Environmental Champions

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What is the Environmental Champion Scheme?

As part of Cleaner Greener Hounslow, the Environmental Champions scheme is a community volunteering opportunity to get residents from all parts of the borough to join us in cleaning up Hounslow and creating a greener and healthier environment. We want to empower our communities to make a difference by developing a volunteering network bringing everyone together to tackle environmental priorities.

About us

The Environmental Champions programme began just before the pandemic with the ambition of bringing the community together by tackling local environmental issues. Since its inception, the number of volunteers has increased exponentially demonstrating the willingness of our residents to act for change, with over 140 volunteers already signed up. The goal is to continue expanding the number of volunteers to involve as many residents as possible in making Hounslow a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.

What does an Environmental Champion do?

Environmental Champions can get involved in various activities, including creating their own activities and joining Council organised activities. The Environmental Champions programme is very open and we’d like people to come up with their own actions, organise their own events, get involved in local issues and plan actions themselves. We will also be offering out opportunities and events to get involved in and hopefully there’ll be something that suits everyone.

As an Environmental Champion, you will use your knowledge of the local areas, be creative and be a Leader for driving community change. 

Environmental Champions have the opportunity to get involved in various activities to improve their local community. Some of the activities we suggest, but are definitely not limited to, are: 

  • Helping wildlife flourish – Identify sites for wildflower planting and rethink your own back garden to be wildlife friendly  
  • Planting and caring for trees – Adopt a street tree or help plant trees in your neighbourhood 
  • Organising community events – Organise a play street, a street party, or a community clean up 
  • Beautifying your street – Get together with your neighbours to ensure your street looks its best 
  • Attending relevant training sessions such as horticulture and council led workshops
  • Setting up community gardens
  • Implementing your own environmental project, which could involve completing grant applications with support from the council
  • Organising reduce, re-use and repair events such as repair cafes, clothes swaps and library of things.
  • Spreading awareness and running campaigns

Champions can choose to do as many or as few activities as they want and if you have any great ideas that we haven’t already thought of you can contact me on environmental.champion@hounslow.gov.uk and I’ll be happy to help with any questions or obstacles you might face when organising in your local area.    

How does the Environmental Champions programme work?

When you sign up as an Environmental Champion, you’ll be part of a group of engaged residents making a huge difference in the Borough of Hounslow.

  • You’ll receive information and resources when you sign up to introduce you to the programme and to let you know what happens next, how to move forwards and how to get started
  • You’ll receive equipment to carry out environmental activities. The equipment will include; litter picks, litter bags, litter picking and gardening gloves, Environmental Champion branded Hi-Vis jackets, seeds for planting and some promotional material (we’ll let you know more about what kinds of equipment is available once you sign up and when you’ll receive them)
  • You’ll receive resources such as the Programme Guide and the Raising Awareness Guide to help you along the way
  • You’ll be sent regular newsletters to keep you up to date with the programme and to let you know what’s happening in the Borough
  • You’ll have the opportunity to join regular meetings, get-togethers and discussions with other Environmental Champions, Hounslow Council Officers and Experts
  • You’ll receive training on various activities
  • You’ll spread awareness of the programme and work with other champions in your local area
  • You’ll be given the opportunity to sign up to Better Points, to earn points and rewards for each activity you join (see below)
  • You’ll be invited to a Champion of the year award ceremony, with prizes up for grabs for the winner and runners up.

Sign up for Better Points to earn rewards for your volunteering

One You Hounslow : Environmental Champions (betterpoints.uk)

Why become a Champion?

Volunteers are one of the most valuable assets to our community.  Climate change will bring many uncertainties surrounding the environment such as land and habitat degradation, increased risk of invasive pests and loss of biodiversity, meaning we need Environmental Champions now more than ever. If you choose to become a volunteer environmental champion you will be able to get involved in local environmental projects and meet other passionate individuals like yourself. Some of the key reasons why we need you are:

  • Tackling environmental issues is not an easy task and requires a joint effort, with input from local communities.
  • The aim of the Council is to plant trees for every baby born, this cannot be achieved without the help of volunteers
  • The Covid-19 Pandemic has had a negative effect on social and mental well-being and the Environmental Champions scheme can help with this by bringing people together
  • Everyone has their own idea of how to improve the Borough

Who are we looking for?

Everyone who cares and is passionate about the local environment can sign up to become an Environmental Champion! Champions are proactive, create their own opportunities and are willing to go above and beyond what is required of them to improve their neighbourhoods. Hounslow already has many strong communities, groups and individuals who are committed to improving the local environment, the scheme aims to provide even greater support to individuals and groups.

You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and activities through the monthly newsletters and quarterly meetings as well as meeting other champions and organising events together.

Can under 18s get involved?

We fully encourage entire households to take part in the scheme and those who are under 18 can take part as Eco-Agents. Eco-Agents will receive their own guides, resources and equipment so they can get involved in activities and events.  Under 18s will need to be signed up alongside their Parent/Guardian/Carers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You can find some useful FAQs surrounding the programme here

Sign up to become a Champion

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