Project partners: YMCA, International Tree Foundation, The Urban Orchard Project
Fruit–full Communities project will equip homeless young people with the skills and confidence needed to transform green spaces and help improve their own health and wellbeing. This project launched in January 2016 and will help target young people living in YMCA Housing Schemes, Supported Lodgings and/or attending YMCA Youth Groups. This project brings together partners from both the environmental and young people’s sectors to work together over the next three years to develop community orchards with residents – for residents and the wider community.
6,000 young people living in YMCA Housing Schemes, Supported Lodgings and/or attending YMCA Youth Groups will have gained new horticultural/arboricultural skills and will demonstrate a heightened awareness of the role of trees and forests in relation to climate change, livelihoods, biodiversity and sustainable global development
6,000 young people living in YMCA Housing Schemes, Supported Lodgings and/or attending YMCA Youth Groups will report feeling more engaged with and accepted by the local community; with up to 500 local community members more engaged in the work of the local YMCA Housing Scheme and/or Supporting Lodgings
150 youth support workers will report feeling more confident in using outdoors improvement activities to support the welfare needs of young people living in housing schemes and supported lodgings
50 new community orchards and more than 1,000 new trees will be planted over the lifetime of the project; which will sequester an estimated 0.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.