Encourage and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences and hands-on learning in a woodland environment.
Charity information: Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust
Improve the mental and physical health of children & young people. Build independence, resilience and self esteem as well as increased social skills such as team-building, cooperation and project planning. Promote environmental awareness. Reduce impact of vandalism/ litter in open woodlands by encouraging socially-responsible behaviour. Improve their listening, communication, negotiation, and verbal skills. Improve their positive mental attitude and confidence.
Getting children and young people into the outdoors encourages them to explore with all of the senses. It empowers them in the natural environment, and encourages spatial awareness and motor development through a programme of team working and expressive activities. The activities involve physical work which improves their health and encourages them to communicate with each to achieve a common goal. It enables children and young people to gain new skills which can be used in other areas.
Improve health by encouraging children to be more active and use the outdoors.
Activities» Scavenger hunts throughout the woodland area so they get to explore the area
» Environmental games using natural play items found in the woods
Increasing the distances that the group walk after each session and making the games more difficult.
Improve well being by introducing groups to the benefits of being in woodlands
Activities» Environmental art including Green Men making using natural materials
» Bark rubbing so they learn about different natural patterns
Asking the children and young people how they feel about being in an outdoor environment and what they like to see.
Greater confidence in using woodlands as a safe environment in which to be and to learn.
Activities» Safe firelighting where they are able to boil water in a kellie kettle
Getting the children to do more challenging activities and encouraging them to explore further at each new session.
Encouraging team work and listening
Activities» Shelter building using tarpaulins and rope in small groups.
Put the children into different groups each time and timing them to see how long it takes to do the shelter building.
Raising environmental awareness and the importance of conservation
Activities» Teaching children about the local biodiversity and the different types trees and wildlife that are in the area.
Asking the children each time questions about the trees and wildlife in the area.
Making the children and young people more confident which enables them to be more successful learners. This would be evaluated through seeking feedback from the teachers after the sessions have been completed. This would be done through a series of questions about the participants behaviour and their interest in taking part in further outdoor activities.
The outdoor environment can change so the weather can be a factor. This is taken into consideration before each session based on the forecast. Accessibility can also be an issue which is accessed before each session to ensure it is safe.
The report will involve the number of particpants and what activities they have enjoyed most and what they have learned. Photos will show the activities and testimonials will be collected.
Budget - Project Cost: £7,900Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,237 Woodland Sessions Running 8 sessions for local primay school children £3,237 Woodland Sessions Running 8 sessions for local high school children £362 Woodland Sessions Allowance for materials £160 Woodland Sessions Refreshments for participants £804 Project Development Liaising and evaluating with schools £100 Resources & Fact sheets Preparing and Printing of fact sheets
The project is in one of the most deprived areas in west Edinburgh as per the (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) It is in the lowest 5% of the index. The area has a range of issues which include significant health and income issues. The area is in a process of redevelopment but does have a number of greenspaces that are underused.
The children and young people that benefit the most often have a range of issues. These can include learning and development difficulties, an unstable domestic situation, be in care, have poor nutrition or physical health, be a young carer, have a parent in the Armed Forces, or speak English as a second language.
We have been running these types of activities for over 25 years. We have experience in working with different groups through the region. We have built up trusted relationships within the local communities and schools through successful deliver of projects and activities.
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Community Projects Officer who delivers the sessions and liaises with the schools programme.