This funding will help run taster sessions so those interested in volunteering can give it a go. The project will bring people together to learn new skills and meet new friends, reducing loneliness and social isolation. There will also be regular events, where communities can take part in bat walks, moth nights, bird watching and guided walks. To add to this, they will help develop and maintain the nature reserves by managing the woodland, creating hedgerows, and keeping footpaths clear. The National Lottery grant will help recruit a new member of staff who will engage with the local community, co-ordinate the volunteers and deliver the sessions.
Amanda Evans, Development Director at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said: “It’s fantastic to be awarded National Lottery funding so we can see our Leamington’s Green Connections project come to life. Volunteering has so many positives and we can’t wait to get local people involved in our activities, improving their mental health and fitness, whilst benefiting our local green spaces. People will also have the opportunity to take part in training sessions on first aid and health and safety, so in the future they can lead activities and community events.”