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Portfolio of programmes

Programme 1- Gatekeeper and community group taster programmes
(This programme will be part of the work plan of projects in 29 locations across England)

Outcome 1. Critical mass of ethnic community groups across England committed to developing access to the environment for their communities

Outcome 1 will be achieved through:

  • Outreach and taster trips for gatekeepers (management committee members, community workers, youth workers, key volunteers of constituted ethnic community groups) enabling them to be enthused about access to the natural environment and learn about how to wh at is on offer
  • Supporting community group visits to sites
  • Facilitating and supporting initial programmes of activities bringing together ethnic groups and provider organisations
  • Using learning in action techniques, enable ethnic groups and provider organisations to learn experientially how to work effectively with each other

Indicator 1: Increasing no. of visits to natural environment sites by ethnic community groups.

Target 1: Over 5 years, we expect a range of between 60 to 200 visits from each of 29 locations with a range of 20 to 50 people at each visit. That means we will deliver a target range of between 58800 to 196000 people accessing natural environments over 5 years.


Programme 2 - Ethnic groups capacity building projects (regional training programmes)

Parallel to the experiential learning achieved through organising and participating in visits and activities at natural environment sites, workshops will be run to give specific knowledge and skills, and to illuminate the learning in action gained through the taster programmes of visits and activities.

Outcome 2. Critical mass of ethnic groups with the infrastructure, knowledge and skills to access the range of natural environment sites and the activities through which they can be experienced

A. Knowledge and skills development.

Workshops will be run and follow up support given, to build the capacity of ethnic community groups to:

  • Run safe trips, following the learning in action through the process of engaging with provider organisations and jointly developing programmes of activities tailored to their needs
  • Access information, expertise and services of the provider organisations
  • Identify needs and barriers and to address them
  • Monitor and evaluate progress
  • Access funding for programmes of activities

B. Infrastructure development support

Workshops will be run and support given to enable them to expand their programmes of activities and sustain activities beyond the life of this portfolio by supporting them to put into place:

  • Volunteers with the knowledge and skills listed in A
  • Champions to promote and increase interest among their communities
  • Development of clubs, networks, or forums as appropriate
  • Special interests development (using specialist mentors) stimulating ongoing access to particular natural environment sites, e.g. landscape photography club, botanical illustration club, birdwatching club.

Indicator 2.1 We expect 2/3 of ethnic groups we work intensively with to achieve the Rainbow Group Award (a standard is set for community group infrastructure and training in relation to access to the range of natural environment sites) i.e. 14 groups per location.

Target 2.1: Average 14 out of 20 groups in 28 locations = 14 groups x 28 locations = Minimum 392 Rainbow Groups across England

Indicator 2.2: No. of gatekeepers with good knowledge of natural environment sites We expect each of the 28 locations to have 20 groups to have the following: 4 gatekeepers on average per group with experience of the majority of the full range of natural environments

Target 2.2: Minimum 4gatekeepers x 20groups x28locations = Minimum 2240 enthused gatekeepers across England

Indicator 2.3: No. of skilled volunteers embodying skills in being champions, accessing information, organising safe trips, fundraising, etc. We expect an average of 5 skilled volunteers in each of the 20 groups in each of 28 locations

Target 2.3: 5volunteers/championsx20groupsx28locations = 2800 skilled volunteers in England


Programme 3 - Provider organisations capacity building project (training programmes)

Outcome 3. Natural environment sites with infrastructure/framework, knowledge and skills to open up what they have to offer to ethnic groups

Outcome 3a. An infrastructure/framework within provider organisations for opening up what they offer to ethnic groups
Outcome 3b. Practical knowledge and skills embedded within provider organisations

A. Infrastructure development support

We will support provider organisations to:

  • Develop relevant policies, organisational culture development plans, and action plans
  • Relevant ways of information provision in relation to the sites and services offered
  • Organisational capacity to engage effectively with ethnic groups
  • Ability to review and refine the above for the future, with particular attention to stakeholder input

B. Knowledge and practical skills

Parallel to experiential learning, this programme will run workshops, with follow-up support, to give specific knowledge and skills, and to illuminate the learning in action gained through the process of engaging with ethnic groups through taster programmes of visits and activities. Frontline staff of natural environment sites will be supported to gain knowledge and skills to open up what they have to offer to ethnic groups:

