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Southend helps get Britain biking


Thousands more children and adults across the country will saddle up and cycle thanks to a scheme spearheaded in Southend.

The Department for Transport specially picked the borough as one of just 18 places to pilot extended Bikeability training in schools after witnessing the success of its previous cycling programmes.

True to form, Southend’s Bikeability Plus pilot scheme proved a hit too. It went down so well that the Government is now allocating £5million to be spent on similar projects countrywide.

This aims to get 200,000 more children cycling.

Fresh from the productive pilot, Southend’s cycling team is also applying for grants from this new fund to carry on its good work.

Southend schools who would like to take advantage of this are invited to contact:collettekemp@southend.gov.uk or elaineswallow@southend.gov.uk

Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, Councillor Martin Terry said: “Southend has an excellent track record in delivering cycling programmes which introduce people to the benefits of cycling and help them ride their bikes more confidently and safely.

“Before we were chosen for the Bikeability Plus pilot scheme, staff from the Department for Transport came along to find out what we were doing.

“One of the projects they saw was a joint enterprise with Sustrans – the sustainable transport organisation – to put cycling on the school curriculum.

“This included Cycle Safaris where pupils went on guided bike rides to nearby places of interest to learn more about their local history, nature and environment.

“Schools didn’t then need to hire coaches for these short distance educational journeys. At the same time, pupils and teachers experienced our off road routes and saw how quickly places could be reached by bike.

“While our Bikeability Plus modules are specifically aimed at children, we have similar schemes, run at cost price, for adults.

“Details of all our cycle training can be found at www.cyclesouthend.co.uk

Responses from pilot scheme participants include:

  • I’ve had some wonderful feedback from parents regarding last week.  Please pass onto the team.  They felt that their approach, encouragement and management enabled the children to all succeed. Well done, and thanks! Dan Ager, The Federation of Thorpe Greenways School
  • Bikeability Fix has been fantastic today! The instructors were amazing and put the information over in a way appropriate to the age of the pupils.  The children and staff alike were buzzing after the sessions!  Lea Carter, Richmond Primary School
  • The children were so excited to use the balance bikes and they all made really good progress.  Porters Grange Primary School

The following schools and organisations have taken part in the current pilot scheme:

Our Lady of Lourdes
Richmond Primary School
Darlinghurst Primary School
One Brownie Park and two Scout troops

Friars Primary School
Porters Grange Primary School
Earls Hall Primary School
The Federation of Thorpe Greenways Schools

Earls Hall Primary School
The Federation of Thorpe Greenways Schools


MaxiGreen “Raising Public Awareness” Conference on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Southend-on-Se a Essex.

Matt King posted in Southend-on-Sea in Transition

Matt King
Matt King 19 May 12:52

Essex Wildlife Trust and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council would like to invite you to the MaxiGreen “Raising Public Awareness” Conference on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Southend-on-Sea Essex.

Entry is free and lunch will be provided, however booking is essential.

The MaxiGreen project began in September 2011 and is a group of European authorities and organisations who have been working together to improve a collection of green spaces and heritage areas that have been neglected over the years.

There will be three guest speakers discussing the issues of raising awareness of our green heritage and key environmental issues; and there is opportunity to participate in workshops on communication and publicity, awareness raising and delivering successful campaigns.

We are very pleased to welcome the following guest speakers at the conference:

Professor Germaine Greer
Germaine Greer, academic and author, has a passion for wildlife and environmental issues and will be speaking about her extensive career of raising public awareness of important issues.

Professor Jules Pretty, University of Essex
Jules Pretty, noted East Anglian academic, environmentalist and author of the award winning book ‘This Luminous Coast’ and the forthcoming book ‘The Edge of Extinction’, will be speaking about consumption patterns, well-being and nature, and the need for green economies.

Dries Gorissen, Agency for Nature and Forests, Flemish Government
Dries Gorissen is the Head of Land Management for the Agency for Nature and Forests in Limburg, Belgium and will be speaking about a large nature project called Bosland where stakeholder participation and involvement of the public is one of the main objectives.

To book on the conference you will need to register using the link below.


Arrival from 8.30am with the conference beginning at 9.30am. The conference will close by 5pm.

Places are limited so book now to ensure your place.

MaxiGreen | June Conference


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The CREST: Schools and Community Energy Conference 5th March 2014

The CREST: Schools and Community Energy Conference is Southend on Sea Borough Council’s fourth annual low-carbon and sustainability conference, which will take place throughout the afternoon of Wednesday 5th March 2014 at the Forum, Southend on Sea
The first session of the Conference focuses upon schools as an example of how a successful energy efficiency programme and an uptake in renewable technologies not only results in cost savings and establishing new revenue streams but can improve the educational/learning environment and help Local Authorities to deliver key objectives around fuel poverty, health, education, transport and community cohesion.
The second session addresses the increasingly important role that Local Authorities have to play in the financing of the local low-carbon economy. Adopting the right inward investment strategy and financial approach can create jobs, reduce costs across the public and private sector, grow the local economy and be key in supporting the regeneration of an area.
A full agenda will be published at the beginning of February, but confirmed speakers include:
Pure Leapfrog
Marksman Consulting
Cambridgeshire County Council
West Sussex County Council
You can register your interest in attending the conference at www.crest.eventbrite.com
CREST – or Community Retrofit through Sustainable Technologies – is an ERDF funded project that aims to highlight the benefits that sustainable technologies can bring to organisations. You can find out more information here

Volunteer Life Coaches needed – training provided

I’m very pleased to be able to tell you about a brilliant volunteering opportunity we have in Southend.

Youth at Risk and Southend Borough Council are running an exciting all girls project in Southend and we’re looking for volunteers to support this new project.

We need volunteers who will be part of our Youth Enrolment Team, responsible for enrolling and supporting participants before the intensive.  The role of the Youth Enrolment volunteer is intense but really rewarding and there wouldn’t be a programme without the people who are prepared to take on the role because, without them, we wouldn’t have any young women to participate on the programme.


We need volunteers who will be Life Coaches and Project Coaches to either coach one to one on personal goals or work with small groups to design and deliver community projects during the six month programme.

We are looking for people with different amounts of time, but who want to make a difference to the lives of young women in their community and who want to make a lasting contribution to their future.

We train all our volunteers for their roles and offer ongoing support during the project. The training will focus on the skills and confidence you’ll need to take on your role.

The training dates are below and I have attached some general project information and specific information about volunteer roles:

·        Life Coach/Project Coach Workshop

21-23 February (Friday 6pm – 9pm, Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 9am – 6pm)

·        Youth Enrolment Workshop

28 February-2 March (Friday 6pm – 9pm, Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 9am – 6pm)

To apply or ask any questions please contact me on 01763 241120 or reply tosusan@youthatrisk.org.uk

Here’s the link to our new website if you want to take a look       http://youthatrisk.org.uk/

I hope to hear from you soon.

All the very best,


Sue Handley

01763 241120

Youth at Risk

The Old Warehouse

31 Upper King Street


Herts SG8 9AZ

01763 241120

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Funding a Green Future 13/14th March 2012

‘Funding a Greener Future 2012’ is a two day national conference that aims to make business sense of climate change. The business case for adopting the Green Agenda is important for the public, private and 3rd sector and this conference aims to share ideas, challenges and examples of good practice from all three.

Tuesday and Wednesday – 13th and 14th March 2012