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  • Internships offer action and adventure
    July 4, 2016

    Action, adventure and monasticism make an unlikely mix. But they merge together in a new batch of internships launched by A Rocha UK and its Partners In Action network.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    A Rocha UK’s national team based in West London need an intern to engage with supporter relations and communications.

    ‘This role is for someone who’d love to get others on board with a good cause and learn how charities work,’ said Operations Director Steve Deall. The successful candidate will have a key role as part of the front-of-house team, working closely with senior staff and multiple departments.

    ‘If you want to take supporter engagement to the next level – while gaining valuable experience and connections in the NGO world – this role could be for you,’ he explained. For more information contact Steve.

    CONSERVATION

    Outdoor youth ministry partner Adventure Plus have joined ... Read more...


  • 1,000 children engage with wonder
    July 4, 2016

    education story image - 1More than 1,000 children have been able to rediscover the wonders of nature amid a crowded city – thanks to A Rocha UK’s education team.

    That’s the total number of youngsters who’ve been engaging with A Rocha UK’s ‘environmental encounters’ across West London this spring and summer – by taking part in events at Wolf Fields and Minet.

    Wolf Fields is a former ‘drug den’ transformed into a nature reserve by A Rocha UK staff and volunteers. Minet was another derelict area changed into a country park.

    BUMPER SEASON

    ‘It’s been a bumper season for us at our two sites,’ said Environmental Education Officer David Melville. ‘The weather has been brilliant. Children across both sites have been learning about habitats, species and plants through exploration, interactive games and song.’

    A favourite activity among four to five year-olds remains the highly popular ‘bear ... Read more...


  • Eco Churches cover the country
    July 4, 2016

    eco church map july enews 2016 - 1Eco Churches are ‘springing up all over the place’. That’s the view of A Rocha UK’s Dr Ruth Valerio as her team launch an online map to show the extensive cross-country coverage of the charity’s award scheme.

    From the Isle of Man to Margate, from Hexham to Hampshire, any of the 300 registered churches can be identified by pins on an electronic map (pictured right).

    Supporters can back this growing movement by donating online (quote EC201605 in the comments box) or giving by post (FREEPOST RSSB-SCBG-CSKR, A Rocha UK, 18 Avenue Road, Southall UB1 3BL – use code ‘EC201605’ on the reverse of any cheque or charity voucher sent).

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  • Comment: Poll for the planet
    July 4, 2016

    atkins comment - 1However we voted in the EU referendum, and whatever we feel about the result, at least we had the right to vote. Nature has no vote. Yet the result leaves UK nature under great threat.

    But Christians acting together have a key role in defending it.

    OFFER MORE

    Many of our key environmental protections in the UK – on birds, habitats, as well as air pollution and water quality – originated as EU legislation. Even before the referendum, some senior politicians were seeking to water this down. The danger now is that, in departing the EU, we lose these protections.

    So, what can we nature-loving Christians do?

    We must pray for the protection of nature. We must use our democratic rights to help answer that prayer, urging legislation and action in favour of nature.

    But we can offer much more. The referendum exposed deep ... Read more...


  • Wasteland becomes a ‘milestone’
    May 27, 2016

    wolf fields crowd - 1Nearly 200 people descended on a formerly intimidating West London drug den to celebrate its dramatic transformation into an inviting urban nature reserve.

    Described as a ‘milestone’ by A Rocha UK chief Andy Atkins, Wolf Fields drew community workers, volunteers, residents and representatives of eight churches from across Southall to a springtime open-air worship service.

    RESTORED SITE

    ‘It was very moving,’ said Andy Atkins. ‘A high point was hearing the story behind the work and seeing the derelict site restored – amid scenes of a freshly planted orchard, birds singing and so many local supporters smiling.’

    Andy pointed out Wolf Fields is not only a successful community project, but also a model for other communities across the nation. ‘It’s A Rocha UK’s vision to see other similar sites transformed in towns and cities all around these islands,’ Andy added.

    The May event ... Read more...



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