Day: September 7, 2022

The Race Report

To this end, we are involved in work on mainstreaming equality in the transition to Net Zero; we are signatories of the Community Jobs Compact; participants of the Charity Works programme and our recruitment process ensures no unconscious bias at application and interview stage.

However, our actions to date have not resulted in a staff team or board that reflects these values. The environment, climate, sustainability and conservation sector is one of the least diverse in the UK and we must do more to change this.  

So, what are we doing about it?

Firstly, we are renewing our commitment to being an anti-racist organisation and embedding actions to support this within our organisational plan and risk analysis.

The first of these actions is to be transparent about where we are now through contributing to The RACE Report.

The RACE Report aims to speed up diversity and inclusion within the environmental sector through transparency and the sharing of good practice. In this first year, relevant organisations will submit comparable data for a report to be published in December 2022. From 2023, online transparency cards will be published for individual organisations.

As a small organisation of 12 part-time staff, the opportunity to contribute to The RACE Report has refocused our commitment to ensuring we are doing our very best to demonstrate our values and be an anti-racist organisation. The questions about strategy and actions are also a useful starting point for good practice that we will be actioning over the rest of this year.

These actions include:

  • Participating in a three-month Agile Nation 2 Business Programme with Chwarae Teg, with a specific focus on improving our practice in the recruitment, progression and retention of an agile and diverse workforce.
  • Signing the Race at Work Charter and ensuring actions are implemented
  • EDI training for staff and the Board
  • Stating on our recruitment pages for staff and trustees that we are under-represented in racial diversity
  • Targeted recruitment to improve the racial diversity of our Board in 2022/2023
  • Bi-annual progress update to be published on our website.

Free courses to help urban community groups act on the nature crisis!

Nabod Natur – Nature Wise is an online training programme from Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales which teaches you about how the natural environment works, the threats it faces, and how we can all help nature thrive.

Thanks to funding from the Great Western Railway Community Fund, we have developed the Nature Wise Urban Eco-literacy course, with a specific focus on how practical action including sustainable transport can benefit nature in an urban setting.

10 courses will be available from October 2022 to March 2023, offering 120 free places to staff, volunteers or members of voluntary organisations and community groups located within the urban areas along the GWR’s mainline – Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Bridgend, Cardiff and Newport.

About Nabod Natur – Nature Wise

Nature Wise eco-literacy is a science-based, action-focused course to help you to understand the relationships between people and natural systems. It shares knowledge, builds understanding and provide the tools to motivate and catalyse action.

What you will learn about:

Your Nature Wise eco-literacy course will help you to become more knowledgeable and confident about helping to tackle the nature crisis both on your doorstep and further afield. Part of the course involves developing an action plan for nature based on what you will have explored during the course. This can be for your personal life or for your group/organisation.

The course is interactive. Attendees will work in small groups and also take part in group discussions to explore course topics.


Who should apply?

The Nature Wise Urban Eco-literacy course is for:

  • Urban based community groups or voluntary organisation based in the areas along the GWR’s mainline – covering Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Bridgend, Cardiff and Newport.
  • Any member of staff, volunteer or trustee for a voluntary organisation or community group can register.
  • Town and community councillors in these areas are also eligible.

Course Dates

CourseSession 1 – Tuesday (2.5 hours)Session 2 – Thursday (2.5 hours)
118th October 2022 10am – 12:30pm20th October 2022 10am – 12:30pm
225th October 2022 10am – 12:30pm27th October 2022 10am – 12:30pm
315th November 2022 10am – 12:30pm17th November 2022 10am – 12.30pm
429th November 2022 10am – 12:30pm1st December 2022 10am – 12:30pm

Course Commitment (5 hours) 

You’ll need just five hours to take part, centred on two online sessions held during the same week, held on a Tuesday and a Thursday.

On successful completion of both session you will be awarded a certificate.

Please note: you must attend both sessions to complete the course. 

How do I register?

Please register your free place via Ticketsource. Once you have chosen a course date, please tick the ‘Voluntary Sector £0.00’ box, which will automatically register you for a free place.

For any other enquiries, please email training@cynnalcymru.com

Places are limited, so we are aiming to allocate places as fairly as possible.


FAQs

Do I need to have any prior knowledge of nature systems?

Nature Wise is a short course for everyone. No previous knowledge is necessary.

What do I need to participate?

  • You will need access to computer with internet access to attend and participate in the online facilitated sessions.
  • We recommend a computer or tablet as you will be shown course materials containing images, slides and videos.
  • The online sessions will take part on Zoom. In the sessions you will need access to a microphone.

What if I cannot attend on those days?

You do need to attend both sessions to complete the course. If you are not available at the advertised times but would still like to do the course, please get in touch and we will add you to a list for a course scheduled outside these times.

What if my whole group wants to do the course?

If you have a group of 10 or more that would like to do the course, please get in touch and we can see if it is possible to arrange a separate course at a time to suit you.

Will there be more courses?

We will be running 10 courses for up to 120 people between October 2022 to March 2023.

Where can I learn more?

For more details on our Nature Wise courses, visit the Cynnal Cymru training platform.

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