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CONTENTS

Introduction
Events
Courses
Resources
Funding/News
Policy
Jobs
Spotlight


INTRODUCTION

Introduction

Hello and welcome to the February SDEN bulletin. The Network has its annual meeting on 29 th March in
Edinburgh this year, so put the date in your diary! Feb/March also sees the annual Fairtrade Fortnight and
Climate Week, as well as a host of other conferences, seminars and workshops, to get us into action! The
Spotlight this month is a new charity, Fred Edwards Trust, which has an exciting Action Learning Programme
on offer.


Regards
Norah Barnes
email: bulletin@sdenetwork.org

For all other enquiries contact:
Abi Cornwall, SDE Network coordinator, tel. 07506 189 600
email: coordinator@sdenetwork.org and website: www.sdenetwork.org



SDE NETWORK EVENT
       SDE NETWORK SEMINAR – An Introduction to Ecological Footprinting
                    Tuesday 28 February, 10am-12.30pm
                        The Melting Pot, Edinburgh



                                                                    This workshop will:
  We are regularly told that we are using the Earth’s resources
  at an unsustainable rate but how do we know? More
                                                                     Introduce the concept of Ecological
  importantly how do we know how much we need to change to               Footprinting
  be sustainable?                                                    Set out the main elements that make up
  Ecological Footprinting is one of the main ways of measuring           a footprint
  how sustainable we are as individuals, organisations, countries    Highlight the Footprint resources
  or as the Human Race.                                                  available to educators for individuals,
  Speakers:                                                              schools & local authorities
  WWF will introduce the concept of Ecological Footprinting,         Discuss how these can be used in
  what it can tell us and then highlight the Footprint resources         education work
  available from the SSN.
  Who is the seminar for?
                                                                    This seminar is FREE to all SDEN members - £25
 Of particular interest to Teachers and other members of the
 schools community (SMT, Eco-Schools co-ordinators,                 to all non members. To Book your place call
                                                                    contact Abi Cornwall on 07560 189 600 or
 members OUTSIDE teams), council
EVENTS of Eco-SchoolsSCOTLAND officers and anybody
 with an education remit.                                           email: coordinator@sdenetwork.org




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EVENTS IN SCOTLAND

1. Take One Action Film Festival Tour, various venues, February 2012
Take One Action is Scotland’s global action cinema project. It links audiences, movies, campaigners and
communities to inspire shared responses to issues of global concern. All events feature discussion with local
business, campaigners and filmmakers. In February the festival is touring round the country to other venues,
from Dunblane to Aberdeen, Nairn, Stornoway, Skye and lots more. The Festival is supported by The Co-
operative and Creative Scotland.

Visit the website for full programme: http://takeoneaction.org.uk


2. The Outward Bound Trust, Free Taster Event, Glasgow, 10th February
The Outward Bound Trust is providing a free taster event at their urban centre, the Metro, based in Glasgow.
It is an ideal opportunity to find out more about our provision, both residential & non- residential, and to learn
more about our evaluation process and social impact research. You’ll participate in an activity whilst
networking with colleagues and finding out how the Metro centre can support your young people and
organization.

Please contact angela.simpson@outwardbound.org.uk for further details.
3. Sustainable Futures Forum Student Conference, Strathclyde Uni, Glasgow, 10-11th Feb
To celebrate Go Green Week in Scotland, People & Planet is organising a weekend conference for students.
This will be an opportunity for university and college students from across Scotland to network and exchange
ideas on sustainability and social justice projects and campaigns on their campuses. Packed with talks,
workshops, skills-shares, open space sessions and of course a party, the Sustainable Futures Forum will be
the student sustainability event of the year in Scotland!
Find out more: www.peopleandplanet.org/scotland/sustainable-futures/events



4. Health and Place - Sustainable Place Making, Battleby, Perthshire, 16th February
Planning and design can make places that support more active, healthy lives and encourage community
participation. Well-managed accessible greenspace can also help create places that address the impacts of
climate change and the need for low carbon living. Share and discuss recent examples of planning and
placemaking that have helped create healthy, sustainable places.

