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South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition 
 June 2015 Update
Thought for the update

What is your sustainability story?

  • What has inspired you to care about sustainability?
  • Why is sustainability important to you?
  • What are your hopes (and maybe fears) for the future? 

The Coalition is collecting sustainability stories with a view to collating and sharing  stories from the Southwest  with the hope of inspiring and shaping change. The Coalition is hosting a stall at the Sustainablility and Envionmental Education  (SEEd) Conference in Bristol on 2nd July, if you at the conference please do come along and share your story with us..
Alternatively please send us YOUR story in words, pictures or as a video recording. We would like to hear from all those involved in education and sustainability.  

We look forward to hearing from you.

Send us your 100 word thought!
EU Nature Legislation
Add your voice to the consultation. Have your say to defend the Nature Directive, the laws that protect our wildlife. Wildlife organisations across Europe are united and together we've prepared answers to the questions that will best stand up for these laws.

Add your views via the RSPB
Funding opportunities
The network is launching the Totnes Wellbeing Fund to support individuals and community groups to turn great ideas to boost wellbeing into reality. The deadline for the first round of applications is Wednesday, 1st July.
webpage is now live with details of the Fund including videos on the projects funded
For more information please email Mirella
As part of Bristol’s Green Capital year, the Architecture Centre will be running a design competition for schools. The competition challenges primary and secondary students in Bristol to respond to a design brief on the theme of sustainable cities and food, by creating 2D design drawings, 3D models and a city charter.
E: | Visit the  website  
Woodland Keys Learning Resource 
Nine easy to deliver activities for young people and adults which promotes understanding of the local landscape and wider environmental issues.
Free hard copy (one per organisation)  click here 
To download click here
Courses & events
Bristol’s  BIG Green Week festival in the centre of Bristol
Saturday 6th to Sunday 21st June
‘Events for culture vultures, up-cyclist or DIY enthusiast - something for everyone!
Visit the website for more information
Network for Wellbeing 5th June 2015  
Forage Walk in Totnes. Starts at 12:00 noon (at 16 High Street, Totnes) and will finish with a picnic by the Castle at pm. Bring bags, scissors and picnic food to share.
email Mirella:
Bristol Textile Recyclers
4th June 2015 - BTR’s annual forum
15-19th June BTR’s factory tours during Bristol Big Green Week
18th June 2015 - BTR’s fashion salvage event. 

Consider Fundraising through clothes recycling with BTR.

For more information visit or 
contact Aimee on 01179 717349 or email
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Thursday 25 June 2015 6:30-9pm

Evening reception at the Royal Geographical Society Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

The reception will launch an important publication from Learning Away, and announce future plans for this exciting initiative in partnership with the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. Click here to see flyer for the event    
South - West Social Enterprise Nature Workshops and The Parent Carer Council for Cornwall
FREE Forest School sessions available throughout May and June for families with children with disabilities/additional needs living in Cornwall. The sessions will be held at Cardiham Woods, near Bodmin which has good access, parking and toilet facilities from 10:00am - 1:00pm. For more information click here.
E: kay | T: Anya Barbieri  01209 215211 /  07742 681492
UNU RCE Severn
Free seminars - at The Park Campus, Cheltenham, University of Gloucestershire
11th June 2015, 2.00 – 3.45pm.
Jamie Agombar (NUS, Head of Sustainability) will be presenting on the Responsible Future Accreditation Scheme organised by the NUS
22nd June 2015 12.30 – 2.00pm
 What do graduates of Environment and Sustainability programmes need to know and be able to do?  Speaker - Dr Bonnie McBain from University of Newcastle, Australia.
To reserve a place,( including light refreshments for lunchtime events) for these events event, please email Barbara Rainbow: (

Contact Meg Baker, RCE Severn Coordinator (
University of Gloucester
Raising the Stakes in the Student Experience” – Education for Sustainability annual event
Wednesday 10th June, Fullwood, Park Campus, Cheltenham. Free event, including refreshments.

The event will be facilitated by Professor Sharon Turnbull, Head of Research at the Leadership Trust, whose expertise is in global and indigenous leadership wisdom and leadership for sustainability. 

To reserve a place please email Barbara Rainbow:
Network of wellbeing

Vacancy for an intern at our Totnes headquarters. The wonderful Beth Thomas has left us to travel over the summer and we're looking for a replacement for six months to a year. Click here for further details 

For further job opportunities visit
Any feedback for improvement on the newsletter 
would be greatly received, thank you!
Your contributions are welcome
Share your ESD related work with interested colleagues across the region.
A paragraph of no more than 50 words with an image (if applicable) and  contact details and a link for further information is ideal.

Please send comments through the email link below.
This edition was edited by Coalition Director, Sarah Chave
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