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An Exploration Of Nature And Our Relationship To It

Two youth information events & Forest School focus groups with Jo Read, youth worker, and Deb Millar with the team from Hallr Woods Forest School

An opportunity for Young People aged 10-19 years living in the Street and Glastonbury area to explore outdoor learning.

The Isle of Avalon Foundation have secured funding from Housing Association - Aster Communities to run two information events and two joint workshop/focus group sessions with Deb Millar, Central Somerset Outdoor Learning Partnership (CSOLP), at the Isle of Avalon Foundation & Hallrwoods. We are offering Young People aged 15 to 19 years & Young People 10-14 years, who live in the Street and Glastonbury area the opportunity to engage with outdoor learning, in 'taster sessions' such as, rural crafts, forestry and conservation skills and maybe even making Pizza .

Hallr Wood is a small, south facing, steeply sloping, amenity woodland (nearly 7 acres) with a green woodworking workshop, shelters, rustic kitchen, pizza oven, compost toilet, Romano- British style pottery kiln.

*Participants will need to attend the information events to join the Forest School Groups*

Project Aims

Young people will increase their knowledge and understanding of the natural world and raise awareness of the importance of conservation and sustainability.

These events will be promoted to Aster tenants in the Zone 20 area (Street and Glastonbury), with a view to fostering community cohesion to everyone in the panel area by offering them the opportunity to engage with outdoor learning, engage in 'taster sessions' for example, rural crafts, forestry and conservation skills.

Crucially, in the Forest school environment, Young People will have opportunities to learn how to assess and manage risks safely and to develop self-reliance.

All activities are run on the Forest School model: inclusive activities for disabled children, young people and adults, promoting a sense of belonging, developing self esteem, encouraging Child/Young Person led play and self directed activity.

Young People will be supported to be ambassadors for the Environment.

All CSOLP sessions are forestry linked. For older students we can provide a varied programme including green woodworking skills. We use an environmental education scheme available through the John Muir Trust as a way to recognize and record participants achievements.

Young people will have the opportunity to express their views and experiences within an informal group setting

We would also like to get feedback from them as to what their views would be, if we were able to secure longer term partnership funding with CSOLP and offer ongoing sessions, with the aim of building self-confidence, and resilience and an understanding of living sustainably.

Young People will have the opportunity to experience mentoring

We will be offering the 15 to 19 years session first, with a view to recruiting volunteers from this group to help out as Young Leaders with the 10-14years age group, which will offer the 15-19 years Young People the opportunity to experience mentoring.

Young people will have the opportunity to build self confidence and resilience

We hope to use the findings from this piece of work to apply for further funding to run a longer term project/s based on the feedback and involvement of Young People. If we were able to secure longer term partnership funding with CSOLP and offer ongoing sessions, with the aim of building self-confidence, and resilience and an understanding of living sustainably.

Participants will need to bring:

  • Signed parental consent form (first week only)
  • Waterproof coat, warm gloves and warm hat (winter) sun hat, sun block (summer)
  • Optional: waterproof trouser,s own working gloves
  • Water drinking bottle
  • Any medication required (inhaler etc)
  • Low waste packed lunch (all litter has to go home with you)

We provide hot drinks and may include some cooking as part of the sessions in Forest School. We carry on whatever the weather. Participants will need to wear old warm clothes and trainers, wellies or boots (best option).

Please don’t bring sweets or electronic games. Phones must be kept switched off and we can’t be responsible if they get lost.

Event Price:

Free of charge for Aster Residents /£10.00 non Aster Residents

Payment methods

  • Cheques: payable to Isle of Avalon Foundation Ltd and posted to the office.
  • Online Bank Transfer: please contact the office for our bank details.
  • Cash: Do not post cash! Make an appointment to visit our office and settle up with Jo Read, our Office Manager.

Event Dates 15- 19 years;

  • 1a. Saturday 25th April 2015 - Pre-workshop information Event for 15-19 years*
  • 1b. Sunday 26th April 2015 – Forest School Focus group for 15-19 years

Venue:

  • 1a: Avalon Room, Glastonbury Experience Courtyard
  • 1b: Hallr Woods - transport provided

Times on both days:

  • 2pm to 5.30pm

Event Dates 10-14 years

  • 2: Saturday 13th June 2015 - Pre-workshop information event & Forest School Focus group for 10-14 years*

Venue:

  • Hallr Woods - transport provided

Time:

  • 1.30pm to 6pm

* Participants will need to attend the information events to join the Forest School Groups.

Our Forest School leaders are members of the Forest School Association, the professional body for Forest Schools nationally. They are DBS checked, with Child Protection, Outdoor First Aid and Food Hygiene training updated regularly.

We have our own two small woods with compost toilets and shelters which are managed sustainably for wildlife as well as for forestry by our fabulous team of volunteers and the groups of young people who attend. Drayton Woods is wheelchair accessible.

Our leaders are mobile. We are able to set up sessions anywhere suitable, subject to the necessary risk assessments and consents.

We operate an equal opportunities policy and involve young people in the delivery of our activities.

We welcome volunteers of all abilities and ensure our events are inclusive. We offer support and training wherever funding permits.

Tutors

Deb Millar

Deb MillarDeb Millar is the Manager and Forest Education facilitator for Hallr Wood with a background in heritage education. She has been delivering a wide range of programmes since 2006, focusing mostly on therapeutic interventions for secondary aged disaffected and special needs young people since 2008.  She is delighted to be joining forces with the Isle of Avalon Foundation for this exciting programme.

Jo Read

Jo ReadJo Read is a qualified and registered Social Worker with 20 years experience of working in the statutory and voluntary Youth and Community sector and is very excited to be working on developing Youth Activities on behalf of the Isle of Avalon Foundation in partnership with Hallr Wood Forest School.

Jo and Deb and her team all have current DBS checks. Please also see the Isle of Avalon Foundation Child Protection Policy.

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