Organised by SNH in partnership with HEN (Highland Env Network) and Greenspace Scotland. For booking and
more info contact: email sgp@snh.gov.uk, tel: 01738 458556, website:
http://www.snh.gov.uk/policy-and-guidance/sharing-good-practice


5. GrowFORTH Local Food Summit, Albert Halls, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, Saturday 25 February
2012
10am – 2pm, for anyone interested in local sustainable food – whether you want to buy it, eat it, grow it, sell
it, cook it, share it…or simply savour it! GrowFORTH market place – interactive stalls and displays laden with
inspiration. GrowFORTHought – From our keynote speaker – Mike Small from The Fife Diet. GrowFORTH
Garden Café – Discussion tables exploring all sorts of foodie topics and projects. Funders Corner – Explaining
the menu of funding possibilities. Ideas Tree – Pin your ideas to the tree and watch them grow. Eat Local with
Forth Valley College ‘Catering@the campus’ – a tasty buffet lunch using local produce and ingredients. Kids’
Corner – Family friendly fun so that children can share their ideas too.

To book a place please download the registration form from: www.forthenvironmentlink.org.uk or
www.lowcarbonstirling.com. Or contact event co-ordinator: Carron on 07715773660 / email:
carron.tobin@ruraldimensions.com. Places are limited, so please book early



6. Fairtrade Fortnight, 27th February – 11th March 2012
In 2012 we'll be asking everyone to 'Take a step' for Fairtrade - starting with Fairtrade Fortnight. It can be a
simple step like swapping your tea to fairtrade, or a bigger step, like asking everyone in your office to do it
too. Make it as inventive, daring or funny as you like. Every step counts for millions of farmers, workers and
their communities in developing countries who urgently need a better deal from trade.

Go to: http://step.fairtrade.org.uk/


7. Ecological Footprinting Seminar, The Melting Pot, Edinburgh, 9am - 1pm, 28th February
We are regularly told that we are using the Earth’s resources at an unsustainable rate but how do we know?
More importantly how do we know how much we need to change to be sustainable? Ecological Footprinting is
one of the main ways of measuring how sustainable we are as individuals, organisations, countries or as the
human race. This seminar will introduce the concept of Ecological Footprinting, explore what it can tell us,
highlight some of the Footprint resources available and discuss how these can be used in your work.

To book contact Abi Cornwall at: coordinator@sdenetwork.org or 07506 189 600. This event is free to all SDE
Network members and £25 for non members.


8. The Gathering, SECC, Glasgow, 29th February
The Gathering is Scotland’s unique free event that brings together all parts of the third sector. With 3000+
visitors it is the largest event of its kind in the UK. With over 50 events covering funding, volunteering, health,
employment, policy and much more, you’re bound to discover lots of learning and development opportunities.

Go to: www.gatherscotland.org.uk


9. The Big Pedal, 5-23rd March
In March 2011, over 800 schools pedalled to more than 600,000 journeys to school by bike in just 15 days.
Now it’s back, it’s better and – with your help – even bigger than last year. Once again, every trip to school by
bike will count towards a “virtual” stage race round the UK. It’s all weighted, so big schools and small schools
can compete equally.
There will again be some fantastic prizes. Last year the winner received two bikes and an amazing day with
Team M.A.D., Europe’s top mountain bike team. We will also have regional and daily stage prizes so there is
something for everyone to go for. It’s fun. It’s free!

To register go to: http://thebigpedal.org.uk/



10. The Community Land Scotland (CLS) Annual Conference, Isle of Mull, 13 -14th March
The annual CLS Conference will be in Tobermory, Isle of Mull and is being hosted by the North West Mull
Community Woodland Company. The first part of the Conference, concentrates on policy issues such as the
proposed new Scottish Land Fund; the Crown Estate; the review of the Land Reform Act and transfer of public
land into community ownership. The second day includes looking at current housing opportunities for
community landowners, site visits and more.
For further details and booking contact please go to: http://www.communityland.org.uk/people-
skills/community-land-scotland/787-january-news-from-cls

11. Climate Week, 12-18th March
Climate Week is a national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates in
thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every part of society. Showcasing real,
practical ways to combat climate change, the campaign aims to renew our ambition to create a more
sustainable, low-carbon future. During the first Climate Week in 2011, over 3000 events were attended by
half a million people, across the UK.

