New Opportunities for young people
With life returning to some sort of normality, we have a new opportunity to support young people aged 14 – 25 to gain valuable skills and experience through our Green Spaces Volunteering programme. Social Interaction has been severely constrained with covid restrictions, leading to an adverse impact on many young people’s well-being.
Through a series of fun, sociable and creative activity sessions, our new programme helps to regain lost confidence, improve self-esteem and up -skill participants whilst supporting communities to create better green spaces for all to enjoy.
The project aims to:
• Give participants opportunities to increase or rebuild social networks, providing a positive impact on their mental health & wellbeing.
• Provide opportunities to learn new skills, whether practical ‘hands on’ skills or more formal skills through a variety of accredited training courses offered -demonstrating to employers the ability and willingness to learn.
• Enable participants to make a visibly positive contribution within their community, embedding a great sense of pride, improve their self-respect & self-esteem through learning respect from others.
Activities for volunteers will include:
• General maintenance and woodland management of one our sites with season and site-specific activities such as, planting, hedge laying, coppicing, and site upkeep.
• Formal training sessions to include courses such as First Aid and Health & Safety as well as the opportunity to achieve an accredited Volunteering Agored Unit which could help towards future employment.
• Youth led life skills, team building and challenging fun activity sessions to include Arts & Crafts, Upcycling, Cooking, Bushcraft, Money Management & Energy Advice, all of which will bring the group together while helping to learn valuable life skills.
Funded by Volunteering in Wales