  • Ability to confidently engage with people from different cultures
  • Knowledge of specific barriers and how to address them
  • Ability to develop interpretation relevant to ethnic groups
  • Ability to adapt programmes of activities so that they are socially and culturally relevant
  • Ability to design new programmes of activities drawing on the new knowledge, skills and resources brought by ethnic groups

Indicator 3.1: - No. of natural environment sites achieving benchmarked criteria for infrastructure and skills to engage effectively with ethnic groups (BEN will be setting a standard for sites and community groups participating in the BEN Rainbow Countryside Scheme, and when community groups or sites belonging to provider organisations reach the required standard, they will be accredited as a BEN Rainbow Site or a BEN Rainbow Group at the level achieved) We expect 80% of the 25 natural environment sites we work with in each location to achieve the Rainbow Site accrediatation.

Target 3.1: Minimum of 80% of 25sites x28locations = Minimum of 560 Rainbow Sites across England


Programme 4 - Promotional Campaign (regional campaigns and national campaign)

Local, regional and national press and media campaign Local and regional events working with ethnic community groups to promote access to the natural environment among their own communities and to other ethnic community groups

Outcome 4: Increasing numbers of members of ethnic communities at large hear about the range of natural environment sites, what they can offer and how access benefits ethnic groups

Indicator 4.1: No. of people who have heard about the BEN Rainbow Countryside Scheme and what it is about

Target 4.1: 2/3 of ethnic minority people in urban target areas have heard about the BEN Rainbow Countryside Scheme and what it is about

Indicator 4.2: Press, media and community-based coverage (e.g. community newsletters) Range of campaign events (As part of the Stage 2 application we will develop a detailed media strategy with further targets including aiming to involve particular ethnic media or press to run a campaign in partnership with us re radio or newspaper for example)

Target 4.2 Good range of media coverage at local, regional and national levels Range of events, e.g. Ethnic minority musicians for the environment, taking place at a natural environment site such as a country park


Programme 5 - Resource development (regional and national programmes)

The development of resources is an important part of the project to underpin the quality of training delivery, information provision and promotional activities in the portfolio

Outcome 5: Resource materials developed

A. Training resources for ethnic groups:

  • Training materials for volunteers for running safe trips
  • Training materials for training champions
  • Fundraising guidelines

B. Resources for BEN, gatekeepers and champions among ethnic groups to promote interest among ethnic communities with the aim of expanding programmes of access to the natural environment:

  • Presentation packs
  • Portable exhibitions
  • Leaflets
  • Informational booklets
  • Illustrated information DVDs for the range of natural environment sites
  • Website - database, information banks under different themes

C. Resource development for provider organisations

  • Training materials for provider organisations' personnel
  • Informational database for provider organisations

D. Resource development for media campaign

  • Short films on trips
  • Competition materials ? Etc.

E. Good practice

  • Publish good practice in hard copy and on website

F. Database and information development

  • Rainbow website with range of databases and information

G. Networks development

  • Building local, regional and national networks around access to the natural environment
  • Forums for representation of issues to decision making structures within: Provider organisations, Government at local, regional and national levels

Indicator 5: List of resource materials generated and completed

Target 5: High quality resource materials produced and disseminated as appropriate


Programme 6 - Rainbow Countryside Scheme accrediation

BEN will be setting a standard for sites and community groups participating in the BEN Rainbow Countryside Scheme, and when community groups or sites belonging to provider organisations reach the required standard, they will be accredited as a BEN Rainbow Site or a BEN Rainbow Group at the level achieved

Rainbow Site Award - Development and running of award scheme to encourage sites to reach high standard for engaging ethnic groups

Rainbow Group Award - Development and running of award scheme to encourage ethnic community groups to reach high standard for running their own activities to access the natural environment

Outcome 6: Benchmark developed for sites recognising capacity and infrastructure for effective engagement with ethnic groups

Indicator 6: Establishment of standards culminating in the Rainbow Site Award and the Rainbow Group Award (Note: target nos. of recognised Rainbow Sites and Rainbow Groups as measures of success of capacity building and are included in former outcomes No. 2 and 3) We will develop the Award to generate income as part of our sustainability strategy beyond the life of this portfolio.

Target 6: Rainbow Site Award and the Rainbow Group Award up and running


Programme 7 - Sharing good practice Promote resource materials that have been developed Run seminars to review and share good practice

Outcome 7: Good practice developed, captured and shared Indicators: Range of good practice made available

Target 7.1: Regular publication of new good practice, downloadable free, on the Rainbow website

Target 7.2: Good practice seminars run annually

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