We are delighted to announce that “Positive Pathways”, a Wild Earth project we are funding in partnership with Whitefriars Housing and Youth Music in Coventry has won the Excellence in Youth Involvement award at the 2016 TPAS Central Awards!
Positive Pathways is a unique and exciting programme run by Wild Earth and engages NEET young people on a pathway of developing interpersonal skills, confidence, employability skills or further education. This is carried out through a unique blend of activities, including bushcraft and survival skills, music making, anti-knife crime sessions, mentoring schemes, employment skills and ongoing support.
Young people can be affected by multiple barriers such as, worklessness, mental health, debt or benefit dependency, history of offending, lack of qualifications or work experience, low aspirations and low levels of literacy or numeracy. This highly innovative programme offers young people a life-changing experience providing tailored support for the people who take part.
Alex Hampson, Founder and Director of Wild Earth said “It is fantastic to have won this award and we are really proud of all that the young people have achieved on the programme. It is always rewarding to see how the participants gain self-esteem and confidence though connecting with nature, to help them meet life’s challenges now and in the future.”
Simon Lieberman, Community Investment Manager at Orbit Heart of England said “We are so pleased to be involved with this project and see the fantastic outcomes for the young people. This award is testament to the great work that Wild Earth does.”
Claire Hardwick, Head of Customer and Community Engagement at WM Housing said, ‘Wild Earth provide a unique, empowering and person-centred approach to working with some of the most excluded young people. Together they achieve impressive results.’
The words of young people bring the impact of the programme to life:
“If it wasn’t for this course, I wouldn’t be alive…I looked at myself and thought ‘this isn’t the guy who was lying in bed all day.’ I felt like I was somebody else.”
“As I was leaving jail I never thought anyone would accept me and give me a chance. This course has made me realise what I can do if I work hard.”
“I have been in jail five times, and been on so many youth offending courses but this is the best thing I have done.”
“This course has been good for my self-expression and self-reflection abilities.”
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