People from across the UK can now apply to take part in a Community Camp delivered by educational and environmental charity The Eden Project in partnership with National Lottery. The Community Camp brings people who care about the community together virtually, to share, connect and learn from each other’s recent experiences and to build confidence to take small steps to do good things where they live. Community Camp is two days of joy, learning, inspiration and sharing with the aim that participants will grow confidence, friendship and support that remains long after the camp has ended. It is a completely free experience, thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund and will take place on the 1st & 2nd October 2021. This Camp is tailored to help inspire and support anyone new to community activity - at the start of the journey. Eden Project Communities Northern Ireland Manager, Grainne McCloskey said:
“Research carried out in the late Spring revealed that nearly half of people (45%) would like to do more for their local community but many struggle to get over the first hurdle of getting started. What-ever your life circumstances, if you would like to do something where you live, Eden Project Communities can help you."
Perhaps you have volunteers that with a little more confidence, could do more of what they love? Perhaps you know a group who enjoyed a taste of being more involved in their community over the recent months, and could benefit from a fun learning experience to boost their connections and ambitions?
Who is Community Camp For & What to expect? Community Camp is an immersive learning experience, offering a mix of practical activities, workshop sessions and networking opportunities for people from across the UK. Their Community Camps currently take place online and for their next Camp in October, they'll be piloting a new concise delivery model, designed for newcomers who want to get started. For more information on who this camp is suitable for and what to expect, look here- https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/who-is-camp-for-and-what-to-expect The application form is here - https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/community-camp-application Applications are now open so please help them to share this fantastic experience as far and wide as possible with anyone who you think might be interested - notice boards, emails, newsletters, word of mouth - it all helps! A little extra info:
Community Camps are specifically for the benefit of voluntary community members, and unfortunately, they're unable to allocate funded places to people who are applying as part of a paid community role, or those who have attended either a camp at Eden or online before.