To find out more, go to: www.climateweek.com, email: info@climateweek.com or tel: 020 3397 2601.



12. SDEN Seminar, Creating Active Learning Environments,Melting Pot, Edinburgh, 13 March
Active Learning Environments are places where learning helps minds master concepts rather than adding
superficial layers of knowledge. Be they schools, museums, science centres or any other place where minds
can be actively engaged. Interested in finding out more about them and how to put them into practice in your
own education capacity? This seminar looks at where and how some present learning environments are being
transformed to deliver Active Learning and provide you with the knowledge and confidence to apply / teach in
these environments. Free to all SDEN members / £25 for non members. Please note this is a re-scheduled
event from January. For more info, contact: Abi Cornwall, SDE Network Co-ordinator:
coordinator@sdenetwork.org / 07506189600 to book a place or to find out more.


13. Trellis 6th Annual Conference: People Grow Better in Gardens, Perth, 15th March
Come along to the Trellis 6th Annual Conference and be inspired by the project showcases, speakers and
workshops. Take this opportunity to meet with other therapeutic gardeners and like-minded people who value
improving people’s lives through gardening.

Cost:£50, members discount of £10 on the entry fee. Book now and join us to make the day a huge success:
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 or http://www.trellisscotland.org.uk


14. Creativity in the Curriculum - Outdoor Learning and Play Conference, Perth, 16th March
Join some of the most creative and experienced people in the business to bring learning to life and try a range
of tested approaches that will give you inspiration and ideas that you can adapt and use in your own practice.
Workshops include: Storytelling, Sticks and Stones, Big Science Little People, Art attack, Den building for
dummies, and Creative Communities.

This event sells out every year so early booking essential. Cost: £150.00 for non-members, £120.00 for
members. For more info go to: http://www.ltl.org.uk/resources/results.php?id=373


15. HEN Annual Conference - From Fuel Poverty To Green Gold, Drumnadrochit, 24th March
Full programme and list of speakers will be available nearer the date.

For more information contact Carol Masheter, HEN Development Officer at hen@highlandenvironment.org.uk,
website: http://www.highlandenvironment.org.uk/


16. Scottish Permaculture Meeting, Edinburgh, 24th March
This will be the second AGM of the new Permaculture Scotland Network. The day event will include several
workshops on topics such as: intro to permaculture, Forest gardening, Composting / wormeries, Design
examples and more.

If you would like to run a workshop contact James: james@jameschapman.org.uk


15. SDE Network Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 29th March
We are currently working on the finer details to bring to you a fabulous mix of workshops, discussions,
debates and networking sessions. The details of this year's conference will be launched soon but make sure
you keep the date in your diary - as you may know from previous years, our conferences are highly regarded
and usually sell out.

For more info contact Abi Cornwall at: coordinator@sdenetwork.org or 07506 189 600.




EVENTS OUTSIDE OF SCOTLAND

1. EAUC Annual Conference, University of York, 27 – 29th March 2012
This is your opportunity to attend THE sustainability event of the year for the further and higher education
sector in the UK. The EAUC conference gives you the opportunity to hear inspiring keynote speakers from the
sector and beyond, attend workshops on current issues and, most importantly, to network with colleagues and
experts from across the country.
For more info go to: www.eauc.org.uk/annual_conference




COURSES IN SCOTLAND

1. Transition on Tour, Go Green Week, 7 -11th February
Open to all University and College students and staff in Scotland, each day will offer a full schedule of FREE
training to help you launch the most successful environmental projects for your institution. Each day will
include:Project Development and Communications Training; Sustainable Colleges Networking; ‘How to’ Skill-
Share Workshops; Energy Ambassador Training and a Pedal Powered Cinema.
Tour dates: Tues 7th - Aberdeen, Wed 8th - Dundee, Thu 9th - St Andrews, Fri 10th -Edinburgh, Sat11th –
Glasgow. To book online go to: http://www.transitionontour.eventbrite.com
Phone: 07785626156, email: laura.copley@nus-scotland.org.uk

