About Kirklees Green Pathways:
The Kirklees Green Pathways Project worked with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people aged 16 – 25 years. Participants undertook practical outdoor activities to improve green spaces for wildlife and people resulting in education and enjoyment of their local environment. The project aimed to improve physical and mental wellbeing and support young people to increase their confidence, self-esteem, social skills and instil practical and transferable skills.
The project reached over 190 young people from across the Kirklees area. The project also reached other community organisations: support workers, school and college support staff, parents, local youth hostels and members of the community who have been interested and very supportive of our work.
Kirklees Green Pathways has certainly made a significant impact to the lives of young people:
“My anxiety doesn’t feel as bad doing this project” – Participant from Yorkshire Children Centre.
“I have really enjoyed the project, you feel good working outside – and I have lost weight too” – Student from Institute of Islamic Education.
“It is a great project I don’t think about my depression when I am busy with helping the wildlife, thanks Froglife!” – Jodie, service user from Care in Mind.
“The project has made me want to find a job working outdoors” Callum, participant from Batley Foyer.
Many had never engaged with wildlife conservation before. They felt inspired by nature and pursued their interests further as some participants have now joined other conservation groups as a result of their new-found skills and confidence.
Number of sessions: 154
Number of attendees per session: 8/10
Number of people reached: 190 +
In 2017 /18, evaluations showed a 28% increase in undertaking physical activity ‘often’ and a 22% increase in ‘feeling happy’
The project has made a difference to the lives of young people across the Kirklees area and many would like to continue being a part of Froglife as Kirklees Green Pathways has inspired them and given participants the skills and confidence to develop themselves. The project now has excellent relationships across Kirklees and we will focus on sourcing further funds to continue our vital work.
For further information on this project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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