2011 spring update

Originally posted in spring 2011 by Katy Our activities have gone from strength to strength recently. In October 2010 LEWE members travelled overland from the UK to Siberia to coordinate a training course on volunteering with environmental NGOs which we hope will strengthen and improve our volunteering programmes and support for European Voluntary Service (EVS) programmes. In 2010 we had seven volunteers within the EVS programme: Mark Johnson was placed with Baikal Wave in Irkutsk until July 2010, Becky Roby and Hatty Williams with Siberian Eco Centre in Novosibirsk until July 2010, Tom Weatherley and Kate Baker with Great Baikal Trail (GBT) in Irkutsk from summer to autumn 2010 and Humfrey Legge and Rachel Bending are both spending a year with CENN in Georgia from mid 2010. Our EVS volunteers forge concrete links with our partner organisations abroad and support LEWE in keeping in touch as well as providing valuable material for our newsletter! Closer to home, LEWE member Alastair Locke raised £1,674 in the UK for charities Baikal Wave and GBT by running a double marathon – well done Alastair! In September 2010 three LEWE members travelled to the Carpathian Mountains in South East Poland to take part in a training course on forest education. An article on this trip will feature in the next newsletter. LEWE has also been successful in obtaining a grant from Environment Wales to conduct a feasibility study on the best way to establish our longrunning Siberian Wilds forest tea initiative as a social enterprise which can benefit local growers of forest herbs as well as raising money for our charitable activities – watch this space for the results of the study! In 2010 we also obtained a small grant from the SEI Trust towards energy education work in Irkutsk and the establishment of interactive educational tools in the planned education centre at the offices of Baikal Wave. We look forward to updating you on our activities in future newsletters. 2011 spring update

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