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Young people in Coventry get back to nature

A project to help young people in Coventry increase their self-esteem and confidence, improve their employability and life skills as well as enjoy exciting learning experiences has been running in Coventry. 

The ‘Positive Pathways’ programme is aimed at young people (16-19 years) from the Foleshill and surrounding area. As well as learning employability skills, healthy living and music technology, bushcraft is a major part of the course. It allows the young people to have fun, enjoy the world around them as well as raise their self-esteem and confidence; whilst reducing anti-social behaviour in their local area.

Funded by housing associations, Orbit Heart of England and Whitefriars Housing, and supported by West Midlands Police and Youth Music, the project is run by Wild Earth, a not-for-profit social enterprise in the West Midlands which is committed to helping people empower themselves, discover their own strengths in order to take them back into their communities.

“Wild Earth provides a unique programme of bushcraft and employability to the 16-19 NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people,” explained Geeta Sarcar, Director of Strategy and Business Development at Wild Earth, “The young people set off on a journey of self-discovery, learning life skills through outdoor activities and applying them in everyday life situations.

“Along with outdoor skills, the young people are trained in job skills such as cv writing, job search, interview skills and becoming job ready.”