Our Bright Future  is empowering young people to become skilled and engaged citizens. The vision for this five-year programme was for 100,000 young people to be involved and we have already exceeded that target!
Young people deserve a healthy planet, a thriving economy and a bright future. The programme is supporting projects to work towards that.
We are working with talented young people from diverse backgrounds. Some come from marginalised communities, some have a disability and some are at risk of homelessness. All of the young people involved in Our Bright Future have one thing in common: their willingness to roll their sleeves up and improve their own life along with creating a positive change for the environment. There is something for everyone. Not only are young lives being improved but local communities become more cohesive and vibrant. In addition, local environments are becoming richer in wildlife and more resilient.
In addition, 31 projects come together face to face or online, to learn from one another and share best practise. We are confident that this unique model of Share Learn Improve, will strengthen each project and lead to a larger impact across the UK. Collectively we are gathering strong evidence about the way we support the development of our environment and young people. We are confident that this evidence will soon start to guide policy making around young people and the environment at local, regional and national levels in the UK.
Our Bright Future is the only current programme of its size that brings together environmental and youth sectors’ This is where the Our Bright Future programme offers new opportunities for the two sectors to develop and refine approaches to empower young people to lead future environmental change.


To date, the programme has engaged more than 127,500 young people.
Young people have gained more than 7,500 qualifications such as e.g. OCN, NVQs, John Muir, DofE Award, AQA.
More than 900 young people have entered into internships, work experience, work placements or apprenticeships.
Nearly 250 young people have started entrepreneurial projects as part of the programme.
More than 3,400 spaces have been created or improved, such as parks, community orchards and nature reserves.


The Steering Group
The Steering Group is the primary leadership group for Our Bright Future, with responsibility for supporting The Wildlife Trusts in delivering the programme objectives, maximising its impact and ensuring a lasting legacy at a UK level.


The Steering Group’s remit is to:
  • identify, prioritise and steer ways to maximise the impact of the portfolio on young people, the environment and communities
  • ensure a lasting legacy for Our Bright Future and its component parts
  • oversee the development and management of Our Bright Future


The Steering Group is chaired by a representative of The Wildlife Trusts Council and is made up of one senior member of staff from each of the seven consortium organisations, three young people aged 16-24 and a representative from the National Lottery Community Fund The group meets quarterly and holds at least one meeting per year at a project location.