Wild Youth project
Young, wild and well, that’s the strap line for a new 4 year initiative that will get off the ground in Belfast in January 2022. Called Wild Youth, this programme has been developed through a partnership between the Belfast Hills Partnership and Ulster Wildlife. Both organisations have been delivering their own youth engagement work supported through Our Bright Future.
Consultation exercises took place with young people to find out what their needs and ideas were for a new project. An application was then made to the National Lottery Community Fund in Northern Ireland under their Empowering Young People programme. Young people from both partner organisations were interviewed by National Lottery Community Fund staff as part the assessment process. Work has already begun to recruit young people to sit on a steering group for the project.
Once the project gets underway it will deliver Wild wellbeing sessions with school and youth groups in and around the Belfast Hills. Disadvantaged communities across North and West Belfast will be prioritised for participation.
This is the perfect legacy for the Our Bright Future programme in Northern Ireland, ensuring young people will continue to engage in powerful and transformative environmental youth work in the years ahead.
Why are only 0.5% of UK trustees young people aged 18-24? Let’s change this!
The average age of a UK trustee is 59 years old with less than 0.5% of current trustees aged 18–24. Despite this, when surveyed 85% of under 35s said they would consider becoming a trustee. Now, Our Bright Future and Young Trustees Movement are saying it’s time to make a change!
Young people who are interested in becoming trustees in the environmental sector, or to simply find out more, are invited to an online event aimed at breaking down the barriers they face. Our Bright Future and the Young Trustees Movement will host the hour-long event on Tuesday, 19 October, starting at 6.30pm.
Four young trustees will speak about their experiences, share good practice and dispel some of the myths around becoming a trustee in a bid to inspire and support other young people to do the same. The speakers:
Jeanna Malhi is a trustee at Friends of the Earth.
Jack White is a trustee at Groundwork UK.
Nina Vinther is a trustee at Earthworks St Albans and is also part of the Young Trustees Movement Sustainability Group.
Elliott Lancaster is a trustee at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and this year won of the Support Staffordshire’s Trustee of the Year Award.