Youth Project

Welcome to the youth pages!

Here you will find information about what the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme can offer you, the young people of the area. The activities and groups listed here are aimed at people between the ages of 14 and 25, and cater for everyone’s needs! If you’re looking to join a group to make new friends, or are part of an existing youth group and want some new and exciting activities to do, we’ve got something for everyone.

So what does the youth project do?

  • 1 conservation focused youth group set up for anyone aged 14-25 to join in – TameYouth needs you!
  • Almost 700 hours of volunteer hours delivered with young people in 2016.
  • Regular sessions with existing youth groups. CareFirst Skillstank have been exploring thier local nature reserves, learning how to light fires, cook food and conserve wildlife habitat.
  • We have partnered up with NCS Uprising in Tamworth to offer taster sessions for the skills development phase. In 2016, we engaged with 134 young people, they gave over 300 hours of volunteering and raised over £100 for a local volunteer group.
  • Three groups are starting their John Muir Award in 2017.
  • Duke of Edinburgh – if you are looking for a volunteer placement, TameYouth can provide you with a placement to complete your hours.

Below you will find information on our achievements to date, photos of what we get up to, and info on how to get involved!

TameYOUTH +

TameYouth is the new conservation youth group set up by the Tame Valley Wetlands, and we need you! We meet every third Sunday, at different locations around the Tame Valley Wetlands. Our aim is to support the Tame Valley Wetlands vision of ‘creating a wetland landscape, rich in wildlife and accessible to all’, so we get properly stuck in! Whether it is pulling up invasive species, cutting back shrub, removing litter, maintaining paths or creating new habitats, we are working to create a better environment for wildlife and people.

But it’s not all work, we include a social aspect to all of our sessions! This is planned and led by the group – if you want to have a campfire, create a scavenger hunt, do some den building, have a go on the slackline, you as a group get to decide!

Dates of upcoming sessions

TameYouth runs every 3rd Sunday, starting on Sunday January 15th 2017.

Dates in 2017:

January 15th, February 5th, February 26th, March 19th, April 9th.

Locations change each session, and will be sent out to volunteers prior to the day.

JOHN MUIR AWARD +

The John Muir Award is perfect for a group who are looking for a new challenge to complete together. It is an environmental award scheme which encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places, but it can be completed in your local area! The process couldn’t be easier:

  • Discover a wild place – this could be an area of your local park which you’ve never looked at before
  • Explore it – take some photos, do an insect survey, do anything which will increase your understanding and awareness of that area.
  • Conserve it – take practical action which will benefit the area
  • Share it – let others know what you have done and what you have learned!

The best thing about this process? Your group decides exactly what and how you achieve it! You will have complete ownership and responsibility for the project, and learn skills on teamwork and project planning along the way.

Our Youth Officer can help you through these steps, and register you for your John Muir Award certificates once the process is complete.

BESPOKE YOUTH GROUP SESSIONS +

Nicola, our Youth Officer, can provide bespoke visits (either one off or more regular) to youth groups or extra curricular school clubs to provide sessions on practical conservation, teambuilding, communication, outdoor activities, bushcraft skills and much more! If you are part of a group and would like to take part in something a bit different, get in touch and we can discuss your needs.

 

For more information, contact: youth@tamevalleywetlands.co.uk

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