Growing Confidence

Project name: Growing Confidence

Lead organisation: Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Project partners: Fordhall Community Land Initiative, Field Studies Council, Plunkett Foundation

Project summary:
Growing Confidence works with people aged 11-25, covering a wide range of interests and abilities.  The cross-cutting focus is Shropshire’s natural environment.

  • Youngsters on the brink of exclusion from school have the opportunity to become practically involved in landscape management. They can work towards a qualification
  • Secondary schools can try John Muir Awards. These encourage discovery, exploration and conservation of a locality together with sharing their experiences
  • Anyone hooked on the environment can undertake specialist training using the exceptional facilities and expertise of the Field Studies Council
  • An environmental career is an option for some and mentoring to develop a social enterprise expands options and horizons

Young people have the opportunity to enter at any point.  Their role is both to grow their own confidence with the natural world and to grow the confidence and capacity of the four partners to carry on working with people of all ages.

Project outcomes

  • To engage with more than 1,000 young people. All will be more environmentally aware; some will have enhanced knowledge, some better skills and some enhanced self-esteem measured via our evaluation
  • To move 20 participants into employment and a further 10 will have received support to start a business
  • To engage 250 young people in practical conservation of the natural environment on sites local to them
  • To provide tutored training to 300 young people on a range of environmental issues and opportunities
  • To ensure the four partner organisations are skilled and informed in working with young people of all abilities

Primary counties working in:
Shropshire