Youth Volunteering, Training and Steering Group

Today’s young people will disproportionately experience the effects of the environmental crisis. Yet, they are also a vital group that can inspire and mobilize climate action. Habitats & Heritage are carrying out pivotal work to collaborate with, educate and give a voice to young people keen to act against the Biodiversity and climate crisis, but there is still a lot more work to be done.
Habitats & Heritage are committed to ensuring local young people have genuine power to influence their local environment and influence the local community. Our goal is to empower and inspire young people to make their future brighter and lead progressive change in their communities and local environment.
In order to do this Habitats & Heritage are expanding our youth volunteering programme to include training development environmental career support and launch our youth steering group. Find out more about our practical youth volunteering programme here. 

Youth Steering Group

Our Youth Steering Group was set up to enable young people to have a say in their local environment.

The Youth steering group has three main purposes: advocacy, youth engagement, and accessibility. The Group, which has been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, has many opportunities to evaluate and scrutinise the measures taken by Habitats & Heritage and for the environment locally.

Our Youth steering group ensures that our present and future work meets the needs, addresses the concerns and uses the vison of local young people.

The young people who join our youth steering group will  help shape the steering group, what it will do and how young people can get involved.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for young people who have a passion or interest in their local environment, nature and the climate; who have a vision of how young people can lead change and share innovative ideas.

Young people who care about their local environmental impact and what to make a change.

Those with a keen interest in nature, gardening, energy, climate and heritage. Whether you are thinking about a career in the environmental sector or not.

Whether you’ve organised a demonstration or taken action online or not, if you think you understand what would get more young people interested in local environmental matters, we want to hear from you.

We don’t expect you to have been involved in something like this before, but we are looking for people with big ideas, who aren’t afraid to challenge and speak up.

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What will you do?

Quarterly we’ll bring together the steering group to share thoughts opinions and to have your say.

There will be options to meet in person or online with other members of the steering group, Habitats & heritage staff, volunteers and field experts

Throughout the year there will be opportunities to receive 121 support from Habitats & Heritage staff, training and experience on practical environmental projects, and the opportunity to meet likeminded young people from your local area.

You will also master important skills that you can use outside of the steering group. By collaborating with staff members, you will learn about the inner workings of a local charity and gain relevant environmental experience.

Does this opportunity sound right for you?

We are committed to making the Habitats & Heritage Youth Steering Group as accessible as possible, but you must fulfil the following requirements.

  • You are aged 14-25
  • You are committed to attending the 4 meetings (in person or online)
  • You are passionate about local environmental matters and getting more young people involved.
  • You are local to/ familiar with the south and west London area.

To find out more or to register your interest in the youth steering group please get in touch with our Nature Conservation Manager

This Project would not be possible without the support of The National Lottery Community Fund.

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