Donations to Green Tides
A donation to Green Tides today helps us support over 40 small volunteer groups, who between them, do so much to make environment better. We put on free training courses for our members helping them to stay safe (First Aid training) and specific gardening tools training eg. chainsaw, hedge-cutters, strimmers etc
Some of our members don’t have the facility to raise funds themselves. Therefore, a donation to Green Tides, can go towards spring bulbs, wildflower meadow planting, weeding and litter picking, topping up bird food, planting hedging etc etc. We are an independent not-for-profit organisation, who exist only for the benefit of the wider community, indirectly through our volunteer groups.
How we use our funding
We use our funding based on the needs of our groups. This regularly includes shared training opportunities to help ensure our groups can keep working safely. Groups have also accessed training for leadership, community development and the Green Flag award. By organising and fundraising on behalf of our groups, Green Tides helps them focus on their parks and green spaces, without worrying about completing lengthy funding applications.
Green Tides also supports groups with challenges they face. In previous years, we covered the cost of insurance for several groups so they could keep going. Then we successfully lobbied and negotiated with Adur & Worthing Council to cover Friends groups under their own insurance policy.
This lottery-funded website acts as a central point to signpost new volunteers and visitors to find their local group and green space. We also attend events throughout the year, promoting all of our groups, extoling the benefits of parks and green spaces and building links with other community organisations locally.
In 2021 we launched the Wildflower Trail and manage all its associated projects, including schools engagement and an open art competition. This project promotes the wildflower work created by groups, supports local biodiversity targets and programmes and looks beautiful for humans and pollinators.
We have no paid staff, just a committed and enthusiastic small team of volunteers. We all believe that community-led green and blue space volunteers are amazing and groups deserve professional support to achieve great things.