Project name: Myplace: Motivated Younger People Looking After Community Environments

Lead organisation: Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Greater Manchester and North Merseyside

Project partners: Lancashire Care Foundation Trust, Lancashire County Council, Preston City Council, Chorley Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Project summary:

Myplace is an exciting new project being delivered by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Greater Manchester and North Merseyside. The project aims to empower young people, encouraging them to take action in environmental activity that also has a benefit to the local community.

In partnership with Lancashire Care Foundation Trust, the project aims to reach young people who are suffering from mental health problems. Participation in environmental programmes has a positive effect on health and wellbeing, and by providing stimulating new opportunities where young people can improve their skills and increase self esteem, the project will inspire a greater respect and awareness of the natural world throughout the wider community. 

Myplace builds on the success of The Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Trailblazers project and will be delivered around eight hubs across Preston, Chorley and East Lancashire, with activities including £120,000 worth of improvements to urban green space.

Project outcomes: 

  • 1,000 young people considered most at risk, will be empowered to shape and deliver environmental enhancements in their communities
  • 1,000 young people will feel healthier and we will be able to demonstrate the cost benefit for all that take part in activity, highlighting an alternative way to treat health issues using SROI methodology
  • 1,200 members of the wider community will be actively involved in making decisions and practical action to manage their local spaces leading to increased community cohesion, resilience and mentoring opportunities
  • 120 green spaces will be improved located within urban neighbourhoods, that will demonstrate benefits for both people and the natural environment.  The project will generate £120,000 worth of capital improvements that will be invested into deprived communities.

Primary counties working in: Lancashire