2. Fife Diet Growing Workshops Winter
- Tuesday 21st February 7.30 – 9.30pm, Introduction to Seed Saving
- Sunday 4th March 11 – 1pm Food for Free
The workshops are all free but places are limited so please book a place by contacting Elly at:
elly@fifediet.co.uk or phoning 01592 871371. More details and directions at http://www.fifediet .co.uk/grow-
local/



3. Permaculture Courses, Edinburgh, Feb - June
- Intro to Permaculture, 4/5 Feb. This is a stand alone course but also allows you onto the full course. Price
- £40 to £120 + subsidised places on request.

- Full Design Course over 5 weekends - Feb 11/12, March 10/11, April 14/15, May 12/13 and June 9/10.
Price - Sliding scale from £200 to £600 + subsidised places on request.

For more info and booking forms go to: www.jameschapman.org.uk


4. Therapeutic & Community Garden Training Days, Glasgow
- Health & Safety Training Workshop, Glasgow, 8th Feb
The training day covers: identifying risks and hazards in the garden and in gardening activities; managing risk
through risk assessment, risk reduction and dealing with incidents; health & safety legal and statutory
obligations and insurance requirements.

- Social Enterprise for Community and Therapeutic Gardens, 22nd Feb
Through participative and interactive training, the day aims to look at definitions and different models of social
enterprise, other models of income generation, and case studies of effective social enterprise gardening
projects. Includes site visits and lunch. Cost £20/£35/£70.
For details and booking for both days, please go to: http://www.trellisscotland.org.uk/


5. Astronomy for Outdoor Enthusiasts and Professionals, Fort William, 15 th and 19th Feb
These 2 x 1 day workshops, delivered in conjunction with The Institute for Outdoor Learning Scotland, aim to
explore the basics of astronomy in an accessible and inspiring way. Through a combination of indoor based
theory and outdoor experiential activities, we will explore the origins of the universe, the solar system, the
roles of the sun, moon and seasons, the main northern hemisphere constellations, and ways in which the
wonders of the night sky can be introduced to groups of young people and adults outdoors.

No previous knowledge of astronomy is required! Please bring a packed lunch, outdoor winter clothing, and
binoculars (if you have them). Course fee: £50/£40. Please book through the IOL website:
http://www.outdoor-learning.org, or tel: 01228 564580



6. BTCV/FEVA Training Programme, Feb/March
- Learning Outdoors, Edinburgh - 4 Feb
- Brushcutters & Trimmers (LANTRA), Stirling - 13 & 14 Feb
- First Aid at Work, Stirling - 13 - 15 Feb
- Essentials of Green Gym, Glasgow - 27 Feb
- Building Ponds in Schools for Children and Dragonflies, Edinburgh - date to be confirmed
- Planning to Grow Your Own Food, Edinburgh - 24 Mar

More info here: www.feva-scotland.org/display/feva_learning


7. ASDAN Education Courses, The Engine Shed, Edinburgh, various dates Feb/March
ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body, offering programmes and
qualifications that explicitly grow skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.
- Personal & Social Development (PSD) Workshop, 24th Feb
- Preparatory Workshop for developing Courses for learners with Special Needs, 26 th March
- Main Awards & Short Courses Workshop, 26th March
- Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) Workshop, 27th March
- Employability Workshop, 27th March
For more information and booking go to: http://www.asdan.org.uk/Training_and_Events



8. The EcoSelf Project, Knoydart, 234-31 March 2012

This is a professional development course for those interested in facilitating groups using approaches pioneered on
WWF’s Natural Change Project. Natural Change is an outdoor-based experiential programme designed to engage and
support leaders for sustainability.

