Thursday, 29 November 2012

Saturday 1st December - Tree Dressing, 2-4pm

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Saturday 1st December  -  Tree Dressing, 2-4pm
Railway Fields Nature Reserve, 381 Green Lanes London N4 1ES
A festive celebration of trees. Make and hang a tree decoration, storytelling, warming winter refreshments and much more. A free, family event.
Please note - the Friends of Railway Fields Nature Reserve AGM is at 1.30-2pm.
Sunday 2nd December - 2pm
Crouch End Open Space (CREOS) - Christmas Party - 2nd December
Get involved every third Sunday, February to November.
View over Ally Pally
Large Oak tree
CREOS is a conservation charity set up to protext, maintain and improve the CREOS area.

Wednesday 5th December - 7pm Green on the Screen
Our annual review Crouch End in Shorts is on Wednesday December 5th
SHORT FILM PROGRAMME of local projects & events, demonstrating a move towards a more resilient community.
Food growing, celebrating, eco-building, foraging, raised bed making, grafting techniques, etc

If possible, please bring a wrapped 'no longer needed' recycled gift to swap.
All proceeds and surplus gifts go to the Haringey Churches Winter Night Shelter.
Please let us know you'll be there by following this link.

Event Poster

listen again
Carol Grimes  Maryanne Hyatt  Bex Marshall  
Camtan Ringel   Linda da Mango   Kath 
Jessica Burnett-Wain   Annalou
all NOVEMBER  Sable d'Or, 43 Crouch End Broadway, N8 8TG  
portraying the strengths + sorrows of local street people,
local couch-slouch-enders, 
a dusting of stars!
meet the artist at Sable d'Or in creative sessions: NOVEMBER Wednesday afternoons
Annalou sings at Citi's gigs Annie's Bar 180 Kentish Town high st. NW5
The Ship, Richmond with Alec Bell's nights: Sweet Thursday
'Spiritual' Caipirhinho Bar  Chalk Farm Rd.  

fb Annalouise Oakland

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Facilitation Techniques/London one-day training course‏

This practical one-day course, which is running in London on Tuesday, 20.11.12, is aimed at delegates who are responsible for facilitating a group of people, objectively. It is ideal for those who want practical tips on how to deal with groups and the way in which they interact, on how to maximise a group’s potential and the right tools to use to generate and evaluate ideas within a group and help the decision making process and to design and manage an action plan. It will also provide strategies for dealing with difficult group members.
If you would like to proceed with a booking, you are welcome to do so in a number of ways. We have a fully secure online booking system at, or, alternatively, you may book by telephone on 01584 890970 or by email
The Meeting Room, 1st Floor, Highgate Rd Chapel, Chetwynd Rd, Camden, London.

We start at 10 am and finish by 4 pm. 

We offer a discount rate of £110 plus VAT p.p., to all delegates who pay at the time of booking by credit/debit/procurement card. Otherwise, our normal rate of £129 p.p. applies.

We also offer a number of optional extras for delegates attending our external courses:

Lunch @ £12.99
Training course materials and website membership @ £6.99
Certificate of completion @ £4.99

All of our rates are subject to VAT. 

We offer the most competitive rates for in-house delivery of this and all of our courses, as we appreciate that the cost of sending delegates to external courses can often be prohibitive. We have worked with close to 1,000 clients over the past 20 years, delivering practical, affordable and enjoyable training in this way. Please contact us for a quote to run this course on-site.


During the day, the following topics are covered through group work, case study, led discussion and practical activities.

1. Knowing Your Group

  • group dynamics - the way they work, influences and characteristics
  • stages in group development
  • behaviours & roles that affect the functioning of groups
  • personality and motivation - factors that affect group performance
  • overt and covert group issues
  • dealing with difficult people in a group

2. Maximising Your Group’s Potential

  • tips for maximising participation
  • methods for generating discussion
  • promoting positive communication
  • keeping groups on track

3. Choosing the Right FacilitationTools

  • For generating ideas
  • For evaluating ideas
  • For decision-making

4. Action Planning

  • what actions will be taken by group members
  • how action will be taken
  • who or what will help  
  • why action may not be taken
  • when will action will be taken - timescales
If you'd like to know more about this, or any of our other training courses, go to or to arrange a no obligation call back click here. 

