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Faith Action for Nature – Helensburgh and Lomond Churches visit RSPB Reserve

As part of the Faith Action for Nature pilot, members of eco-congregations from the Helensburgh and Lomond network connected with their local RSPB Scotland representative to explore Gartocharn.

This is a story from them:

Our link is with RSPB Gartocharn, one of the newest reserves in RSPB Scotland portfolio, and we have been in contact with reserve manager Paula Baker, and community manager, Emma Martinelli.   Rev Elizabeth Houston from Alexandria Parish church is a life fellow of RSPB and Mary Sweetland, a member.

In August, Rev Liz and Mary walked the site with Emma, thinking on preparing a reflective walk to be used by visitors, and Rev Liz prepared the pamphlet RSPB Loch Lomond.   On Sunday 16th Sept, during Creation Time, a group of 16 members of Alexandria Parish Church (and one dog)  met at the reserve, on a beautiful afternoon and completed the walk in just over an hour. Only two had visited the site before, and what was surprising was that a few did not realise that RSPB is a charity, they thought it was funded by government.

A group of children had been pond-dipping before we arrived and we were able to see what treasures had been found with instruction from the staff.

The walk around the reserve is suitable for all, not too strenuous and wheelchair accessible, (but one steep part needs care). A group of children had been pond-dipping before we arrived and we were able to see what treasures had been found with instruction from the staff.

In Autumn, although the Ospreys have headed back to Africa for the winter, we kept our eyes peeled for a red squirrel, and the wicker animals.   There were an astounding crop of fungi this season, but we didn’t have a mycologist with us!

A donation was made to the RSPB from the offerings from the Harvest Lunch at Alexandria Parish Church at the end of October.

The members of the Helensburgh and Lomond network completed the walk on 5th October and we plan to promote a visit again in spring 2019. They’ve also produced a leaflet on RSPB Loch Lomond Points to Ponder for RSPB Scotland staff can for other visitors.

Faith Action for Nature – Autumn Resources available now!

As the year turns, the leaves change and the days lengthen, it’s time to dip into our Autumn resource pack for inspiration. Click HERE

The theme for this season is Shelter, with reflections on the various images of God as our refuge. Do some shelter-building in the woods, install homes for wildlife, and think about the birds and animals that take shelter around your home and your church.

We’d love to know what you find useful about the resources – or not so helpful. Drop us a line to tell us about your experiences.

Postcode Local Trust – Short Window Funding available

There are a few days left to apply if you’re looking for financial help towards biodiversity and outdoor projects! Get your skates on!

Established in 2015, the Postcode Local Trust provides grants to projects that are beneficial to local areas. It offers funding for outdoor projects related to play areas, green spaces, sustainable energy and conservation. Postcode Local Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The Postcode Local Trust is offering grants for local projects which support improve biodiversity and outdoor spaces such as:

  • Community gardens and play areas using sustainable materials.
  • Outdoor education and heritage.
  • Green energy projects and flood prevention.

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.

There is a two-step application process.

Stage 1 applications will be accepted from 1 August to 15 August 2018.

http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/applying-for-a-grant

Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants

Anyone looking for small grants towards their church conservation project? We’d particularly suggest checking this out if you’re taking part in the Faith Action for Nature project.

Grab A Grant!  As the blistering hot summer starts fading into a more recognisable Scottish pattern, now is the time to start thinking about preparing your local outdoor green spaces for Autumn and Winter.   Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of £250 are available to any group of volunteers who are carrying out practical conservation, biodiversity work and habitat creation. We also have a VERY LIMITED number of Enhanced Health Grants of £500 for projects providing substantial health benefits. All Projects must complete by December  1st 2018.
To get started, click this link to REGISTER.
For more information visit our website at https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/project/action-earth/

Good Money Week 2018

Good Money Week is a campaign to show you there are sustainable and ethical options when it comes to your bank, pension, savings and investments.

At this year’s Good Money Week conference on we will provide you with an opportunity to consider how your faith, values and finances interact. Learn how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relate to positive decisions about our money and how we can help ensure a sustainable world now and in the future.

Date: 9:30 – 13:30, Wednesday 3 October 2018

Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

The conference will be chaired by Wendy Young from Christian Aid Scotland. There will be a keynote address on intergenerational justice from Christopher Stockwell (ECCR), and you will have the opportunity to take part in workshop sessions looking at the Climate Change and Education SDGs followed by a Q&A panel discussion.

Confirmed workshop: Triodos Bank, Scotwest Credit Union with Young Scot and Prosper Social Finance – more follow.

The event is free and open to the public. Delegates are also invited to join us for a complimentary buffet lunch.

Partners: Church of Scotland, ECCR, EthicalFutures, Anderson MacPhie Financial Services, Oikocredit, Christian Aid Scotland, Triodos Bank, Scotwest Credit Union

Sponsored by: Triodos Bank, EthicalFutures and Anderson MacPhie Financial Services

For more information and booking click here