Grassroots Challenge Programme

Project name: Grassroots Challenge Programme

Lead organisation: Ulster Wildlife

Project partners: Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Lantra, Northern Ireland Environment Link, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

Project summary:

The Grassroots Challenge Programme will bring the great outdoors to life for 5,000 young people across Northern Ireland through Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and special schools. They will be given the opportunity to gain new personal and environmental skills and work towards an accredited qualification, as well as engaging with their local community and working to improve their neighbourhoods through Wild Ideas projects. Through this project, research will be completed on the job skills required for young people wishing to work in the environment sector in Northern Ireland and to address the identified skill shortages and gaps.

Project outcomes: 

  • 5000 young people will have increased personal, employability and environmental skills, knowledge and competencies through the creation, development and delivery of projects designed to achieve net environmental gain within their local communities
  • 375 communities will have been positively engaged in these environmental projects leading to improved community cohesion and intergenerational relationships as well as increased knowledge and understanding of the natural world and the health and well-being benefits it brings
  • 375 communities will see a net gain in their local, natural environment through the completed ‘Wild Ideas’. Their local natural environments will be better managed and understood and in better condition than at the start of the project.

Primary counties working in: Antrim, Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Derry~Londonderry

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