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Communicating Renewable Energy

Communicating Renewable Energy

Date: Friday 14th December 2012
Time: 10:00-16:00
Venue: St Ethelburga’s Centre, 78 Bishopgate, London EC2N 4AG

An excellent event with opportunity to debate issues and sound out preconceptions’
Alan Asbury (Aylesbury Vale District Council)

‘An informative and well facilitated day.’
Lewis Merdler (Environmental Protection UK)

“Informative and Interesting”
John Davis (Offshore Marine Management)

‘Interesting and stimulating – great to meet other people working on similar issues.’
Francesca Carnibella (Climate Parliament)
Renewable energy is a vital part of our future energy strategy. Despite widespread public support, opposition and misinformation continue to exist.
This course looks at the background to these issues, offers core information about key renewable energy technologies, and focuses on how to make the case for renewables both in terms of general publicity, and site-specific discussions.

People attending this course will learn how to:

1) Discuss and explain the role and importance of renewable energy systems in a low carbon future. 
2) Make a case for a local renewable energy project to the media, local people or a group of councillors. 
3) Describe in plain English the merits, and the potential problems, of various types of renewable energy systems (wind, solar PV, solar thermal, heat pumps, biomass, wave, tidal). 
4) Answer critical questions in ways that will help those who are confused or uncertain to see these systems in a positive light. 
5) Feel confident in supporting people looking to make decisions about installing a system for their home, business or community organisation. 

Who should attend?

The course is suitable for anyone keen to get their facts straight on a variety of renewable energy systems and how to communicate them effectively. Whether you are a business looking to increase your quality of advice, a local authority or organisation promoting the use of renewables, or an independent consultant looking to increase your knowledge, this course will provide you with the key skills needed. 

Facilitated by:

Chris ChurchChris Church has worked in the voluntary sector and as a consultant for over 25 years. He is an experienced advisor on community and sustainable development issues, with a wide range of experience at international, national, and community level. He is an associate of the Community Development Foundation and a member of the London Sustainable Development Commission. Chris is chair of the UK Local Carbon Communities Network. 

Chris has previously worked with the Community Sector Coalition, the National Trust, BTCV, Defra, Groundwork, the European Union TACIS programme, Surfers Against Sewage and many local councils. He is trained as a teacher and has been developing and running training programmes for 22 years.


£395: Business Rate£288: Large Charities, Public Sector and Small Businesses£130: Small Charities and Independent Consultants 
Concessionary rates available for students, pensioners and unemployed. Please contact Chetna at 
Bespoke courses can be arranged for groups at a date and location to suit you. 
Prices include a vegan/vegetarian lunch, fair-trade refreshments and networking time. 

For bookings and further information, please contact:

Tel: 0207 324 4775

The venue is fully accessible with wheelchair-accessible lavatory facilities. 
Supported by: Environment Job (
Talk Action

Tel: O2O 7324 4774
Email: training(AT)
Address: Talk Action
             The Grayston Centre
             28 Charles Square
             London N1 6HT

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Talk Action runs projects and specialist training on community engagement and environmental issues, as well as managing green events across the U.K and Europe. 

Volunteer Management Training London

Volunteer Management Training London

Making Volunteers love you - your organisation and the role they play!

Thursday 6th December 2012

Learn how to work with volunteers in new and exciting ways that help build your organisation, social enterprise or voluntary group.

Time: 10.00—16.00
Location: TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS

‘Good pace and use of different methods - Interactive throughout!’ Volunteer Centre Redbridge

‘Very much appreciated the training’ Richard Warden, Downham Market Food Co-op

‘Rebecca is wonderful!  We were actively learning and networking at the same time. Brilliant!’
Waltham Forest Voluntary Action

Managing volunteers can be an exhausting and time consuming process for both managers and volunteers themselves. However, organisations and social enterprises can be transformed by enthusiastic and engaged participation in voluntary work.

This course makes recruitment, management and, most importantly, engagement of volunteers easy. It encourages you to look closely at the motivations of volunteers and the organizations that use them, and draws on contemporary approaches including co-production and use of non-hierarchical teams to help you and your volunteers get the most from the relationship.

