Get Your Hands Dirty

Get Your Hands Dirty! Empowering young people to become switched-on Landcare leaders caring for Sydney’s threatened bushland

Get Your Hands Dirty

Get Your Hands Dirty! Empowering young people to become switched-on Landcare leaders caring for Sydney’s threatened bushland

Community Participation -

LP040-001

The issue

Recruitment of new volunteers and an aging population has been recognised as key challenges in the Landcare community. Nearly 900 groups contribute over 125,000 volunteer hours annually to on-ground restoration in Sydney. Without adequate succession planning this contribution could be lost.

Young people care about the environment and want to get involved with Landcare, but lack connections and don’t know how to get started. Additionally, existing groups led by young people are in need of new volunteers and training opportunities.

The solution

Get Your Hands Dirty! is a series of on-ground volunteering opportunities and training workshops to empower young people (16-35 year olds) to take leadership in caring for the natural landscape. This project aims to run monthly events over a year, which will connect young people to their local bushland, like-minded peers, and the existing Landcare and Bushcare community.

The impact

Funding was secured through successful Community Environment Programme and Australia Post Grants to deliver monthly events over one year. Before COVID - 19 restrictions, four events were delivered with collaborators in Landcare, Bushcare, Local Government, and National Parks. One event also served as a pilot for a Conservation Kayaking program through Liverpool City Council. The events were attended by 42 young people in total. Additionally, GYHD Facebook groups and newsletters have been created, which each have over 40 subscribers. Extensions have been secured for all of the grant funding for this program until mid-2021 and GSLN is in discussion with collaborators about delivering the remaining events. 

Key facts

  • Get Your Hands Dirty is a series of monthly events.
  • It provides volunteering and training opportunities to young people.
  • 42 young people have attended events so far.
  • GYHD Facebook group and newsletter each have over 40 subscribers.
  • Events are expected to resume in August 2020.