The programme consists of two distinct parts. The first three days is spent immersing ourselves personally into the
heart of the Natural Change process as a foundation for learning. The 2nd 3 days is then spent exploring the
techniques, theories, practices and issues of facilitating this process.

For more information on this course: http://www.ecoself.net/courses/natural-change-for-facilitators-march-
201/?utm_source=David+Key+eList&utm_campaign=794d1beb01-NCF_Mar_2012&utm_medium=email


8. Leading Growth - Energy and Environment, Edinburgh, Feb - April
A six-day leadership training programme for those involved in working with environmental issues. The
programme is based on applying leadership theory to your day-to-day role and is delivered by the Social
Enterprise Academy. Gain tools and strategies to develop your abilities as an effective leader capable of
meeting the challenges of growing your organisation and managing change. Training will take place on 22/23
February, 14/15 March and 11/12 April 2012.
The programme is being offered at a subsidised rate of £210 (£35 per day). Call Gordon Jamieson on 0141
611 8811, or email: gordon.jamieson@justenterprise.org to register your interest. More info at:
http://www.theacademy-ssea.org/programmes/open_programmes


9. Natural Change for Facilitators Course, Knoydart, 24 – 31st March
Natural Change for Facilitators is a professional development course for those interested in facilitating groups
using approaches pioneered on WWF’s Natural Change Project. Natural Change is an experiential programme
which combines outdoor experiences, psychotherapy and creative processes to engage and support leaders for
sustainability.
Price: £895.00, six days / seven nights fully residential, including boat transfers. For full details go to:
http://www.ecoself.net/courses/natural-change-for-facilitators-march-201/


10. Adult Courses at The Camas Centre, Isle of Mull, 2012
Camas Centre is an outdoor centre on the Isle of Mull with an environmental focus. In the spring and Autumn
they offer themed weeks aimed at adults who want to experience the community at Camas.
- Organic Gardening, 21 – 27th April
This will be an opportunity to do some useful, practical work in the vegetable garden at Camas and will be
suitable for all gardening abilities, Individual Rate: £189 (Saturday to Friday)
- A Week in Exploring Creation, 15 – 21st Sept
This reflective and recreational programme offers the chance to join with others in exploring creation in the
beautiful setting of Camas. Rate: £230 (Sat to Friday)
Please visit the website, www.iona.org.uk and click on the Camas section for more information


11. Future Courses with Findhorn College, Findhorn, Moray

- Innovation Activism: The Future in your Hands: 9-16th June:
Learning to innovate to achieve positive,
sustainable change.
Link: http://www.findhorncollege.org/programmes/innovationactivism.php
- Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature: 25-31st August: Training for Educators With Megan
Schuknecht and Sam Stier of The Biomimicry Institute.
Link: http://www.findhorncollege.org/programmes/biomimicry.php


COURSES OUTSIDE SCOTLAND

1. Environmental Trainers Network Courses

- Energy Education With Young People, Manchester, 14th Feb
- A Creative Approach To Environmental Education, Manchester, 16th Feb
For further details please contact: Jacki or Helen at ETN on 0121 359 2113, email: ETN@btcv.org.uk, website:
www.btcv.org/etn




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RESOURCES

1. Edible Gardening Project Blog
The Edible Gardening Project is based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and teaches people the basic
skills and knowledge they need to grow their own food. Run jointly with the Scottish Allotments and Gardens
Society and funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery the project is for those who are keen to grow their own
but don’t know where to begin.

Follow the brand new blog: http://ediblegardeningproject.wordpress.com/ for project news and helpful edible
gardening advice.


2. Carbon Trust Workplace Online Tool
The Carbon Trust have published a free online tool - Carbon Trust Empower - to help engage staff in cutting
energy use, paper waste and travel. The virtual tour allows staff to explore energy saving opportunities
throughout their office, including travelling to work, switching off their PC when not in use, printing double-
sided, alternatives to travelling for meetings etc. On completion of the office tour, staff can share their Action
Plans, thus enabling office managers to view the sum of their employees’ individual energy savings.



