Find out about local projects making your communities greener and promoting all things outdoors.
Guardians of the Green Spaces is a new podcast series made by our volunteer national ambassadors. Its aim is to inspire you to explore your local outside areas and help make your communities greener and more enjoyable.
Our ambassadors (residents aged 17-25 who ensure young people have a say in shaping our services) are passionate about improving their communities and providing a voice for young people.
They were inspired to create the podcast after being asked to help solve a Big Brilliant Business Problem by Clarion: to address young people’s concerns about the future of our planet.
Guardians of the Green Spaces
In the first podcast series, Guardians of the Green Spaces, the ambassadors are on a mission to get residents involved in initiatives to make local communities greener, by embracing all things outdoors and encouraging you to explore your local outside areas.
Featured in each episode are interviews with special guests talking about their work in Clarion neighbourhoods across the country, including a number of green-fingered residents and local community organisations.
With episodes uploaded to SoundCloud, Spotify and Google every three to four weeks, you can get involved in all the latest conversations by clicking ‘Follow’ on the page, or via our Instagram. channel.
If you or someone you know would like to feature on the podcast to talk about a project you work on, or something you are passionate about in your community, please email: email@example.com
17 June: Intro and Backyard Nature
The ambassadors launch the podcast with a splash by releasing two episode in one go.
In the first they introduce themselves and the series. The second episode features an interview with Sophie from Backyard Nature, who discusses the work the charity is doing with Clarion residents.
Listen to the first episode
15 July: Community sports
National ambassador, Daniel, chats to Aaron, Clarion Futures’ new youth sports co-ordinator in Bradford, about how he will be working with community partners to deliver sports projects in the area.
8 August: Community gardens
The podcasters chat to Simon, a resident and member of Clarion 55, about the community garden he has created in his community.
29 August: How to make eco-friendly changes
Max from the #iwill Youth Exchange Project, an initiative led by Clarion Futures and delivered in partnership with the Royal Commonwealth Society, discusses his passion for tackling climate change and how you can make eco-friendly and sustainable changes in your life.
19 September: Youth projects
National ambassador, Mya, is joined by Sam from the Emerge Youth Project in Bradford to talk about the work they do encouraging young people to get outside and enjoy its rich benefits.
3 October: Your questions answered
In the last episode, the ambassadors will answer questions from listeners on any of the topics they’ve covered in previous episodes.
So, whether you’d like to know how to create a community garden or bug hotel, access local funding, get your kids involved in an outdoor activity, or even start your own social action project, send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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