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The Environment Now shortlisted at the Digital Leaders 100 Award
The Environment Now, the Our Bright Future project delivered by the National Youth Agency, has been shortlisted in the ‘Cross Sector Digital Collaboration’ category of the Digital Leaders 100 Awards as well as a young person in the ‘Young Digital Leader of the Year’ award. This has now gone to public vote so here’s how you can help: 
1. Go to:
2. Click on ‘Cross Sector Digital Collaboration of the Year’
3. Enter your email address and click ‘Start Voting’. (The voting system counts devices used to vote with, not different email addresses).
4. You will hopefully be viewing the ‘Cross Sector’ Category. Click the tick for ‘The Environment Now’ (You will see the Our Bright Future logo in our logo lock up). Once you have clicked a Tick, your vote will be counted.
5. If you don’t want to vote in all categories, please click on Next Category until getting to ‘Young Digital Leader of the Year’.
6. Click to vote for ‘Sam Patchitt’ who is a young person on the programme with YellowLabel. You can also read his story.
7. Once you have clicked a tick your vote will be counted so you can leave the website at any time.
 Deadline: midnight 11 May 2018
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
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.
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.
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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