Go to: http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/cut-carbon-reduce-costs/products-services/web-
tools/empower/pages/empower.aspx


3. New Sustainable Development Resources For Community Groups
A new set of educational resources about sustainable development, for community organizations, has been
produced by the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC). Community Action for a Sustainable
Scotland (CASS) is a set of 7 resources aimed at community projects and groups, which offer advice ranging
from how to develop a sustainability plan to simple tips for recycling and saving energy. They also contain
illustrative examples from projects around Scotland.

To download the resources for free, please visit: http://www.scdc.org.uk/community-capacity-
building/community-action-for-a-sustainable-scotland/

4. “Marks on the Landscape” Resource
Marks on the Landscape, is an interdisciplinary learning resource from Learning and Teaching Scotland. The
context for learning and teaching for this resource is Fife Earth, an ambitious land regeneration project. It
demonstrates how this simple starting point can open up possibilities for creative learning and teaching across
the curriculum.

'Marks on the Landscape' raises questions, encourages investigation and promotes challenges that will help
young people to understand their capacity for creativity in all aspects of their lives, now and in the future. The
resource is designed for primary and secondary teachers.

Go to: http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/marksonthelandscape/about/index.asp


6. Scotland’s Environment Website
For the first time, everything you want to know about Scotland’s environment will now be available at the
touch of a button on a new website provided by Scotland’s key environment and health agencies. Scotland’s
Environment Web – named SEweb – aims to be the gateway to everything you want to know about Scotland’s
environment. This three year project, supported by funding from the European Union, will put Scotland at the
global forefront of sharing environmental information, prioritising problems and involving citizens in assessing
and improving their own environment.

Visit the website at: http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/default.aspx



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FUNDING/NEWS

1. Scotland's Finest Woods Awards - Now open for entry! 

Scotland's Finest Woods (SFW) and the Forest Education Initiative (FEI) have teamed up to run an annual
Schools Award in Scotland. The Award is to encourage and reward schools that increase young people's
understanding and appreciation of the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodlands and
forests. Entry is open to nursery, primary, secondary and special schools. They can be practical or desk
projects involving forestry, woodlands or trees.

There is a cash prize of £500 for the winning school and the second prize is £250. Each school will also receive
a wooden display plaque recording their achievement and a special Tree Pack containing trees for planting or
tree growing kits. Simply complete an entry form and include any examples of pupils' work. The deadline for
entries is 31st March. For further information please go to: www.foresteducation.org or www.sfwa.co.uk



2. New Greener Together Campaign
On 17th January the Scottish Government launched a new national campaign that seeks to empower everyone
to go 'greener together' and play their part in creating a greener, cleaner Scotland.

The new campaign
demonstrates that both large and small actions can collectively make a difference. The campaign will be
delivered via TV advertising, social media and digital activity and a one-stop website, which provides support
and tools to help people take positive action, including the option to develop individual 'greener plans'. 

The
campaign will also be supported by a seven-week national information roadshow, that will visit towns and
cities across Scotland.



Go to: http://www.greenerscotland.org/



3. Funders Forum Report
The Scotland Funders' Forum has produced a report looking at the impacts of funding small, local groups.
The
report, called 'Beneath the Radar' highlights the stories of several small groups across the country. It explains
the work they're doing, the challenges they face and how they are often trying to adapt to reducing incomes.
The report also lists a variety of funding sources provided by the members of the Funders' Forum.
You can download a copy of the report from the website: http://scotlandfundersforum.org.uk/



4. British Trust for Conservation Volunteers Membership
The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) is currently offering groups half price membership of its
Community Network, until 1st April.
The network is designed to help groups who care for some aspect of their
local environment such as a community garden, nature reserve, woodland, allotment, park or open space. At
the heart of the network is a programme of free and subsidised training events. Other network benefits
include support from local offices; online assistance through BTCV's Community Hub; a small grants scheme
enabling groups with limited funds to equip themselves; BTCV's popular insurance scheme and network
bulletins.

