Who we are
There are multiple ways to get involved, as outlined below, and we’re always open to suggestions for partnership working. We recognise that capacity and funding are stretched in all organisations so seek to keep demands on time low and to mitigate financial barriers to engagement wherever grant funding allows.
Strand advisory groups
Each strand of the programme considers the impact of the climate and nature crises on one social group. Social and environmental charities are collaborating within each group. All partners take an advisory role, invited to coordination meetings and with the opportunity to feed into programme development and delivery. Some partners take a more active role in delivering grant funded work, such as running deliberation groups to see the views of the people affected. Our current strand partners as follows and we are open to new partners at any time:
Youth strand partners: Action for Children; Action for Conservation; Barnardo’s; British Youth Council; Girlguiding; Groundwork; Princes Trust; UK Youth Climate Coalition; UpRising; Woodcraft Folk, and WWF. Our lead partner is Groundwork.
Ethnic minorities strand partners: the Ethnic Minority Environmental Network (EMEN) in Scotland, and our lead partner the Race Equality Foundation.
People living in poverty strand partners (under formation): The Working Class Climate Alliance. The strand partners group is under formation, please get in touch if you would like to be involved?
Society and Environment Group
The Society and Environment Group is a space for organisations working on the social impacts of the environmental crises but not necessarily involved directly in the Everyone’s Environment programme. Partners meet online quarterly to share updates on their work and to discuss areas of shared interest with a view to sharing learning and reducing duplication of effort. We are open to new members at any time. The group’s members include: Citizens Advice; Cleanup; The Ernest Cook Trust; Green Alliance; Greener and Cleaner; Hubbub; Kokoro; mySociety; Pilotlight; Possible; the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; and VONNE / Going Green Together.
Shared Learning Group
The Shared Learning Group is our programme oversight and advisory group. It supports shared learning across and outside of the Everyone’s Environment programme.
The Shared Learning group plays a key role in overseeing the programme’s engagement with the sector and building a shared learning base across the programme strands that embraces intersectionality. Much of the impact of the climate and nature crises will be due to multiple injustices and societal barriers, including susceptibility to health impacts, experience of discrimination, and likelihood of living in a low-income household. We recognise that having separate strands looking at specific social groups could limit recognition of intersectionality, so we have measures in place to address this.
It composed of lead partners for each strand of the programme plus key infrastructure bodies. It is co-chaired by Richard Benwell of Wildlife and Countryside Link and Rukaiya Jeraj of UpRising. Other members are: ACF; ACEVO; EFN; John Ellerman Foundation; NCVO; SCVO; Wales Environment Link; Reach Volunteering; William Grant Foundation; City Bridge Trust; and Children in Need.