Verbal update from Heath Hands.
Members received a verbal update from Heath Hands concerning community Heath highlights and the following comments were made:
· Corporation staff were thanked for their ongoing support.
· A record number of volunteers (245 people) had joined Heath Hands in the last year.
· Heath Hands has worked to align itself with the City of London’s Strategy (I think he means either Hampstead Heath Management Strategy or the Corporate Plan but not sure) regarding diversity and challenge the perception of the Heath being “old and white”. It was noted that 18% of volunteers were now under 26 years old and nearly 40% were under the age of 40. BAME volunteer representation had been tripled to 15%. A variety of outreach programmes had been developed especially for vulnerable groups, e.g. a recovery through nature programme and an all-women’s programme.
· A Member (Mansfield Conservation Area Advisory Committee & Neighbourhood Association Committee) suggested reaching out to the Extinction Rebellion group for volunteers.