Glasgow Green Pathways
Update – Autumn 2016
Our 2 year grant from Young Start came to an end at the start of September and we are sorry to say that the Glasgow Green Pathways Project has had to close temporarily while we secure sufficient funds to continue the project. Since 2014, the Glasgow Green Pathways Scheme worked with 3,506 vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
Get out there and feel the dirt!
Froglife’s Green Pathways scheme empowers vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to take part in positive activities linked to wildlife and conservation in their local community. Following in the footsteps of the Peterborough team, who have been delivering a fantastic programme for several years now, the Green Pathways Glasgow team are now busy developing activities and partnerships in order to make this exciting project have as much impact on the lives of young people in the city as possible.
Over the course of a young person’s engagement with this project, we aim to improve their confidence and social skills and work on any behaviour issues they may have. We signpost them to additional help and support, relevant to their wants and needs, and help them enjoy and learn about the natural world alongside gaining new practical skills. They get the opportunity to show what they can really achieve in a different environment.
This project rests on a mass of scientific research that suggests that being outdoors and in particular connecting with nature, has a huge positive effect. It helps physical and mental health, learning, behaviour and social skills for people of all ages and abilities. For some people, their reaction to our indoor based society is extreme and although they may not know the reason, take them to a wild space and you can see them relax and open up.
What is on offer?
Green Pathways work with different schools and youth groups in Glasgow, we can tailor projects and activities to best suit the needs of each group. This may include;
Young people plan, carry out and showcase a project which benefits wildlife and people in a local nature reserve, community garden or park. Projects might include:
- Planting a wildlife or bog garden
- Creating hibernacula (amphibian refuges)
- Creating bird boxes and bird feeders
- Restoring or creating a pond
- Creating a wildlife mural for a community garden Cleveden High School S1 John Muir students, creating a bog garden.
Consisting of holiday and after-school sessions for young people interested in practical outdoor activities, going on visits to different locations and joining in conservation tasks. There is also scope to develop sessions for family groups.
Activities could include:
- Pond dipping
- Wildlife surveys
- Making animal homes
- Den building
- Clay modelling
Pond dipping with Quarriers Opt-In group, surveying toads at Hamiltonhill Claypits and creating a log pile at Springburn Park with Balornock Primary School’s P6 students.
For whole schools or youth groups in a deprived areas, Froglife can visit and deliver interactive sessions with a wildlife theme.
- Wildlife identification and life-cycle
- Outdoor games
- Conservation of amphibians and reptiles
- Practical sessions using the school grounds or local green spaces, including pond dipping and site maintenance
Amphibian habitats activity with Dunard Primary School at the fantastic Children’s Wood site.
Who can get involved?
Our main target audience is young people aged 10-15 years, with scope to work to a lesser degree with other age groups who are considered vulnerable or disadvantaged in some way. For example, they may:
• Live in a deprived area
• Not attend mainstream school
• Lack confidence
• Have limited access to the outdoors
• Have learning difficulties
• Have behaviour issues
• Be involved in alcohol or drugs
• Be causing trouble inside or outside school
• Have mental health problems
• Be a young carer
How much does it cost?
It’s free! And we may be able to offer help to overcome barriers such as transport and outdoor clothing. Sometimes, the young people themselves fund-raise towards the cost of the project.
We are very pleased to announce that Glasgow Green Pathways were winners of the the Evening Times Streets Ahead Award for ‘Best Community Initiative’. It was a fantastic awards ceremony, held at the beautiful Winter Gardens to celebrate those finalists involved in working hard to improve Glasgow and its green spaces.
Proud as punch pupils and outdoor learning teacher from Balornock Primary School, who had took part in the project alongside our Conservation Youth Worker, were delighted to have won against tough competition. Well done to all involved!
Wallacewell Primary School took part in Tadpoles in the Classroom!
As well as learning about the common frog life-cycle, what they need to survive and pond invertebrates to name a few activities, the P4 class were fantastic tadpole parents – raising them successfully from egg to froglet, then releasing them back to Robroyston Local Nature Reserve – which is right on the schools doorstep. Great job!
Dalmarnock Primary School – Pond and hibernacula creation
Thanks to Action Earth funding, Green pathways were able to help P7 pupils obtain their John Muir Award by creating a wildlife pond and amphibian refuge.
What a fantastic day we had at The Back Garden in Possilpark to celebrate Voluntary Arts Week. We had a range of wildlife themed arts & craft stalls such as print making, deco-patch, den building, amphibian headdresses and much more… Thanks again to the Concrete Garden staff, the talented artists, stall holders and local community for making it such a successful day!
Louise Smith – Learning Officer
0141 339 0737