Tees Valley Wildlife Trust (TVWT) is one of four partners delivering the Our Bright Future ‘One Planet Pioneers’ project. Our Bright Future has over 30 organisations who are using £33 million funding from the National Lottery through the Community Fund to help young people step up and create what is rightfully theirs: a healthy planet, a thriving economy and a brighter future.
The other three project partners are Middlesbrough Environment City, Actes Trust and Teesside University. The main aim is to improve the life chances of young people by broadening and enhancing their skills and experience in environmental sustainability initiatives.
Becky Stanley ‘Community Wildlife Officer’ for TVWT will be delivering conservation activities to young people from Middlesbrough aged 14-21 who are keen to develop their skills and knowledge in environmental management. There are several options available depending on how involved young people want to be:
Fun, taster sessions at Maze Park Nature Reserve (see the OPP events page for details) – located next to the Tees Barrage. Taster sessions will run from 10am – 2pm on different dates throughout the year and can involve trying out outdoor discovery activities such as carrying out a field survey for wildlife, practicing bushcraft skills or managing woodland and wildflower grassland. Along with fun indoor sessions during cold weather to include ice skating, trampolining and mini golf.
Weekly volunteer days will involve planning and improving the wildlife value of local green spaces. This will include gaining practical training in safe use of hand tools and machinery and knowledge and experience on how to manage a variety of different habitats.
John Muir awards can be achieved by meeting the four challenges of discovering, exploring and conserving a wild place along with sharing your experience. Guidance and supervision will be provided by Becky throughout all stages of the award challenges. For the first level which is known as the John Muir ‘Discovery Award’ there is a minimum time commitment of four days (or eight half days).
Apprenticeships Middlesbrough Environment City are currently offering apprenticeships in horticulture and local environmental services and there are action plans in place to deliver future apprenticeships in practical environmental conservation.
If you would like to find out more about taking part in any of the above options, please contact Becky Stanley:
Telephone 01287 636382