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From Marbles to Monsters: Sharing adventures in delivering creative river engagement projects

From Marbles to Monsters: Sharing adventures in delivering creative river engagement projects

From Marbles to Monsters: Sharing adventures in delivering creative river engagement projects

Eden Rivers Trust, Newton Rigg College, Penrith. CA11 0AH

Eden Rivers Trust, Newton Rigg College, Penrith. CA11 0AH

FREE event for staff working in rivers trusts who are delivering or want to deliver inspiring community engagement activities and wants to be better connected with colleagues from across the country.

Maximum of 20 spaces.

This networking event aims to allow community engagement staff in Rivers Trusts to share learning about the successes and challenges involved in delivering projects connecting people with rivers and river conservation projects.

Sessions will include:

  • Presentations on Eden Rivers Trust’s recent projects
    • Thinking Big: Eden Rivers’ Wonder World Exhibition – working in partnership with a regional museum to produce an interactive family exhibition and events programme that attracted 14,000 visitors.
    • Reconnecting people with their river after flooding: Inside Out riverside felt trail and Marble Run: Rivertwo artist-led projects that helpedcommunities come to terms with the 2015 floods that devastated their homes and helped them reconnect with their river.
    • Developing school programmes that reflect the curriculum and the Trust’s work – Rivers for Lifea hugely successful, cross-curricular 2 day primary schools programme and The Adventurous Salmonproducing an illustrated story book working with schools and illustrator. Plus Litter Monster – 3 schools, 3 artists, one massive 5m high litter monster and 80+ children who inspired David Attenborough…
    • Engaging communities in river restoration projects: Elma and the Giant – how a primary school and their local community got involved in a major
      re-meandering project, then developed a story trail for the newly created permissive path.
  • Presentations from other Rivers Trusts on community engagement projects including My Tyne- citizen science and Hidden Heritage, Secret Streams
  • Get hands on with ERT – your chance to try out some resources and activities developed as part of our projects, such as Marble Run: River, make a Litter Monster animation (with a professional film maker), play Eden’s Amazing Creatures, roll the dice in the crayfish game, dress up in river wildlife costumes, have a go at our soil experiment, try our digital resources for secondary school geography pupils … bring yours along too – we’ll have a mobile classroom coming!
  • Discussions on topics identified by participants, for example …
    • Activities you’ve delivered that really have put community engagement at the heart of river conservation projects.
    • How you’ve successfully delivered projects that have meaningfully engaged those ‘hard to reach’ audiences.
    • Inspiring health and wellbeing projects.
    • How do we design evaluation activity to identify and measure the impact of engagement activity?
  • Networking buffet lunch with community project posters from each River Trust
  • Wednesday 20th March evening – opportunity to meet up for an informal networking dinner or drinks at Wetherspoons, Penrith

 

Who is it for?

Anyone in the Rivers Trusts who is delivering or wants to deliver inspiring community engagement activities and wants to be better connected with colleagues from across the country.

Maximum of 20 spaces.

 

Location

Eden Rivers Trust’s office is based on Newton Rigg College campus.  The workshop will be held in the conference centre.  It’s conveniently located just 1mile off junction 40 of the M6.  Penrith station is only around 3 hours from London, Euston and 2 ½ hours from Birmingham New Street.

Stay for the weekend and explore beautiful Cumbria!

 

Booking

Please contact Julie Lawrence to receive a booking form and return this by Friday 1st March, 2019.  Joining instructions will be sent once the booking form is received.

Julie.lawrence@edenrt.org or 01768 866788.

 Cherish Eden

Eden Rivers Trust is coming to the end of Cherish Eden – a 5 year £2.3million community engagement project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The aim of Cherish was to work with new audiences in innovative ways to allow them to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the Eden Catchment and encourage them to take action to help care for it.  We have delivered small and large projects focused around 5 themes – learning (primary and secondary schools), community outreach, volunteering, apprenticeships and marketing and communications.

Throughout this time we’ve worked in partnership with various organisations to develop and deliver projects, had to rethink projects as a result of major floods, faced challenges and learnt from them, but overall delivered some pretty amazing projects that have inspired our communities about rivers.  We’d love to share our learning with you about what we’ve done, how we’ve done it, what the outcomes were and the organisational learning we took from it …and we’d also love to learn from your experiences too.

In this workshop, we’re just going to focus on learning programmes and community outreach, we won’t have time to look at volunteering, marketing and communications or the apprenticeship programme…perhaps they’re for another day!

National Lottery Heritage Fund

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