Sunday, May 28, 2023

Land of the Fanns extends training offer

Community heritage and environment groups offered advice and expertise 

The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme has rescheduled its training programme which had to be postponed due to lockdown and now has even more to offer community groups who look after local heritage or environmental projects. 

The training is focussed on small charities and voluntary groups for them to gain useful knowledge across various aspects of managing volunteers, working with different communities and communicating effectively. 

The training will now take place digitally, making it easily accessible to the majority of people.  The training sessions on offer cover a wide range of topics that will be useful to long established charities and groups or those just starting out.  The sessions on offer are:

Tuesday 11 and Thursday 13 August – Volunteering Recruitment, Management and Retention

Tuesday 18 August – Strategies for success: developing a plan for your content and communications

Thursday 10 September – Protecting green spaces and natural heritage sites 

Tuesday 25 August – Bringing it to life: story telling techniques and tips/ tricks for engaging audiences 

Tuesday 22 September – Press and Public Relations

Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 October – Engaging the Community

Tuesday 3 November and Thursday 5 November– Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees 

Land of the Fanns has commissioned Epitome Consultancy and Training and ROSA Productions to provide this element of the training as part of the Land of the Fanns Landscape Champions of Tomorrow project which aims to offer communities the skills to take ownership of their green spaces and local heritage. Participants will gain a better understanding of the policies and practices that are critical to effective volunteering engagement and how to evaluate the impact of volunteering, how to develop your writing skills for digital media, learn which roles are needed on a board of trustees and learn different methods of engagement with communities. 

On Thursday 10 September, the Protecting green spaces and Natural heritage sites training will give attendees useful information about protecting their local natural resources, including using Neighbourhood Plans to protect green space. The Locality workshop is free and open to anyone with an interest in protecting a site in their local community. The Land of the Fanns is able to offer the workshops run by Locality as it has received a grant from a partnership between Co-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The ‘Space to Connect’ funding will be used to deliver community workshops to locate and record local heritage sites and valued green spaces, discuss how best to use them and give them better protection for the future. Space to Connect was launched in June 2019, at the same time as Co-op’s Endangered Spaces campaign to protect, support and improve 2,000 community spaces by 2022.

The Land of the Fanns is one of 57 organisations across England to receive a grant from the £1.6 million partnership, designed to help communities tackle loneliness by improving and protecting local spaces that bring people together. Space to Connect follows commitments made in the Government’s Civil Society and Loneliness Strategies, published in 2018, to help create sustainable community hubs and spaces where they are most needed. Funding also builds on the Co-op Foundation’s work to strengthen community spaces where people can connect and co-operate. 

The training sessions are open to all but places are limited and booking is essential. To book, please visit:

Benjamin Sanderson, Land of the Fanns Scheme Manager said ‘Through offering training for volunteers and community groups involved in local heritage we want to secure a great legacy for the Land of the Fanns scheme. This training has been specifically tailored to help with some of the trickier aspects of heritage projects from fundraising and governance to engaging volunteers. This is a great opportunity to get involved in some high-quality training.’ 

The Land of the Fanns is a unique £2.4 million Landscape Partnership Scheme, awarded £1.36 million by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2016. The five-year Scheme brings together nine partner organisations with a commitment to work towards a shared goal of enabling local people to discover, restore and enjoy what’s special about the local landscape. Thames Chase Trust is the project’s lead partner. Thames Chase manages the Community Forest in which the Land of the Fanns office is based.  

The other partners are: Forestry England, Thames Estuary Partnership, Brentwood Borough Council, London Borough of Havering, Essex County Council, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, Thames21 and Thurrock Council.


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