What we achieved in 2019
At the end of nearly every session, our project coordinators are buzzing with tales of nature connection, fun or touching moments and personal achievement.
From the little moments to the high-level organisation statistics, we are delighted by what we have achieved:
Whether the aims of our participants relate to personal development or environmental change, the Green Team are committed to evaluating and reviewing our programmes to ensure that we support them as effectively as we can:
*CAMHS is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Self-esteem was measured using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale
Feedback – we really value what people tell us about our programmes:
An example of our work
Here is an overview of a Thrive project we ran with pupils from St. Andrews High School and CREW – a harm reduction and outreach charity. It gives a flavour of how we help connect young people to nature, others and themselves:
The programme took place at Muiravonside country park, involving a group of S3 and S4 pupils who faced substantial issues in their lives and who didn’t engage meaningfully with the school.
Each session involved a conservation task, such as tree-felling, in the morning with students trained and trusted with the use of sharp and heavy tools. Through each task the students were given an understanding of the value of these tasks for wildlife and the environment.
The conservation task was followed by a peer-led session around a campfire focussing on risk taking behaviours and coping strategies. These sessions provided a safe space to share and support individuals around personal experiences such as substance abuse and issues at home or school.
In the afternoon, the group focussed on nature skills such as fire lighting, food foraging and crafts as well as enjoying time alone in nature for mindfulness.
Each of the young people completed wellbeing self-assessment forms, with all of them recording significant improvements over the duration of the project. One pupil with truanting issues in school, but a 100% attendance record on the project said:
“It gave me more confidence and my ability to work as a team increased…I loved being outside. It’s better than school for me – I’m not claustrophobic but outside is so free”
The sessions were attended by staff from St Andrews High School who were able to hear first-hand the young people’s thoughts, feelings and concerns. The High School Partnership Officer stated:
“It’s been such a great project. It’s just been so magical. This project has made such a difference. I’m feeling emotional as today is the first day that J and C have spoken, and I have worked with them for years. And J smiled, I have never seen him smile.”