Project information

Outdoor Inspirations...

We are committed to giving children the best start... we provide activities for ages 3 to 16 years. ¾ of the children we work with live in disadvantaged areas. We aim to provide positive outdoor experiences and to support children to build a positive relationship with the natural environment

ongoing, year round

Charity information

The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham

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  • Need


    Our activities aim to overcome predjudices about children learning outdoors and build on positive outdoor experiences. Our activities support learning difficulties and behavioural problems as well as mainstream education in the classroom.


    Our activities will aim to raise awareness about the importance of the environment, biodiversity and sustainability. By giving children these experiences today, we hope they will go on to develop a passion for protecting the natural world in the future. We run a variety of outdoor education programmes including Forest Schools, which supports SEN education and disengaged young people.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide high quality, learning-based activities to support children’s holistic development


    » Run a varied and inclusive educational based programme of activites for local children and groups to take part in

    Success will be measured through evaluations and levels of participation and observation records for childrens progress

    Aim 2

    to raise awareness about the importance of the environment


    » Activites will be planned that take the environment into account, and provide extra learning opportunities

    Success will be measured by the knowledged gained and enthusiasm and feedback of participants on evaluations

    Aim 3

    increase use of outdoor spaces to give children positive experiences in their local environment


    » Activities will take place in local parks, nature reserves and green spaces

    Success will be measured by levels of participation

    Aim 4

    give children a chance to express their opinions and make a difference to their local environment


    » children will be able to make informed decisions, choices and evaluate projects when they are taking part

    Success will be measured by the input provided by individuals and level of activity in the local environment

    Aim 5

    All activities are safe and appropriate for children, and linked to Every Child Matters outcomes


    » We will undertake full risk assesments, staff are CRB cleared and fully trained, activities are planned considering the Every Child Matters outcomes

    Success will be measured by the number of participants and outcomes acheived

  • Impact


    The project will give disadvantaged children the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their self confidence, increase their educational attainment and understanding, enjoy new experiences, form new friendships, have fun outdoors and make real improvements to their local environment. We will demonstrate success of the project by summarising responses, comments and feedback from people engaged and how their experiences have made a dofference to them personally.


    There is a risk that no-one could take part in the project. This would be dealt with by adequate promotion and marketing to the right audiences.
    Severe weather also affects levels of participation, we would provide alternative activities to mitigate against this.


    We will provide a summary of the project, outlining successes and areas for improvement at the end of the year

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Sessions Providing free and discounted activities to local groups
  • Background


    Activities will take place acroos South Yorkshire


    A number of groups and children will benefit, the number would depend on the level of funding received

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For the past 25 years we have been able to offer families, schools and groups free or discounted educational activities thanks to support from grant-giving bodies and charitable Trusts, we have proffessional and fully trained staff, who are expert in the field of educational activities

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Education Officer

    Plans, delivers and evaluates hundreds of environmental educational and play activities over the year to groups, schools, and individuals


pays for children to discover the secret outdoors