- Climate action with hope and optimism
- The Big River Irvine Riverbank Clean
- Eating nettles and gazing at clouds: a LEAF reflection
- #TakeItBack to the start
- Dalry Primary School's LEAF journey
- Pedalling towards a sustainable future
- Chirnside Primary School's LEAF journey
- Flowerbank Early Childhood Centre's Pocket Garden Experience
- To keep Scotland beautiful we all need to take action
- Applegarth and Hutton’s LEAF journey
- Our hope for a nature positive Scotland
- Becoming a Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation
- We are all accountable for our actions
- Hillhead students talk keeping Kelvingrove Park beautiful
- Making it easy to choose a reusable cup for takeaway drinks
- Get to know...John MacLennan
- Get to know...Sandy Scott
- How Eco-Schools benefits pupils, teachers and communities
- Community gardening for climate, nature and heritage in Cumbernauld
- Tackling the litter emergency to protect our wild isles
- Scotland isn't looking so beautiful. We can change that.
- Get to know... Green Flag Award Judges
- Collaboration and innovation to tackle marine litter
- An introduction to Kinnesswood in Bloom...
- The litter emergency
- Our charity faces the environmental challenges ahead with optimism
- Wrapping up 2022
- Biodiversity - Reflections on COP15
- Small steps to protect biodiversity
- Why Mountains Matter
- It’s not just bees and butterflies on your flowers
- Wet Wipes - What's the Issue?
- Young Reporters on the Route: The Launch of Running Out of Time
- Getting to know... Tom Brock OBE
- Getting to know...Kyle Usher
- A busy day for Upstream Battle education
- Planning a Wedding with the Planet in Mind
- 'Disposable' vapes and the damage they cause
- Climate Emergency Training provides positive opportunities for young people
- Making climate action possible for everyone
- Reasons to be positive
- Shotts is ACTing NOW on climate change
- Hope is a Garden
- Do we need the word 'pests' anymore?
- Beautiful Scotland judging - the truth
- Supporting Scotland to be the very greenest destination it can be
- Arbroath - working together, inspiring local climate action and improving lives
- Reflections of a beach manager
- I do like to be beside the seaside
- Climate Action Schools - helping young people take action
- Inspiring and empowering young people
- Climate Ready Classrooms at George Heriot's
- Data drives decisions
- Litter, fines and doing time
- Why our Web Developer Cameron loves being part of Team KSB
- It's only one
- Why join the family of It’s Your Neighbourhood?
- YoungScot Legacy Event
- Why it is the sea and SDG 14 for me
- Litter picking - a surprisingly fun group activity
- Climate Action Skills and positive action for all
- Seeing community groups thrive with Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood
- (What to do on) a dreich morning on the Firth of Clyde
- West Lothian Litter Pickers – How I got involved
- Scotland’s Climate Festival – Seed funding for community action
- Climate Ready Classrooms at St. Paul’s RC High School
- Scottish Book Trust representative joins Pocket Garden judging panel
- Have #YourSayOnLitter - we plan to...
- Everyone has something to say about litter – time to make it count
- Who ya gonna call?
- Why I pick up other people's garbage.
- Getting to Know...Colin
- Creative Careers: Spotlight on Heritage #NoWrongPath
- Celebrating Scotland’s best managed green and blue spaces
- Taking small steps towards a more sustainable future
- Caring for our planet
- Football’s Power to Combat Climate Change
- Our work on the COP26 Youth Climate Programme
- What’s litter got to do with climate change?
- Scotland’s Climate Festival kicks off in Falkirk
- Responsible Tourism – an opportunity not to be missed
- Climate Change Vlog by Dalry Primary School
- Failing our future?
