Grant funding has been successfully secured to run an outdoor learning project that will continue the previous youth work of the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership (CVLLP). The Heritage Lottery Fund has recently approved £26k to continue the youth work started during our 2012 - 16 programme. At the end of that project the young people involved said they were disappointed to have to stop and would love to be able to do more outdoor activities.
This upcoming project will be run by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, who are the lead partner of the CVLLP, in partnership with the Foundation Learning department of Leek College. The College will identify groups of 8-10 young people each term to participate. Most of these young people will have mild to moderate learning difficulties and a College tutor will accompany the groups.
Groups of young people will visit Rod Wood, a Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, and other countryside sites during the year and get involved in conservation activities as well as lots of arts and crafts. They’ll also visit other local countryside sites where they’ll use new skills and learn more about wildlife and habitat management. We'll be starting delivery on Monday 18th December - it will run one day per week during College term-time but the day will change during the year as different College groups participate.