Creative Pathways: Environmental Design
Creative Pathways: Environmental Design is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by a consortium of eight organisations which is led by The Wildlife Trusts.
Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today - a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change. Thirty one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste.
This young, ambitious and capable movement is ensuring this generation’s voice is heard in the current debates around environmental improvements and a resource-efficient economy.
Creative Pathways Environmental Design will introduce young unemployed people with little or no experience of environmental issues to nature, environmental awareness and green skills through practical, creative and fun projects. As well as building confidence and developing employability skills, the project will provide a lasting legacy for the local community by creating new urban or green spaces, which will be creatively designed, have environmental issues at their core and educate through innovative interpretive material.
The project will provide practical work experience and accredited training for young people in design, environmental interventions, landscape gardening, and sculpture. The work will take place on publicly accessible sites identified by partners including Housing Associations in communities in the bottom 15% of SIMD.
The wider community will benefit from being better able to engage with nature on their doorsteps and a project which provides a catalyst for neighbourhood and community development.
Watch a video about the environment made by young people called 'Living with Less'.
Watch a video about their experiences on Creative Pathways.
- Young people aged 16-19 years will have increased employability skills through engagement with the environment
- Young people will learn about their environment and put newly learnt skills to positive effect by creatively enhancing and protecting it
- Disadvantaged young people will have increased opportunities to take on a leadership role and have their voices heard
- Communities will benefit from the regeneration of under and unused sites, increasing pride and ownership of their neighbourhoods.
Project partners: Thenue Housing Association, Irvine Bay Regeneration Company & Barrhead Housing Association
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