Youth groups wanted
We are working with schools, colleges and youth workers to improve the lives and prospects of young people (aged 11 – 24) in North Wales by helping them to build stronger connections with nature and providing them with the skills and knowledge to become the environmental leaders of tomorrow.
Why is youth development important to us?
Over the years we have engaged with numerous organisations, networks and community groups in our pursuit to safeguard habitats for wildlife and connect people to nature. We are now using this experience to reach out to teenagers and young adults across North Wales, with the aim of inspiring and motivating them to want to protect local wildlife and stand up for the environment.
The 'Green Economy'
A Green Economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Young people are increasingly looking for jobs that provide some level of return to the community and environment.
Non-formal education opportunities challenge young people to enhance their personal, social and political development. By engaging in youth work young people can learn to take greater control of their lives and be supported to recognise and resist the damaging influences that may affect them.
Health & wellbeing
Much of what affects our health lies outside the health sector and, as such, projects that empower young people to spend time in the natural environment play an important role within our communities. This project is about enabling young people to visit, explore and study the coast regardless of their initial propensity to take part in wildlife related activity.
Discovery of nature through action
The declines on biodiversity in Wales are well documented. We believe that involving young people in the care of the environment can yield benefit for local habitats and species; further demonstrating how people can have a positive influence through local, direct conservation action.
What are we doing?
We are offering young people the opportunity to build a range of practical skills and experience which will support their own personal development as well as their understanding of the natural environment. From taking part in exciting outdoor activities like snorkelling and coasteering, to volunteering on nature reserves and helping to lead wildlife activities and events in their local communities.
The project is one of 31 Our Bright Future projects across the UK. Each one is equipping 11-24 year olds to make a difference in their local community and for the environment. Our Bright Future is a £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. It is a partnership led by The Wildlife Trusts.
How you can help
We are seeking to connect with teachers, tutors and youth group leaders across North Wales in order to establish project groups and ensure that we can maintain a thriving network of young environmentalists across the region.
Do you work with young people or know someone who does? Contact Chris Baker, NWWT’s People & Wildlife Manager for more information on the project and how you can get involved.
Phone: 01248 351541
Fancy being a volunteer youth worker with the Trust? Interested in helping us to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders? Volunteering with the Our Wild Coast project is a great way to broaden your skill set and have fun in the process. Just specify that you’re interested in supporting the project when you sign up as a volunteer and we’ll get in touch when opportunities are available.