Young Nature Leaders Initiative

This is now closed for applications!

Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC are currently offering a fully funded Level 2 Training (OCNWMR) in Forest School Programme Support (QCF), supported by experienced and friendly staff.

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Aim: to train, mentor and empower diverse young leaders to better connect their communities to nature, explore outdoor careers (particularly working with young people in nature) and be a voice for positive change in your community.



Who is this for:

This training opportunity supports young adults who have experienced challenges and are looking to learn in a supported environment, have fun and learn lots of new things! Most of the training is practical and creative, with some writing, independent study and completion of ‘workbooks’.
Each person is allocated a mentor across the year who can be there for support via email, phone and on the days.
Participants need to be able and willing to work as part of a group and want to develop skills, gaining a Level 2 qualification in Forest School. This enables them to assist and work outdoors with a range of ages and abilities!
Some examples who this training may suit include: care leavers, carers, people who struggled with education, people affected by parental substance misuse, adopted or fostered, mental health issues that are not too unstable, transgender, mild learning difficulties.
Content of training:

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10 day programme, once a month. We will draw on other nature-based processes to include a solo-night quest, and to support the participants to experience a deeper nature connection and personal journey.

This training will go beyond a Level 2 qualification and offer 15 young people between the ages of 18 – 25 years to expand their knowledge, understand and experience  nature connection, the world of the child-led education and the benefits of working in nature.
All young adults will have the opportunity to volunteer on various outdoor/nature experiences and also gain a John Muir Award at Discovery or Explorer Level.
  • Wednesday 28th November, Wednesday 16th January, Wednesday 27th February, Wednesday 20th March, Wednesday 24th April and Thursday 25th April 2019.
  • As part of the Level 2 qualification, you will need to study independently and complete some easy to follow workbooks.
  • To be able to find your own transport to get to the woods, or car share with other participants – the location will be mainly near Laughton in East Sussex.
  • To be available all day on the day of training: 9.15am until 4.00pm. 

We want to thank the Ernest Cook Trust for providing a key grant to enable this training to happen. 

We are still looking for match funding of £5000.00 - please get in touch if you think you can help, either by linking us to a funding opportunity or a donor.

Many thanks.

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"For a young person who is struggling with life challengers, to get out of the house is one thing, but for that young person to develop their skills and knowledge in a place that could soon become a familiar, safe space is another.  I’m just so grateful for this funding as it enables us another opportunity to spread the word to young people who are struggling, that the woodland is a wonderful and magical place to be, and in the space that we hold in Vert Community Woods, full of kind and supportive people."
Emma Thorne, pervious participant and now CAMHS Peer Trainer.

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