The endless possibilities of fashion technology

Chidubem Nwabufo, founder of Impact Fashion discusses how technology has shaped the negative social and environmental effects of the fashion industry, but how new tech innovations could help tackle these same issues. Impact Fashion received £10,000 funding from Our Bright Future project, The Environment Now. Technology has become a pivotal part of how we interact […]

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Finding a new direction with Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders

Megan Humphreys (left) has recently completed 12 months on the Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders project, delivered by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. She tells us how she found herself swapping retail work for getting her hands dirty. I came across the Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders (TNL) project while working a dreary retail job in the midst of an inevitable […]

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Shire horses, bunting and a derelict car park; how the Urban Rangers are making London a little wilder

Catherine, the Our Bright Future Youth Forum member from the National Trust Green Academies Project, updates on the Urban Rangers activities. Urban Rangers is a group for 14-20 year olds that meet twice a week at the National Trust’s Morden Hall Park. They learn practical conservation skills and gain accredited courses. It is part of […]

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What’s coppicing all about?

Rachel Bush, Education and Wellbeing Officer at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust explains why the young people at the Milestones project are cutting down trees.  ‘We don’t care about the cold, we’ll keep on coppicing no matter what the weather is.’ Now that the colder, darker days of the winter months are a distant memory and spring […]

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Becoming a beekeeping tutor

From volunteer to Our Bright Future Youth Ambassador to qualified beekeeping tutor, Rachel shares her experiences as part of the BEE You Project at Blackburne House.   Blood rushed to my face and burnt under my cheeks. Every ounce of my energy I put into holding back the tears I felt building. Ten pairs of […]

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Wowed in Wales: 2018 Our Bright Future seminar

Last month the 2018 annual Our Bright Future all project seminar took place. Staff and Youth Forum members from across the UK gathered in Cardiff to celebrate the programme, learn from each other and plan ahead. Share Learn Improve Coordinator, Abi Paine shares her experience. Exactly one month to the day that I first started […]

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Kimberley and Adam go to the Royal Wedding!

Carlisle Undercroft is one of nearly 50 projects to date that has received funding from Spaces4Change, an Our Bright Future project, delivered by UnLtd. Kimberley has been working tirelessly to improve ‘Carlisle Undercroft’ and on May 19 her and her partner, Adam got the most incredible recognition for their efforts!  ‘As part of a group […]

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Regeneration and healthy eating in Berwick

This month we have a double blog for you! The Our Bright Future project, Spaces 4 Change, is delivered by UnLtd. It is a UK wide programme that finds, funds, supports and connects young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit […]

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Celebrating the success of vInspired’s Eco-Talent volunteers

vInspired’s Eco Talent is a six month volunteering programme for 16 to 24 year olds, which gives them the opportunity to develop real world skills and experiences so they can succeed in the environmental sector. Project Coordinator Jenna Hannon, tells us about  the graduation of cohort three.  The project is delivered in partnership with Barking […]

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Supporting and Empowering Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders

Georgina Umney is a participant in Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders programme 2017-18 ‘One person can make a difference to the world and everyone should try’. This well-meaning quote from J.F. Kennedy is a source of equal inspiration and exasperation to many environmentally conscious young people across Britain. In an interconnected world where news […]

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Our Bright Future Youth Forum meet-up

On Saturday 3 February 2018 Youth Forum members from Our Bright Future projects across the country met in York. Aaron Wheeler was one of them. Here’s his story…  Hey guys, my name is Aaron Wheeler. Not Alan, Darren or even Karen…as I’ve been called on the phone before! I’m 24 and I’m involved in a […]

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From volunteer to Trustee: how young people can influence change

Ellie Brown is Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s first young Trustee. Here’s how she landed the role. Wildlife and the environment are two of my greatest passions, and it was my desire to have a positive impact on the health of this planet that led to my involvement with Green Futures, one of the brilliant Our […]

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Blogmas 3: Easy #OwningIt ideas

Award winning teenage blogger, Zach Haynes, has joined the #OurBrightFuture #OwningIt campaign. Here’s what he’s up to…  For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Zach! I live in North Yorkshire which makes me quite lucky as I have lots of countryside that I can explore. That’s great for me as I have a […]

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Blogmas 2: Marine campaign takes Jordan to Number 10

