The RRC has secured new funding from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation which will enable us to expand to meet the needs of the growing area of locally driven river restoration projects. Traditionally the RRC has provided information and advice to key agencies, consultants, and contractors, whilst making guidance documents openly available to all sectors. However this new funding will enable us to extend this support to third sector groups, such as River and Wildife Trusts, and local catchment partnerships.
As part of this new initiative, our new Local Engagement and Communications Officer Will, has joined the team. He has answered some questions on his background and the role on our blog (view). Will and the rest of the team are now in the process of developing our plans for third sector training, advice and guidance. However we need your help! In order to focus our resources we now require information from local and community groups as to what their needs are, and how the RRC can best meet these. We will be releasing a wide scale survey in the autumn, but please get in touch in the meantime. Provisional plans include a new series training webinars, regional workshops and factsheets, and a new online forum.
Watch out for further updates across our communication channels, and do contact us if you would like to discuss this work in more depth. Finally, thank you to the Esmée Fairbairne Foundation for their generous funding of this initiative. We will aspire to meet the diverse needs of UK third sector groups as best as we can in the months and years to come.