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The Conservation Volunteers

“Conservation” and “volunteering” are on the TCV tin, but TCV is about much more. Fundamentally we are about making the connection between individual health and wellbeing, a sense of belonging to a community, and using the medium of constructive conservation action to bring the two together.

TCV’s Mission is “to connect people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both.”

By bringing local people together to transform local green spaces through co-design and co-delivery, we not only improve environments for the benefit of local communities, but also invest and empower residents in the process. Rather than parachuting in funds and outside help and leaving once the funds run out, this approach encourages a long-term, sustainable legacy of pride and ownership. With-the-community, by-the-community, for-the-community.

Our movement is rooted in the visionary founding of the National Parks and Conservation Corps in 1959 post-war Britain. Today, it is the likes of Sir David Attenborough (TCV’s Vice President), championing our central belief; that conservation volunteering is transformative for all living things.

TCV does not own nature reserves or charge a membership fee. We work primarily in inner cities and deprived areas. As a result, our volunteers represent a greater diversity of individuals than is typical of the sector. TCV’s activities are all free of charge and designed to be within walking distance of areas of deprivation – reducing the need for personal or public transport. Each year, with the support of more than 50,000 individuals, we plant over a million trees and together transform over 1000 public green spaces, for the benefit of the environment and the communities they serve. We are one of the leading conservation volunteer movements in the UK and a delivery partner of the Queen’s Green Canopy, a unique tree-planting initiative.

Conscious that volunteering is itself an activity which many cannot afford to do, many of our projects incorporate free training and personal development opportunities. For those who are interested, this can provide a steppingstone, equipping them with the skills and experience they need to embark on a career in the environment. This is an avenue to introduce much-needed diversity into the sector and can represent a life-changing opportunity for an individual.

Many of our new volunteers come with complex health needs. A 2016 evaluation of (92) TCV Green Gym volunteers reported the majority lived with long term / chronic conditions: depression and other mental health (29), high blood pressure (17), overweight or obese (16), high cholesterol (8), musculoskeletal (7), autoimmune (6), neurological/sensory (6), respiratory (5), endocrine (5), other physical health conditions (3). A warm welcome is provided, along with PPE, plenty of tea, and health and wellbeing support. We believe the environment has something to offer everyone, and everyone has something to offer.

When it comes to frontline staff, we like to grow our own! Many started their careers as volunteers with TCV (including our previous CEO). Coming from diverse backgrounds many bring with them lived experience of life’s challenges in addition to their community and conservation expertise.


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    Sedum House Mallard Way, Doncaster, South Yorks, Doncaster, DN4 8DB
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    74909, 74909, 94990, 94110
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