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Duckworth Worcestershire Trust Trustee recruitment
Are you passionate about the environment in Worcestershire and beyond? Are you seeking a new challenge or a chance to develop new skills?  Are you looking for a way to give something back to your community?
The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust is seeking new Trustees who share our passion and can help shape our strategic future.  Becoming a charity trustee is an amazing way to give back to the causes you love, connect with your community, boost your career, confidence, happiness, and health. Whether you are an experienced Trustee or someone wanting to take your first step at board level, we want to hear from you.  We are keen to achieve a diverse board of trustees, and we welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds.
The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust has been involved environmental and social projects throughout Worcestershire for the last 21 years, with the aim of protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment for the benefit of Worcestershire citizens.   However, with urgent wider global issues like the current climate emergency and loss of habitats and their dependent biodiversity, we are keen to focus more energy on tackling these challenges, and to inspire, educate and motivate people to lead a more environmentally friendly life.
We are interested in applications from those who have one or more of the following:

  • experience in financial management to balance commercial viability with our charitable purposes
  • fundraising
  • human resource & legal expertise, particularly surrounding contracts, and compliance
  • a background in digital and marketing experience to reach and support our beneficiaries
  • campaigning and / or enthusiasm about driving change and making a difference in their community through strategic thinking.

Board members are expected to be 18 years or over and work with The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust for a minimum term of three years.  Commitment is approximately one day a month including Board meetings every other month.  This is an unpaid position but out of pocket expenses will be paid.
If you would like an informal discussion about the organisation or the position, please contact Jilly Duckworth on 07790 078885.
For more information and to apply click here.
The closing date for applications is 23 November 2020.  Interviews will be held shortly after.

The Pump House Environment Centre cafe and eco shop is OPEN for sit in and take out food. Please download the NHS test and track app for use whilst in the building. The Pump House has a registered QR code on display.
The Pump House has temperature screening in place on arrival for the covid security of all visitors and staff. There is no need to pre book a table but seating is limited to 6 within a household or support bubble. As we have social distancing in place our seating is limited but our take out service is still available.
The toilets are open but to use them you must be willing to engage with our covid security system and log in with the NHS Test and Trace app or use the  paper sign in.
The Pump House is open from 10am to 4pm, seven days a week.
Please check out the facebook page for more information on opening hours.
All meeting room bookings are still currently suspended.

WRE is now open.
Please note there are now new winter opening hours with private appointments available for schools. There are strict hygiene controls and restrictions on the number of shoppers and no children are allowed in the store at present.
WRE now have a You Tube channel inspiring creative reuse. Subscribe and be the first in the know about up and coming online creative workshops using the amazing resources that WRE rescues from landfill.

Do check out the work that has been going on by the staff and community volunteers supporting our NHS: http://www.wre.uk.com/blog/a-salute-to-seamsters

November 2020:








Sunday 1st November
World Vegan Day
World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world. Think differently about what you eat. Try the Vegan Society’s seven day vegan challenge and eat to save the world. Going vegan is one of the most significant things that you can do to help combat climate change and reduce further damage to the natural world.

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November
Grow Gheluvelt
Gheluvelt Friends need your help to plant 4,000 native bluebells, daffodils and snowdrops in Gheluvelt Park. Come along to the free bulb planting event and help create a beautiful wave of stunning spring flowers near the play area in Gheluvelt Park. You will be given some bulbs to throw and plant with a sanitised bulb planter. This event is very suitable for any age and families are welcome. Please book a ticket for each person coming. Please bring your own gloves and lots of enthusiasm. Due to COVID they will be booking 1 hour slots for 6 volunteers at a time between 10.00 and 4.30 on both days via eventbrite.
Please check on eventbrite and facebook event pages before coming in case of new covid restrictions

Thursday 12th to Monday 16th November
From The Ground Up: Online Global Gathering For Climate Justice
From the Ground Up is a space for activists and movements to come together, strategise, and build power for systemic change. This November, COP26 was due to take place in Glasgow. To mark this moment, the COP26 Coalition is hosting From the Ground Up – an online space to educate, strategise and co-ordinate, to build power and connect within our global justice movements. Discussions include the need for a Global Green New Deal and how we all work towards a global plan of action to create the change we need from the ground up.
Register your free place via www.eventbrite.co.uk

Thursday 19th November
World Toilet Day
Climate change is getting worse. Flood, drought and rising sea levels are threatening sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants. Everyone must have sustainable sanitation that can withstand climate change and keep communities healthy and functioning. Sustainable sanitation systems also reuse waste to safely boost agriculture and reduce and capture emissions for greener energy.
In the UK we are part of the lucky 39% of the world’s population that has access to a toilet and a safely managed sanitation service.
World Toilet Day raises awareness and vital funds to build more taps and toilets around the world as 1 in 3 people do not have access to a toilet in the world. Whoever you are, wherever you are, sanitation is your human right. #leavingnoonebehind #WorldToiletDay

Friday 27th November
Buy Nothing Day
Buy Nothing Day is where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from buying stuff – anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending! Instead of shopping people around the world will take part in a 24 hour moratorium on consuming, either as a personal experiment or public statement.

Green Friday
Go green for Black Friday instead.

Saturday 28th November to 6th December
National Tree Week
A great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape. Each year the Tree Council’s member organisations such as voluntary bodies and local authorities, up to 200 schools and community groups, 8,000 Tree Wardens and many others, support the initiative by setting up socially distanced fun, worthwhile and accessible events, inspiring upward of a quarter of a million people to get their hands dirty and together plant around a million trees.

2020 is the:
United Nations International Year of Plant Health
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
#PlantHealth #IYPH2020

International Year of Sound
The International Year of Sound is a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound in all aspects of life on earth and will lead towards an understanding of sound-related issues at the national and international level.
IYS2020 will aim to stimulate the understanding, throughout the world, of the important role that sound plays in all aspects of our society. Also encouraging an understanding of the need for the control of noise in nature, in the built environment, and in the workplace.