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Young people discussing enviromental issues with each other

Environmental Leadership Programme launches in West Midlands

22 October 2023

Interested in how nature connection can drive change in your community? Want to learn more about environmental issues in the West Midlands but aren’t sure how to make a difference? Our Environmental Leadership Programme - delivered in partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund - could be for you.

ELP2 is for you if:

  • You want to develop your leadership skills whilst also tackling important environmental issues
  • You want to meet experts and changemakers to understand how change happens and what holds it back
  • You want to grow a network of like-minded friends who share your passion to make a difference

The 9-month programme will run from October 2024, with applications opening in March 2024. The programme consists of both in-person and online activities and is completely free. While you are on the programme, you will:

Deepen your own connection with nature

You'll take part in nature connection days at The Cut in Shrewsbury (transportation supported)

Meet experts and changemakers from across the region and nationally

You’ll attend workshops on topics such as sustainability, making political change, nature connection and campaign messaging. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to bring about real change.You'll visit region and national centres of power, including Westminster and the West Midlands Combined Authority

Learn how to run a nature connection campaign

During the programme, you’ll work with others to create a nature connection campaign about issues in your local community aotu which you are passionate.

Kickstart your green career

You’ll meet industry experts who can give you guidance and insight into the green sector and the career opportunities available to you.

Be part of a supportive community

The programme is open to 18-25 year olds from across the West Midlands region (from Shrewsbury via Telford and Wrekin to Birmingham) so you’ll have the chance to meet and grow your networks with like-minded people.

I am more knowledgeable about the environment than I ever would have been without UpRising... I would not be trying to make an impact in the way I am making impact now

- Ming, UpRising ELP 2016, Participant

Click here to register your interest in next year's programme. Or visit the dedicated ELP2 website