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 [...]

2018-06-30T14:03:26+00:00August 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 [...]

2018-06-30T14:03:58+00:00October 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 [...]

2018-06-30T14:04:57+00:00August 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 [...]

2018-06-30T14:04:58+00:00May 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 [...]

2018-06-30T14:05:00+00:00November 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 [...]

2018-06-30T14:05:59+00:00February 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 [...]

2018-06-30T14:05:59+00:00December 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 [...]

2018-06-30T14:05:59+00:00December 1st, 2009|Social Programmes|0 Comments

Allotments Diary – November 2008 Update

I was down at our Community Allotments site on Wednesday morning, at the Hobart Close site here in Chelmsford. Charlie was already busy at work, measuring up the greenhouses for the polycarbonate sheeting we are going to use instead of glass (for safety reasons). This is being funded by our recent grant from the O2 [...]

2018-06-30T14:06:36+00:00November 28th, 2008|Social Programmes|0 Comments

It's Your Community

The Wilderness Foundation UK Community Allotments Project in Chelmsford, Essex has been recognised by the O2 "It's Your Communtiy" initiative as one of the Top 15 Community Champions.   O2 have awarded the project a maximum grant of £1,000 which the Foundation will be using in the construction of two new areas of the allotments - [...]

2018-06-30T14:06:36+00:00November 24th, 2008|Social Programmes|Comments Off on It's Your Community

Allotment Diary – November 2008

I've just arrived back from our Community Allotments Project here in the heart of Chelmsford, Essex.  What a transformation!  Over the last month the regular volunteers have really made a huge impact on the site and together with Charlie and I, are all feeling really positive about what we have achieved - and a little [...]

2018-06-30T14:06:36+00:00November 12th, 2008|Social Programmes|Comments Off on Allotment Diary – November 2008

TurnAround Too!

Following the succesful pilot programme which concluded in July 2008, we are currently seeking young people aged between 15 and 17 years old to participate in the second run of TurnAround.   Our charity specialises in using wilderness and nature to bring about positive changes in troubled and vulnerable youth.  Typically candidates may be under supervision [...]

2018-06-30T14:06:37+00:00October 22nd, 2008|Social Programmes, TurnAround Essex|Comments Off on TurnAround Too!

The TurnAround Project receives £5000 from the Nationwide Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation UK has succesfully secured a grant of £5000 from the Nationwide Foundation, a grant maker financed by Nationwide Building Society. The Wilderness Foundation UK through it's TurnAround Project provides nature based programmes for young offenders and disadvantaged youth, including wilderness trails, skills workshops, community volunteering and work experience opportunities.  The £5,000 award [...]

2018-06-30T14:06:37+00:00October 2nd, 2008|Social Programmes, TurnAround Essex|Comments Off on The TurnAround Project receives £5000 from the Nationwide Foundation