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Latest news from UpRising
It’s been a busy time for the UpRisers. Do have a read of when they pitched their social action campaigns to the dragons and when they visited Parliament. 
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Potteric Carr Youth Takeover!
On Thursday 26 July 2018 young people will be taking over one of the flagship nature reserves for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Free entry for 11-25 year olds. Butterfly talk, foraging, wellbeing walk and much more. Activities will be taking place 11am – 6pm. 
Find out more here
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vInspired launch The Inspired Card
vInspired has launched a £1 million scheme to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to engage in social action. The Inspired Card will give 14-30 year olds exclusive offers in exchange for donating their time. The offers include work placements, discounts from retailers and free tickets to gigs. 
Find out more here (cards available from 4 June 2018)
 
Nominations are open for the Global Youth Awards
RoundTable Global are delivering the Global Youth Awards (previously the Positive for Youth Awards) in six different locations (Switzerland, London, Los Angles, Dubai, Singapore and South Africa) to celebrate the celebrate young people making a difference. The awards are free to enter and nominations are open! The London ceremony will take place on 25 August and nominations close on 11 August. 
Find out more and nominate a young person here.
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NUS is nurturing food enterprises – with mentoring and over £100,000
The winners of the Student Eats scale-up have been announced. Nine student-led sustainable food enterprises will receive a hefty sum and support to grow their project! 
Winners include; EcoSoup at Leeds Beckett University, Edible Campus at Lancaster University and Exeter VegShare at University of Exeter. 
Find out more here.
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#InclusiveSpaces campaign launched by Groundwork Youth
A network of young volunteers have designed a summer campaign aimed at including young people in the debate on the future of parks and green spaces. A week of action will be taking place 23-29 July 2018. 
Find out more here.
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30 Days Wild
Over 10,000 people have already signed up to The Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild challenge. Have you? Make room for nature this June, no matter where you are or how busy your life! 
Find out more and sign up here.
Speak up week: 30 June-8 July 2018
This summer, be part of something incredible: a national conversation on how climate change is affecting the life we love. Find out how you can get involved on the Climate Coalition website here.
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New £90 million scheme to help tackle youth unemployment
The Big Lottery Fund have announced plans to put young people at the heart of designing a £90 million scheme to help tackle youth unemployment. 
Read more about the plans here 
Influence the planning! Here is a survey for 16-24 year olds to complete about their experiences finding work 
New National Lottery funding now open for Year of Young People
Local heritage, community and sports groups across Scotland can benefit from National Lottery good cause cash, as part of a new £550,000 fund, aimed at helping change the lives of young people. Funding between £3,000 and £10,000 is available for projects run for and by young people aged eight to 26 years old.
More details on the Big Lottery Fund website 
Application deadlines 30 April 2018 and 18 June 2018
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Field Studies Council courses for 16-24 year olds
FSC have released their 2018 calendar of opportunities for young people which include events such as marine science camp and conservation and biodiversity (plus many more). There are opportunities available across the UK.
View the flyer here for full details.
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Prince’s Trust annual youth index published
The Prince’s Trust has published its annual youth index, looking at the views and outlooks of young people aged 16-25 in the UK. Finding from a survey of 2,194 young people include: the overall level of happiness and confidence young people feel in their lives is at the lowest since 2009.
Read the full report here.
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2018/19 funding available for planting orchards
Are you a YMCA or Foyer site? Thinking of planting a new orchard? Fruit-full Communities is looking for applications from new sites for funding to plant small orchards in 2018/19. If you think you could benefit from £3,000 towards creating a space for fruit trees plus another £1,000 for staff costs get in touch.
Find out more on the Fruitfull Communities website
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12 ways to help wildlife
Download the guide to easy wildlife activities that you can do each month in 2018.
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Grants available for web development 
Do your 2018 plans involve improving your organisation’s website? Grants are available from the Transform Foundation to help you.
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Hill Holt Wood petition 
There is a proposal for a meat rendering plant next to Hill Holt Wood, where the Growing Up Green project takes place. Please sign the petition here to help them avoid a very smelly woodland for their activities.
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UnLtd walking tour
The Spaces4Change project supports young people to set-up and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community. This month they led a walking tour round east London to celebrate some of these ventures. Don’t worry, you don’t need to get your walking boots on; they’ve written a blog all about it.
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Refill app 
If you’re out and about and have run out of water there is a solution that doesn’t involve buying yet another single use plastic bottle. Cafes, bars, banks and other businesses are welcoming people to come and fill up their water bottle for free. All you need is the app to find out which businesses offer this service. Download the app and start reducing single use plastic bottles today.
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Wildlife volunteers get mental health boost
The Wildlife Trust released a new report earlier this month that explores the effects of volunteering in nature on people’s mental health. The Guardian describes the potential for the ‘natural health service’ to ease the burden on the NHS.
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