More than 10,000 children and adults from Leeds have benefited from spending time outdoors with The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund and National Grid more than 10,000 children and adults from Leeds have benefited from spending time outdoors with The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.
access2nature is a five year project working to improve the life prospects and well-being of people in Leeds, by providing a range of social, learning and volunteering opportunities in the natural environment.
The access2nature project has welcomed over 3000 school children per year through it's doors since the project began in 2013, with children coming to learn about the natural world with science topics including 'Rocks, Soils & Composting', 'Plants & Animals', 'Senses', 'Minibeasts', 'Interdependence & Adaptation', and 'Life Cycles'. There are also topics which encompass team building, problem solving, building self esteem and resilience and all topics are designed to be a lot of fun!
- Each year 3000 children and young people have taken part in activities in their local natural environment.
- Each year 600 adults have taken up opportunities to participate in environmental activities and projects.
- Each year 100 adults have gained confidence to offer their time and skills to volunteering on a practical conservation activity.
- Each year 10 people have taken on project volunteer leadership and/or mentoring roles and responsibilities.
The access2nature project has provided valuable opportunities to a wide range of volunteers from across Leeds, with regular drop-in groups and special seasonal festivals through to a more structured Volunteer Leader programme.
Volunteer Leaders have been gaining experience leading adult groups and teaching children about the natural world around them. They have taken part in a comprehensive training programme, gained valued work experience and developed a whole range of transferable skills. They've learnt a variety of practical conservation skills and there's also been a whole load of health benefits along the way with participants engaging in active lifestyles, growing fruit and vegetables, sharing knowledge, making friends and eating healthily.
If you want to join in with The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange or find out how else you can support the project please visit www.tcv.org.uk/skeltongrange
The Conservation Volunteers
Skelton Grange Environment Centre
Skelton Grange Road