For more information about the network, go to: http://www2.btcv.org.uk/display/CLAN, email:
scotland@btcv.org.uk


5. Call for Sustainability Youth Projects Mapping Exercise
Young Scot is currently working on a project, in partnership with the 2020 Climate Group, around young
people and climate change and sustainability. As part of this, they are developing an interactive map of
Scotland, which will highlight current activities within the ‘climate change and sustainability’ field for young
people to take part in, in their local area.

Young Scot would very much appreciate your help with this by letting them know of any relevant projects or
activities (around climate change and sustainability) in your area for young people aged 14 to 26 years
old. Once they have all of the information it will provide a really useful resource.

Please contact Cat Scott, Consultation and Research Officer, email: cats@youngscot.org,
website: www.youngscot.net



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POLICY

1. Governance Matters Report
LINK has recently published a report on Scottish governance reviewing the environment movement’s
experience of working with all branches of government since the 1999 re-establishment of the Scottish
Parliament. It offers a series of recommendations on reforms and improvements to the methods and
processes of government, which LINK hopes will lead to a wider debate on governance within Scotland's policy
community.

Go to: http://www.scotlink.org/public/publications/reports.php


2. Adventure Activities License Consultation
A consultation on the development of a safety system for adventure activities in Scotland, has been recently
launched. The Scottish Government is considering the best way forward for Scotland in light of the UK
Government's plan to replace the statutory Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) with a new
voluntary code of practice. The consultation runs until 30 March 2012.

The consultation document is available to download from the Scottish Government website: Consultation on
developing a safety system for Adventure Activities in Scotland.


3. Scotland's 2020 Climate Group Targets
On 12 January, Scotland's 2020 Climate Group published its '12 priorities for 2012', highlighting key actions
the group will address over the next twelve months to support the achievement of Scotland's climate change
targets. 

Established in December 2009, the 2020 Climate Group, chaired by Scottish and Southern Energy
Chief Executive Ian Marchant, aims to consider how Scotland’s business, voluntary and public sectors can
work together to help meet Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets for 2020 and beyond.

Access the related press release and the full list of Priorities via the 2020 Group website here



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JOBS
1. Development Worker (maternity leave) and Grassroots Project Worker, Healthy Valleys, South
Lanarkshire
Healthy Valleys is a community led health improvement organisation located 9 miles SW of Lanark. It aims to
take positive steps to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone who lives in rural South Lanarkshire. We
have a new and unique opportunity for 2 highly motivated individuals to join our dynamic team. We require a
full time Development Worker to cover maternity leave (approx 9 months) and a full time Project Worker to
develop and extend our maternal and infant health, Grassroots Project.

Closing Date: 10th Feb, provisional Interview Date: w/c 27th Feb. Application packs are available by emailing:
carolanne@healthyvalleys.org.uk, Website : http://www.healthyvalleys.org.uk


2. 2 posts for Lifelong Learning Team, RSPB, Loch Leven, Perth and Kinross
- Lifelong Learning Manager:
We are looking for a highly motivated creative person who can enthuse others to lead a small and newly
structured lifelong learning team at this highly respected and popular environmental education and people
engagement facility. Among other things, the successful candidate will have relevant experience as an
education/ lifelong learning practitioner and as a team leader/manager.
Closing date: 6th Feb, for more info go to: www.rspb.org.uk/vacancies

- Lifelong Learning Officer:
We are looking for an outgoing, creative people person to join our small and newly structured lifelong learning
team at Loch Leven. The successful candidate will have the desire and necessary skills and/or experience to
enthuse people of all ages about nature in a formal as well as an informal environmental education context.
This is predominantly an active teaching and people engagement role. Closing date: 13th Feb, for more info go
to: www.rspb.org.uk/vacancies



3. 2 Posts, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Montrose Basin Visitor Centre
- Visitor Centre Assistant Manager, full time:
We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised individual with excellent leadership qualities to assist the
Regional Visitor Centre Manager in the management of our flagship Visitor Centre. You will be responsible for
the supervision of the seasonal Visitor Centre staff and volunteers. You will play a key role in marketing, sales
and promotion of the Scottish Wildlife Trust and its work and help run the established annual events
programme. First class retail, marketing and communication skills are essential, as is an aptitude to enthuse
others about nature conservation.

