The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) - Falkirk

Charity registered in Scotland SC039302

Every day, The Conservation Volunteers (or TCV as we’re known) works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone. We do this by connecting people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both.

We recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion, combat loneliness or enhance employment prospects, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real-life challenges they face.

For over sixty years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all.

Whilst our activities vary, our inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.

Current opportunity

This project involves local people in the development of an accessible organic growing centre at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, owned by Scottish Wildlife Trust. The aim of this programme is to involve local people, for whom access to nature is severely limited, in a regular programme of outdoor growing and conservation-based activity. We know that connection with nature enhances peoples’ lives through improving health, well-being and building community cohesion. We provide supported volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities in two-hour outdoor practical sessions every Wednesday and Thursday. During summer months sessions are focused on our fruit and vegetable garden which provides a range of hands-on practical tasks from organically growing herbs, salad, vegetables and fruit. Learning how to compost, plant wildflowers and garden with wildlife in mind whilst helping with general garden maintenance. Outdoor cooking sessions are run at the end of each month. The recycle woodshed compliments our garden and offers the opportunity through winter when growing season has ended to learn how to make a range of items out of recycled pallet wood currently donated by Whyte & Mackay. We have an accessible wood-working space where our service users can learn to build planters, raised beds, bug hotels, bird/bat boxes, stools and signs from reclaimed timber. What are the benefits of getting involved? Our aim is to promote and look after the natural resource at Jupiter and to actively facilitate interaction, enjoyment, learning and conservation of the amazing wildlife-rich habitat that Jupiter presents. We know that regular facilitated visits to Jupiter reduce stress levels and isolation, restore health and provide calmness and structure for people with disabilities. Being actively involved in environmental activity, learning new skills and meeting new people changes lives. How much does it cost to come along? All session places are free of charge and can be booked ahead in blocks. What experience is required? No experience is necessary as all training and guidance is provided and matched to the needs of participants. We provide gloves but request that participants wear appropriate seasonal clothing. What do I need to bring? Please feel free to bring snacks, we provide hot refreshments and will be sampling our own produce later in the year. Is it safe? All activities are risk assessed and a qualified first aider is present at every session.