16-year-old Jordan Havell won the Nature Ranger Award from Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust for his awareness raising of stranded cetaceans. After battling to save a porpoise on a beach near his home, he circulated a poster from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, giving vital information to people if they found themselves in a similar position. […]

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Blogmas 1: Why I’m #OwningIt with #OurBrightFuture

Merry Christmas everyone! To celebrate the festive season, we are embracing ‘blogmas’ and will be having not one, not two but three blogs this month. One per week leading up to the big day. Each of them is written by a young person who it taking part in the #OurBrightFuture #OwningIt campaign and taking action […]

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A Royal visit to MyPlace

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside’s Health and Skills Project Manager, Mike Winstanley, shares the excitement of a Royal visit to the Our Bright Future MyPlace project at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. Prince Harry visited Brockholes to learn more about the ecotherapy project which is encouraging young people to get outdoors […]

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Arts impacting life

Matthew McWhinne, communications and marketing co-ordinator at Impact Arts, talks through a week of activity at their Creative Pathways project. The Creative Pathways project, delivered by Impact Arts in Glasgow, goes from strength to strength. Last month, young people developed their creativity through a week of activity, including classroom-based learning, a field trip to Edinburgh, […]

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My trip to the Confor Woodland Show

Aaron Ross is an apprentice at The Next Generation of Fife’s Environmental Champions and Workforce project in Fife in East Scotland. He is working on a Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship in Trees and Timber. This is Aaron’s first blog that his Programme Coordinator sent to us. Thanks Aaron! At 9am on Wednesday 6 September we […]

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Taking the food waste fight to the fields

Phil Holtam, Sussex gleaning coordinator at Feedback tells us what this ‘gleaning’ is all about. Giving up a Saturday in summertime to tackle food waste on farms is no small sacrifice, especially when it involves hard work under the sun. But, that’s exactly what 45 generous volunteers did when they joined Sussex gleaning network’s sweetcorn […]

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Mocktails, marsh harriers and making plans

John Cave from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders (TNL) project, tells us about this summer’s Youth Summit that they hosted at the Potteric Carr Nature Reserve in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The day had a relaxed atmosphere, with a fantastic range of environmental youth organisations attending, yet a strong passionate message was shared between all […]

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What’s your bold move?

Roberta Antonaci, Policy and Campaigns Manager for Our Bright Future, tells us about her experience at TEDxTeen. On the 24 June, TEDxTeen took place at O2 Arena in South-East London. TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Independently run TEDx events take place in more […]

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Young people taking on the UN sustainable development goals

Grainne Martin-wells is the youth representative on the Our Bright Future steering group. She’s also been given the opportunity to get involved in Merit360, where young people are taking action to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  This year I, along with 359 other people (aged 18-35) from all over the world, was selected […]

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We came together…

Share, Learn Improve Coordinator, Nikki Robinson shares her thoughts on the Our Bright Future all project seminar.  As the sun peeked over the horizon one Tuesday morning in April, all around the UK people were on the move… from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England they came. From remote rural communities and inner cities almost […]

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Share to Learn and Improve: more than a fun day out

Ranger Gav from Hill Holt Wood talks of the impacts that new experiences have on young people.  Growth is a tricky thing. Do you leave well alone and enjoy what you’ve got already? Or do you trim a little here and there, move to a new spot exposed to different conditions and hope the new […]

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The Environment Now: young people using technology to save our planet

Lily Freeston shares the progress of The Environment Now as Heather Wildsmith and Lydia Allen deliver Thinkspriation events around the country this week. The Environment Now is an exciting programme that funds 17-24 year olds to bring their ideas around energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, to life. It’s funded by O2 and the Big […]

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How nature helped my Asperger’s

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts. Dara McAnulty, a 12 year old member, shares his story of the impact nature has on his life. There is something we can all learn regarding the impact nature can have on our mental health and wellbeing.  As soon as I was a toddler, my […]

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Introducing Anna

Anna Heathcote is the new Communications Officer for Our Bright Future. Coming from a charity background, it has been a very natural transition into the Wildlife Trusts’ Our Bright Future team in Newark. Prior to joining the team I juggled two roles, one with fellow conservation charity the RSPB, and the other with local community […]

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