Closing date 13 February 2012. For a full application pack and job description please see www.swt.org.uk or
email: recruitment@swt.org.uk

- Visitor Centre Assistant, part time:
Working with the Visitor Centre Assistant Manager the postholder will help provide a first class customer care
service at our flagship Visitor Centre. You will assist in the day-to-day reception, shop and exhibition area and
play an important role in maximising sales and membership recruitment. Experience in working in retail with
cash handling and record-keeping skills is essential, along with excellent communication skills. Enthusiasm for
the local area’s wildlife is desirable.

Closing date 6 February 2012. For a full application pack and job description please see www.swt.org.uk or
email: recruitment@swt.org.uk

4. Environmental Educator, Earth Calling, Edinburgh and the Lothians
Earth Calling is an exciting and respected environmental education organisation based in Edinburgh. We carry
out a wide variety of services including running wildlife teaching sessions, wildlife clubs, wildlife ranger
services and creating wildlife-friendly areas in school grounds.

There is currently a unique opportunity for the right person to join our team. We are looking for someone who
is passionate about wildlife, the environment and inspiring the next generation. This part-time position is
advertised as a probationary 3 month post (April – June 2012). If you are successful and we are happy with
your performance over the 3 month period, it’s very likely your contract will be extended.

For full details of this post and information on how to apply, go to: www.earthcalling.org. The closing date for
applications is Monday 6th February.




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SPOTLIGHT
Fred Edwards Trust

The Fred Edwards Trust, a new charity established in 2010, aims to encourage and support active citizenship
based on the principles of social justice, ecological integrity, economic literacy and a global view. It works to
encourage a spirit of change in Scotland at a social and at an individual level. Their aim is to encourage people
to find resolutions to previously intractable social and environmental challenges through their own active
citizenship and leadership. We define a leader as “anybody, anywhere, at any level who takes an initiative”.

Currently, the Trust’s focus is on developing its Action Learning Programme, to inspire individuals to be active
in society and to see the possibilities of real change in their lives and their environment. It will provide people
in Scotland with the power and motivation to take action and to address issues within their professional,
community or individual lives. The Programme is now open to applicants for groups commencing March 2012.
What’s involved?

- Small groups (7-9 participants) meet every 4-6 weeks over a 6 month period, meetings lasting
approximately 3½ hours.
- During meetings, participants have the opportunity to outline a real life- or work-based issue, and are
supported by the group to decide on a course of action.
- Between meetings, participants apply this course of action and their learning in the workplace or wider
environment, then report progress at the next meeting.

Dates of meetings will be confirmed nearer the time. Locations will be arranged to suit the majority of
applicants, and may include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Perthshire and the Highlands. Closing date for
applications is 15th March 2012. To apply, please download and complete an application form from website:
http://frededwardstrust.org.uk/ and email it to: actionlearning@frededwardstrust.org.uk




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The Sustainable Development Education (SDE) Network is the Scottish network for organisations and individuals
involved in sustainable development education. Members are committed to helping people develop the knowledge,
understanding, skills and values needed to improve their wellbeing without compromising others opportunities to do
the same locally, globally, now or in the future.
The Network brings together those involved in sustainable development education and the related fields of
environmental, development, citizenship, global and outdoor education.




The SDE Bulletin is FREE and supported by SNH and WWF.


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           Abi Cornwall
           Network Co-ordinator
           SDE Network
           The Melting Pot
           5 Rose Street
           Edinburgh
           EH2 2PR

           t: 07506 189 600
           e: coordinator@sdenetwork.org
           w: www.sdenetwork.org
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The Sustainable Development Education (SDE) Network is a Scottish charity that exists to enable more of the
education sector to undertake sustainable development education and to support those who are already
undertaking it.

A registered Scottish charity No. SC034964 and a company limited by guarantee No. SC255870

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