Project partners: Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Lantra, Northern Ireland Environment Link, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
The Grassroots Challenge Programme will bring the great outdoors to life for 5,000 young people across Northern Ireland through Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and special schools. They will be given the opportunity to gain new personal and environmental skills and work towards an accredited qualification, as well as engaging with their local community and working to improve their neighbourhoods through Wild Ideas projects. Through this project, research will be completed on the job skills required for young people wishing to work in the environment sector in Northern Ireland and to address the identified skill shortages and gaps.
5000 young people will have increased personal, employability and environmental skills, knowledge and competencies through the creation, development and delivery of projects designed to achieve net environmental gain within their local communities
375 communities will have been positively engaged in these environmental projects leading to improved community cohesion and intergenerational relationships as well as increased knowledge and understanding of the natural world and the health and well-being benefits it brings
375 communities will see a net gain in their local, natural environment through the completed ‘Wild Ideas’. Their local natural environments will be better managed and understood and in better condition than at the start of the project.
Primary counties working in: Antrim, Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Derry~Londonderry
A year on we have engaged 47 thousand people, created or improved 970 green spaces & created 148 social enterprises. And relationship with @BigLotteryFund has been brilliant. Let's try to go beyond numbers and challenge ourself to do even better! Great speech by David Sharrod