Esh Communities inspires local people to care for the environment

3rd July 2017

Tees Rivers Trust are one of the most recent organisations to be awarded community funding from Esh Group’s  Added Value  initiative Esh Communities.

Now in its 7th year Esh Communities has donated over £140k to local community groups that align with company values serving the communities where we work.

Delivered on an annual basis Esh Communities is supported by the Esh Charitable Trust and is open to organisations, social enterprises and charities. Applicants were given the opportunity to apply for up to £1k of grant funding online earlier in the year.

Over £40k was distributed to organisations throughout the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland with 50 successful organisations receiving funding.  Tees Rivers Trust based in Darlington was one of the organisations in the North-East region who were awarded a grant of £1000. The aims of Tees Rivers Trust are to increase community involvement in the regeneration of the Tees area, focusing on nature, industry and the health and wellbeing of local people. In collaboration with Tees Valley Nature Partnership, Tees Rivers Trust used funding to deliver a unique Nature Partner Conference hosted at Preston Hall. The Trust understand that local communities and volunteers play a huge part in supporting the growth and sustainability in the Tees region.

The Nature Partner Conference celebrates achievements by charities, highlighting the work that volunteers and community groups play whilst promoting volunteering opportunities with attending organisations.

Over 100 people attended the event including local interest groups, businesses and community members who came together to discuss Tees Valley nature and how best to protect and enhance the local area.

View previous Esh Communities Winners here

As this new and exciting initiative gathers pace the funding from Esh Group has given us a fantastic opportunity to join forces with the Tees Valley Nature Partnership to gather even more support and develop increasing opportunities for individuals, organisations and businesses to work together and improve the River Tees and its natural environment.

- Ben Lamb - Tees Rivers Trust Manager

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