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Hello Dirters,

Welcome to our community news update, with a selection of the best available resources and community topics from across the capital. 


Check out the latest resource opportunities available now to you and your fantastic community project...

Funding - make your community goals come true

The Aviva Community Fund is a UK-wide fund for both existing projects and new ideas. Projects can receive up to £25k, but don't wait around - deadline is 11th October!
Awards for All! This funding programme from the Big Lottery Fund provides grants to grassroots and community groups all across the UK. Check it out!

Volunteering - get involved and make a difference

For all the latest opportunities, have a peruse of the volunteering tool here.
Holland Park is looking for some conservation volunteers to help out with their wildlife area. This entails scything meadows, weeding the butterfly garden, renovating the new ponds, controlling bramble and various other activities. If any of those pique your interest then give it a look!
Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park have a couple of volunteer opportunities for those with a bit of spare time on Sundays. On each first Sunday of the month volunteers help out with conservation of the park, and on the second Sunday volunteers help with learning about and preserving the park's history.

Jobs - get a good job in the community

For more job opportunities, go to the Good Jobs forum here.
The Hive is looking for a qualified and experienced Bushcraft and Forest School Leader (level 3) to help plan and deliver workshops across London. This freelance opportunity is available to view here.
The River Thames Boat Project is recruiting for an Education Co-ordinator to join their team and oversee their education and learning programmes. Deadline is coming up this Friday, so don't hang about.

In other news...

For all the latest events, check out the listing here.
We are still eager to hear your feedback on the Project Dirt platform to help us implement some changes. If you're a project leader or admin get involved! It only takes 5 mins and there's a chance you'll win a tasty Alara hamper.
One of the big health and environmental problems that London struggles with is air pollution, which is why the London Vehicle Idling Action Project has been launched. The project is looking for volunteers across London - could you help?
Solar Schools has raised over £720,000 over the last five years for solar projects, getting more than 30,000 pupils involved along the way and installing over 2,000 solar panels. However, it's often the individual stories that inspire us the most, and two schools in particular have caught their eye. Check out their video here!
Wild Times is a terrific new book written by Jini Reddy. The book, which she describes as 'part-narrative, part-guide' offers encouragement and ideas on how to engage with the natural world around us in simple ways. You can find out more about the book, including a teaser sample and a Project Dirt discount, here.
Generous Spaces in Westminster is hosting a Swap and Shop in two weeks' time. The idea? You pay a small donation on the door for entry (which goes to Climb any Mountain), bring some good quality items of clothing with you and leave with some new ones of your choice. Accompanied by a glass of prosecco, of course.
Fancy trying out a jumble trail? A jumble trail is a bit like a collective "yard sale" where lots of people in a small area of a neighbourhood bring their unwanted household items out into their front gardens on a particular day to sell to neighbours and visitors. This Sunday stalls will be up across Wandsworth and Earlsfield. More on locations here.
Help the Orchard Project choose the name for their new community-powered juice and cider enterprise, and win a box of their first pressing! The winning entry will be decided by public vote.
Are you running a community business? If so, Power to Change would love for you to complete their survey and help them find out how they can better support the community business sector.

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