- Our Week of Climate Action
- #ScotClimateWeek - our impacts and actions
- Protecting the sand and sea
- Another fine mess – part one
- Designing a lower carbon Scotland
- Getting to know... Lisa Snedden
- Combating climate change with information, education and training
- Litter picking 500 miles was always Gonna Be easy
- 7K for 7 Flags Challenge
- Littering less at St Joseph's Primary School in Glasgow
- Smashing litter picking targets during an unexpected stay in Scotland
- Keeping our communities beautiful
- Celebrating our brilliant volunteers
- Designing a pocket garden
- Getting to know... Nicola Smith
- East Haven Together
- It’s time to litter-ly turn anger into action
- Working in partnership to give communities a helping hand to clean up Scotland
- Why Beautiful Scotland is important to Lauder in Bloom
- We can all be climate ready
- Climate Ready Classrooms at Speyside High School
- Taking part in It's Your Neighbourhood
- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
As part of Volunteers Week, we’re delighted to share this wonderful blog from Annie Rodgers who, after initially joining #TeamKSBScot as a volunteer, is now an integral part of the team.
Like many I found myself at a crossroads regarding my role in the workplace. Having cut my teeth in the world of Hospitality & Retail management roles I had nearly 20 years of experience to pull on. But, after a few personal events that required my full attention, I was in a situation where for once in a long time I needed guidance to navigate this new world of finding that role suitable for me.
I did consider going back to what I knew and did over time pick up a few small jobs here and there. It just wasn’t doing it for me. Those industries had moved on, too, with their own pressures on the high street, mass redundancies and the start of major spending priorities shifting.
I decided to play to my strengths and that was people. Those people were also in the form of the Learning & Employability Service at Stirling Council that was going to become an ongoing relationship, guiding me through the dips in success and be there as the sounding board I needed to navigate any obstacles I have encountered.
Afterwards, those few years of phone calls and talking things through, brain dumping ideas and talking nonsense but coming back to the job in hand I found myself saying yes to a 10-week course held by Keep Scotland Beautiful. Before I knew it I was outdoors in all weathers working alongside people all with their own reasons for being there, learning about Cultural Heritage, Archaeology and the Climate Emergency and loving every minute.
Little did I know that on the back of saying yes to that course Keep Scotland Beautiful would see potential in me to carry on with their campaigns in a Support Worker role to assist, mentor and deliver content. That was one year ago.
Learning & Employability were there through that process and in conjunction helped to secure a salary for the role for the first six months. They also checked in through appraisals and welfare conversations. It is never a drop and run service.
My advice to anyone who is offered the services of Learning & Employability is take it. Say yes to the courses, say yes to open days, have faith in the knowledge you already have and if you are open to having someone call you every week then take the calls. Sometimes, you won’t want to take the call or go to that meeting and that’s fine. Reschedule and do it when you are ready. Learning & Employability are there to guide you, they are not there to tell you how it is so take advantage of the resource.
Keep Scotland Beautiful have been completely supportive with the process of not only liaising with L&E but also fully supporting my own personal development within the organisation. I, after a significant time, can say that I am heartened by the whole process and the input of all those involved.
Katie O’Donnell, our Communities Manager, added: "At Keep Scotland Beautiful we work with communities to combat climate change, tackle litter and waste, and protect and enhance the places where we live, work and visit.
"Annie joined us as a volunteer on our heritage programme, learning how to record, protect and preserve local heritage sites including Scotland’s 200-year-old canal network. Annie’s previous work in hospitality, particularly her communication skills, proved a key asset in working with the wide range of people on the project.
"From that positive starting point we have been delighted to hold onto Annie, first within our Education and Learning team and now as she works on developing our new heritage engagement project.”
Charlie Lyons, our Heritage Officer, was the one who started Annie on her path to joining #TeamKSBScot.
"I met Annie on an extremely cold January morning,” he said. “I gently encouraged her to enrol in our Heritage focused employability programme Canal College. Annie completed the programme with flying colours, making many new friends and finding her feet along the way.
"Annie naturally supported fellow candidates and threw herself into a wide range of challenging situations from building planters to removing invasive woodland foliage in all sorts of atrocious weather. Annie clearly thrived in the outdoors supporting others to achieve great things and it was clear to me that this is where she belonged.
"She provided one to one support to a volunteer who is registered blind on the following programme which helped her to flourish and become more confident. Annie is now a valued colleague supporting KSB to develop a trail blazing community heritage engagement programme where she will continue to develop through helping others.”