  • Why people get involved in volunteering, and why understanding motivations is so important
  • To create a range of roles for volunteers (including remote roles) and publicise them effectively
  •  Practical ways of keeping people involved: inductions, support and expenses
  • How to use Digital and Online volunteering – plus online channels of support for you
  • Voluntary involvement employment law
  • Concepts of co-production and the benefits of working with volunteer partners in non-hierarchical structures

The day includes plenty of group work, exercises and discussion – you definitely won’t be staring at power point all day. You’ll also be given lots of opportunities to discuss your own experiences and develop personal strategies to aid your work.

Who should attend this course?
Any organisation involved in voluntary work or volunteer-led group looking to engage others or support each other better. Whether you are conducting a borough-wide consultation, national volunteer programme, involving an intern or rejuvenating the membership of your local residents association, you will benefit from this day.

Facilitated by Rebecca Tully
Rebecca combines her training work with community activism and volunteering, using her experience to inform her training content and style. Rebecca has worked with and trained people from Age UK, Crisis, Greater London Volunteering, CVS, Waltham Forest Council, Citizens Advice Bureau, Directory of Social Change, National Association of Voluntary Service Managers (NHS), She has also developed education classes in Central America and worked extensively with Organiclea Workers' Co-operative.
£288: Large charities, public sector and businesses
£130: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and individuals.
Concessionary rates are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact us at for further details.

Tailored courses can be arranged for groups at a date and location to suit you.

Prices include a hot Mediterranean buffet lunch, Fair Trade refreshments and networking time.
For bookings and information please contact:

Tel: o2o7 324 4774

Email: jelliott (AT)

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Tottenham Green Show at the Big New Lordship Rec Festival on Saturday September 22nd

Tottenham Green Show at the Big New Lordship Rec Festival on Saturday September 22nd

Needs More People to Perform or Exhibit!

We need local performers and musicians to star on our exciting new pedal-powered stage ……..

        and more good gardeners, brilliant bakers, creative cooks and craftspeople to star in our bigger, 

better Tottenham Flower & Produce Show.

Let us show what people in Tottenham and Haringey can do.

We would very much welcome everyone’s involvement in this year’s extra special Lordship Rec Festival.  

If anyone wants a stall please fill in a form, stalls are free, but we need to know your space requirements etc.

If people want to exhibit their produce please fill in a Flower & Produce Show Form  (see above)

- or if anyone wants to help,  volunteer or be involved in this annual event please could they get in touch: 


All the best,   

Martin Burrows and all at Back2Earth

Back 2 Earth Projects – Tottenham            

People’s Millions link: -

   + Also funded by: Tudor Trust, Lloyds TSB Foundation,
L B Haringey and many others.
P Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail

To all Lordship Rec  & Back2Earth partners and supporters.

Last call for participants and exhibitors.  Don’t miss out on the best community festival of the year in Tottenham.

We would welcome your involvement and participation in this year’s extra special Lordship Rec Festival on Saturday 22nd of September when we open the newly refurbished Rec and our Broadwaters Harmony Gardens to the world.

There is still time and opportunities for all Haringey organisations to be involved, to exhibit your work free and to join in the Festival.

We are especially looking for people of all ages to exhibit their wares in the Tottenham Flower & Produce Show and/or in the Environmental Fair in the Green Marquee, which as per usual will be set up in the South Easrtern field of Lordship Rec.

Please Do Contact us if you’re interested.  This is your Festival so please do join us!

PS: Also please could you pass this on  - and if you want any, we’ve still got lots of leaflets, posters and Flower Show Entry Forms to hand out.

Potential participants and exhibitors please fill in the above attached form.

Dave  Morris

The Lordship Rec ‘Re-launch’ Community Festival 2012Saturday Sept 22nd: 1pm - 5pm         
Lordship Lane , Tottenham N17
Including: Tottenham Flower & Produce Show + Green Zone, Dog Fun Show, Cycling Activities & Dr Bike, Music and Performances, Buskers Corner, Community Café and other food, Fun Run, Skateboarding/BMXing, Football, Netball, Rugby, Dance, Martial Arts, Arts and Crafts for Under-5s & older children, Pedal-powered Stage, History Displays, Nature Talks, Pond-Dipping, Adventure Play, Children's Procession, Picnics, Community Stalls etc