What we do
Link’s aim is to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the environmental voluntary sector through collaboration. By bringing our members together on policy areas of interest to them, we provide them with a forum to develop a collective view on national and international issues affecting wildlife and the countryside, to exchange information, and to work together to develop policies to influence domestic and relevant EU and international policies. By working together, Link can provide our members with a stronger single voice to effect policy change.
Our focus is on Westminster and Whitehall. We therefore deal mostly with England related policy issues, or UK wide issues which are either dealt with by the UK Parliament or affect the UK from an international perspective. For those issues related to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please see the websites of our sister Link organisations.
Link provides an important information management service helping members to share resources and intelligence. By acting as a hub through which information can be exchanged between members we:
- enable members to find out about and contact colleagues in other organisations with similar interests;
- keep members up to date with developments across a range of topics;
- produce monthly bulletins available to all our members containing information about forthcoming events, current consultations, new publications and career opportunities.
On joining Link, members can sign on to distribution lists to receive regular information on issues they are interested in.
Where there is a recognised need and a will to work together, Link facilitates collaborative work between members by:
- helping to distil a clear common message from our members on important issues and communicate it effectively to key decision makers;
- providing an independent forum where priorities can be discussed and agreed, and joint positions on environmental issues can be developed and promoted;
- acting as an 'honest broker' in the agreement of positions where our members may have different views about particular issues;
- creating flexible coalitions between members and non-member organisations;
- helping members to synchronise public campaigns to achieve maximum impact;
- organising public events to communicate a common message to the public or decision-makers;
- enabling members to collectively commission new pieces of research;
- co-ordinating the selection of representatives to attend external fora (i.e. Government committees and review groups) where a common agenda can be promoted.
All members have the opportunity to contribute to and support all joint action. However, as we work on a 'positive sign-on' basis, we always seek each member's explicit support for statements Link produces.