBERS

Photo of the Month

We are always looking for new ways to celebrate the great work that our members get involved in. This new feature: Photo of the Month is a fun and interesting way to let the rest of the LfS community know what you’re doing.

If you’re a member of LfS Scotland and you would like your photo featured then click here to find out more:

Please note that Good News Thursday will be enjoying the October break with the rest of Scotland! It will return again on Thursday 29 October. Make sure you feature in the next one by submitting all good news before Tuesday 27 October

Good News Thursday…

…is a new weekly platform for you – LfS Scotland’s members – to celebrate the great work that our members have been doing. Let us shout it from the mountain tops to over 900 people across Scotland. If you have some good news you’d like to share, please email Abi Cornwall, Development Officer. Please remember you have to be members of LfS Scotland for inclusion. Not sure if you’re a member? Click here for details.