Project partners: Fordhall Community Land Initiative, Field Studies Council, Plunkett Foundation
Project summary: Growing Confidence works with people aged 11-25, covering a wide range of interests and abilities. The cross-cutting focus is Shropshire’s natural environment.
Youngsters on the brink of exclusion from school have the opportunity to become practically involved in landscape management. They can work towards a qualification
Secondary schools can try John Muir Awards. These encourage discovery, exploration and conservation of a locality together with sharing their experiences
Anyone hooked on the environment can undertake specialist training using the exceptional facilities and expertise of the Field Studies Council
An environmental career is an option for some and mentoring to develop a social enterprise expands options and horizons
Young people have the opportunity to enter at any point. Their role is both to grow their own confidence with the natural world and to grow the confidence and capacity of the four partners to carry on working with people of all ages.
To engage with more than 1,000 young people. All will be more environmentally aware; some will have enhanced knowledge, some better skills and some enhanced self-esteem measured via our evaluation
To move 20 participants into employment and a further 10 will have received support to start a business
To engage 250 young people in practical conservation of the natural environment on sites local to them
To provide tutored training to 300 young people on a range of environmental issues and opportunities
To ensure the four partner organisations are skilled and informed in working with young people of all abilities