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New Out There Academy programme launches in Essex

Out There Academy We are now taking referrals for a 6 week outdoor and personal development programme for young people aged 13+ in the Chelmsford and Braintree area who are: struggling to engage and stay in school at risk of suspension leading to exclusion finding that behavioural and emotional wellbeing are big issues in their [...]

Volunteer Youth Mentors

We are now recruiting for our next mentor training programme. Our dedicated team of volunteer youth mentors play a key role within our social programmes. Our work with young people is motivated by a passionate belief in the benefits of the outdoors and nature for young people, coupled with our delivery of excellent youth working [...]

TurnAround 5 Graduation

[slideshow_deploy id='8494']The Wilderness Foundation held a special TurnAround 5 Graduation ceremony for six young people who have completed the twelve month TurnAround Programme with the Foundation on Monday 18 August. The event was held to celebrate the achievements of the young people who all come from challenging backgrounds and who took part in a tough [...]

2014-08-21T09:56:49+00:00 August 21st, 2014|Events, Social Programmes, TurnAround Essex|0 Comments

Destination Spain!

The Wilderness Foundation UK team are all heading off to Spain to participate in the 10th World Wilderness Congress - WILD10 running between 4th and 10th October 2013.     We will be delivering the Social Benefit Agenda which promote the importance of recognising the contribution that wilderness and wildness make to human wellbeing. During [...]

2013-10-02T17:11:29+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|Social Programmes, Wild 10|0 Comments

Graduation marks new beginnings for vulnerable youth

  On Friday July 27, 2012 the Umzi Wethu training academy for vulnerable youth celebrated the graduation of its 10th and 11th intake of students. The ceremony marked the graduation of a total of 177 students since the project’s inception seven years ago in 2005. Many of the graduates are the first members of their [...]

2012-08-01T10:25:11+00:00 August 1st, 2012|Social Programmes|0 Comments

Wellbeing for youth through £1.3million wilderness award

The physical and mental health benefits of the great outdoors are easy to understand - campfires, cooking and canoeing pursuits have perennially inspired adventure for children’s writers from Mark Twain to Enid Blyton. Today a Chelmsford-based charity aiming to boost the mental wellbeing of disadvantaged young people from urban areas through nature-based activities is among five projects in [...]

2012-05-15T10:50:28+00:00 May 15th, 2012|Out There, Social Programmes|0 Comments

Wilderness Foundation winners of prestigious Ernst & Young Award

The Wilderness Foundation South Africa was announced as the winner in the Social Entrepreneur category for the 2011 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards Programme at the ceremony held last night, 17 November 2011. Wilderness Foundation director, Andrew Muir was one of four finalists selected for the 2011 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards Programme [...]

2011-11-18T12:18:29+00:00 November 18th, 2011|Social Programmes|0 Comments

The best tool for helping damaged young people – nature

Today's Guardian education section features a profile of the Wilderness Foundation UK's pioneering intervention project for youth-at-risk - TurnAround. The article, written by Louise Tickle outlines the genesis of the project and why nature - particularly wild nature - offers a solution for disturbed youth.   Wilderness Foundation UK CEO Jo Roberts says: "Being in a [...]

2010-02-16T10:48:10+00:00 February 16th, 2010|Media, Social Programmes, TurnAround Essex|0 Comments

TurnAround Celebration Dinner!

On Saturday 21st November TurnAround Two came to a close.  Surrounded by families, friends, mentors, patrons and funders, the young participants enjoyed an evening of celebration to mark their successful completion of the programme.  We were delighted to be joined by Mr Rupert Gosling, The High Sheriff of Essex, together with Mr Andrew [...]

2009-12-01T13:23:06+00:00 December 1st, 2009|Social Programmes, TurnAround Essex|0 Comments

A message for World AIDS Day

Today the world acknowledges the remarkable recent progress in HIV/AIDS awareness, detection, and remediation.  As the Wilderness Foundation commends this progress, it remains confronted daily with the reality of the stigma, denial, and continued contraction of HIV at an alarming rate in areas of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.  Here, where the Wilderness Foundation Africa [...]

2009-12-01T10:58:57+00:00 December 1st, 2009|Social Programmes|0 Comments

Jo Roberts to deliver keynote speech at Wild9

Wilderness Foundation UK CEO Jo Roberts is currently in Mexico attending the ninth World Wilderness Congress (WWC) - dubbed "Wild9 - Feel, Think, Act."  The WWC is the longest-running, public international environmental forum. It is a conservation project that creates coalitions, establishes time-lines, sets objectives and achieves practical outcomes. Established in 1977, it has in [...]

2009-11-09T16:06:11+00:00 November 9th, 2009|Social Programmes, Wilderness Action|0 Comments

Umzi Wethu launches blog site

Our friends at the Umzi Wethu Training Academy have now launched their own blog site. Paul Longe, the Student Development Coordinator at the Academy tells us: With so many exciting developments happening at Umzi each week we've decided to set up a blog as a way to share the news with everyone. While much of [...]

2009-10-26T17:44:44+00:00 October 26th, 2009|Social Programmes|0 Comments

TurnAround participants set sail with the Morning Star

Participants in the Wilderness Foundation UK's intervention programme for vulnerable youth - The TurnAround Project - have this week literally started to chart a new course. A group of six participants, together with Wilderness Foundation UK CEO Jo Roberts, volunteers Roy Perry and Paul Morris and a University of Essex Researcher, Jo Barton [...]

2009-10-07T13:13:27+00:00 October 7th, 2009|Fundraising, Social Programmes, TurnAround Essex|0 Comments

TurnAround – An Appeal

TurnAround is a twelve month long intervention programme for vulnerable youth in mid-Essex, created and managed by the Wilderness Foundation UK. Over four years in development, and having completed a successful pilot programme in 2007 (where we achieved an outstanding 80% success rate in returning participants to full time education and employment - [...]

2009-09-29T11:59:41+00:00 September 29th, 2009|Fundraising, Social Programmes, TurnAround Essex|0 Comments

The Living Mountain – a weekend in North Wales

The Living Mountain, Rhinog Mountains, Gwynedd, N. Wales 28th-30th Aug 2009 (option to stay on until 31st no extra cost) Cost £100, Camping, self catering The Living Mountain will be a weekend exploring our inner worlds in relation to the wild and beautiful outer environment of the Rhinog Mountains in North Wales. We will camp [...]

2009-04-27T15:10:44+00:00 April 27th, 2009|Education, Events, Social Programmes, Workshops|0 Comments