Confidence building and outdoor learning to boost youngsters’ lives

Working Without Walls youth project
Working Without Walls youth project

Education Futures Trust - a Hastings charity supporting children, adults and families - has announced exciting new project Working Without Walls which offers new opportunity to local youngsters.

The course is funded by Natwest Skills Opportunity Fund and so is completely free.

Luke Funnell, Outdoor Learning Facilitator, said: “This project is aiming to improve the life chances of young people aged 14-21 through intensive outdoor learning and transformative immersion in nature which believe in turn will improve self-esteem, confidence, resilience and independence giving young people a chance to escape negative cycles of behaviour.”

All participants will leave with an accredited qualification and opportunities to move on to voluntary or work placements. This is a course for young people who are experiencing difficulties with mainstream education, training or employment. It is designed to impact positively on self-esteem and confidence, and addresses specific barriers such as health, social exclusion and family dynamics. Further, for those who would make good role models this is an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills, as peer mentoring is encouraged.

The next 10 week course is starting on May 4.

Working Without Walls is all about creating opportunities for young people to thrive and will be located within 25 acres of magnificent ancient woodland in the heart of Sussex. It will focus on intensive outdoor learning and transformative immersion in nature with conservation and bushcraft activities, team building exercises, group discussions and games,

Young people taking part will receive a John Muir Explorer award, a nationally recognised conservation qualification, and completion will lead to a tailored and supported volunteer or work placement

Working Without Walls will take place in Pennywort Wood at Staplecross starting May 4 to July 13, 9.30am-2.30pm. Contact Mel on 01424722241 or office@educationfuturestrust.org www.educationfuturestrust.org Twitter: @EFT_Hastings Facebook: Education Futures Trust

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