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15 July 2022 at 10:48am
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I have been asked it our vols can support ideas and projects around the greener NHS drive . Be that for staff or ideas within the Trust. Any VSMs doing this or have ideas. Everyone seems to be behind it but few ideas as yet!

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15 July 2022 at 10:55am
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Hi Diane,

This is a topic close to my heart, so I'd also be interested. I spoke to someone in central NHS last year about concept of a 'NHS Green volunteers' iniitative which would try and roll out a variety of roles that impact a Trust's carbon footprint. Some of the existing role ideas mentioned were nice (planting more gardens / green spaces) but I suspect wouldn;t make much of a dent. Apparently the biggest carbon output for many NHS trusts is reliance of staff on cars, so if something could be done around transport that could have a big impact

Hopefully you'll get some responses on her, though just to flag we've found our forums not being used much of late. If you don't get much back, I'll see if I can persuade @Sally Williams to run a webinar on this topic, and we can find out that way what folks out there are doing on this front. I'd be keen to help get something up and running and help evaluate it with our Insight & Impact service.

15 July 2022 at 10:56am
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15 July 2022 at 11:00am
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Hi Diane, Great question! I have a volunteer here who is interested to implement ideas into our Emergency Department project. I will be interested to hear from anyone in Volunteering who is encouraging this as I am keen to support her

15 July 2022 at 11:24am
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@Paddy Hanrahanthat would be wonderful if we could -

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15 July 2022 at 1:31pm
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Diane

As VCSE organistions whose sole purpose is to increase voluntary we cover all themes. We work with volunteers and the sytem to address the climate and ecological emergency and have a person appointed by the system to do this. Her name is Manda Brookman and she always has a storm of ideas!

Contact details:

Manda Brookman

Primary Care Network Climate Resilience Manager

Volunteer Cornwall Climate and Ecological Emergency Lead

E-mail: mandab@volunteercornwall.org.uk

Ian

15 July 2022 at 1:57pm
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@Ian JonesHi Ian I have already contacted her but have used the email you have supplied so many thanks!

15 July 2022 at 3:08pm
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Hi Diane

This is really timely, thanks for starting the discussion. It's generating lots of interest so we're going to run a focused discussion session on this topic on Tuesday 2nd August at 9.00am. The details and Teams link will be on the Events page next week.

You heard it here first!

Hope to see you there,

Sally

15 July 2022 at 3:40pm
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@Ian Jones Great thanks for sharing Ian

25 July 2022 at 3:10pm
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@Diane YoungHi everyone! I'm Manda, really really happy to chat to anyone here - and I'll be at the meeting on 2 August. I support the VCSE and also primary care, and work from with in the heart of Volunteer Cornwall so volunteering is in our DNA. Looking forward to meeting everyone! You can email me direct on mandab@volunteercornwall.org.uk :)

cheers!

Manda

02 August 2022 at 8:50am
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A new Cycling Lead volunteer role we have developed supporting our green plan: MyImpactPage - Cycling Lead Volunteer (betterimpact.com)

02 August 2022 at 10:38am
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Hi all, sadly missed the green initiatives seminar today, would be great to hear of ideas and outcomes please !

02 August 2022 at 2:15pm
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@Mandy CleaverThanks for joining the conversation! We'll put together the notes from the three breakout groups in this morning's focused discussion and post them on here along with the docs and links that people have kindly shared.

08 August 2022 at 9:51am
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@Mandy Cleaver The summary for the discussion has now been posted here

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