Every day TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone – communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.
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 50 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.
Measuring Humanity in Green Spaces Dr Marisa de Andrade – PI for Measuring Humanity, School of Health in Social Science, Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry, University of Edinburgh A year ago, I delivered a training workshop to TCV practitioners on the Asset-Based Indicator Framework as part of Measuring Humanity. The participant-led research programme uses bottom-up creative community engagement to challenge policy makers and academics to reassess what counts as evidence when developing policies, practices, and recommendations. TCV practitioners on the Wild Ways Well programme have been using the framework as an evaluation tool to explore how the greenspace improvement programme supports [...]
Thoughts on evaluating Green Exercise and Our Natural Health Service Dominic Hall, Operations Leader - Communities and Biodiversity, The Conservation Volunteers I pride myself on being logically minded – and I am drawn instinctive to the idea of evidence led policy. The basic idea that decisions should be made based on solid, researched evidence as opposed to gut instinct, political expedience or personal agendas seems entirely compelling. However, the more you look at what this means in practice the more complex and challenging it becomes. Policy issues are complex, multi-dimensional and multi-facetted. Robust, research evidence is difficult to produce and [...]