Worcester Roots Foundation
Worcester Roots Foundation
Worcester Roots Foundation is a sustainability focused youth led volunteering charity. We are comprised of young people aged 16 - 25 living in Worcestershire with a desire to protect our planet.
Our aim is to educate and raise awareness about sustainability and other key environmental issues that are important to the young volunteers we work with. Roots is led by it's young volunteers, of which a key group meet every week to help run the project and decide on new activities to participate in.
We also work with other local environmental and conservation groups, trying to get more young people involved in volunteering with them..
Examples of the activities we have undertaken include: running a play to promote sustainable life styles in the local community, for which we built the majority of the set and costumes from scratch and from recycled materials; writing a Tool Kit to raise awareness of environmental and other ethical issues; and regular fundraising events to raise money for the charity.
The main aim of our project is our grand plan to build a
revolutionary zero carbon building called The Pod (also known as an Earthship). This will be the first urban Earthship ever built and one of only three Earthships in the uk.
Worcester Roots Foundation aims to:
- 1) A learning and development resource for young people. We provide advice, assistance and personal development support through volunteering, educational and other activities either ‘in house' or externally with other organisations. WRF aims to provide young people from all areas of Worcestershire, especially those in rural areas, with better access to information and training on the environment and volunteering opportunities whilst aiming to improve the conditions of young people who are unemployed, have a disability or are otherwise disadvantaged by their social and/or economic circumstances. We build the skillsets of young people by providing meaningful and fulfilling opportunities within a sustainability context, for example: the development of communication and team-working skills through the project's youth steering group; encouragement of idea generation with support through to implementation; increased understanding of effective environmental campaigning; knowledge and experience of event organisation and management; work experience opportunities. Alongside this WRF offers information, support and training in personal development and environmental learning, specific to young people's wants and needs. These are delivered through a combination of in house and external training courses as well as attending events, conferences and meetings. The purpose of this objective is to help young people advance in life by developing their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals. The impact of this work is reduced youth unemployment and underemployment, advancement in sustainability education and an improvement in the life conditions for young people in need.
- 2) Advancement of sustainable development. That is, "development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." We achieve this by supporting young people to promote environmental conservation and protection through the prudent use of resources, promoting and researching sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration, and disseminating information to the public from relevant studies and research. Young people are given the opportunity to initiate, develop and take a lead on a variety of sustainability projects. Current youth-led projects include an educational toolkit for schools, a food co-op, a nature trail, Future Generations campaign and a feasibility study on a number of plots to build a sustainable youth and community centre in Worcester.
- 3) To benefit the residents of Worcestershire. Without discrimination we bring together young volunteers, residents, local authorities, businesses, educational establishments, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance sustainability education and provide facilities in the interests of social welfare with the objective of improving the conditions of life for residents. This is achieved by supporting young people to raise awareness, promote, and influence existing environmental issues in the wider community of Worcestershire through partnership working, delivering sessions at local schools and colleges, organising community action events and conducting research and consultation to develop effective local sustainable living solutions and a strong local network to successfully implement them.
Established: May 2010
Registered Charity Number: 1135945
Board members: 8
Phone number: 01905 24741
Address: Worcester volunteer centre 33 the tything Worcester Wr1 1jlView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website