The TurnAround Project has been offered since 2007 and we have had six cohorts of young people through the project. This year is the first year the project will be run for six, rather than twelve months. The aim of TurnAround is for young people aged 16 – 21 to make positive change to [...]
Over the past year a group of vulnerable young people from Essex have participated in the Wilderness Foundation UK's successful and much-in-demand TurnAround Project. TurnAround aims to help young people who have experienced personal or social problems to change their lives. Founded in 2007, the programme focuses on risk factors such as truanting, drug and [...]
Since the last TurnAround News Update in October, we have had a busy few months with the project. All of the young people taking part are either now in education or due to start in the New Year.
The Diana Kemp-Welch memorial scholarship fund for vulnerable teenagers launches with the support of The Dulverton Trust.
Since the last update in June we have had numerous social evenings which have included bowling, a trip to the cinema, a visit to an indoor trampoline park and a cook out at Chatham Green. The aim of the social evenings is to create belonging within the group and to share different experiences together
We were delighted to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex (Essex PCC)'s office to see how important their funding has been in supporting our TurnAround programme. Representatives from Essex PCC came to our site in Chatham Green last month whilst one of our bespoke workshops was taking place and they were able to see [...]
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 [...]
[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 [...]
As Thoreau - that wonderful wilderness philospher wrote - I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. so did [...]
The problem with education? Children aren't feral enough On Monday 7th October the Guardian Newspaper published an article on the benefits of outdoor learning. George Monbiot quoted the Wilderness Foundation's projects which utilise Wilderness Therapy as a way of facilitating personal awareness, development and change. This exposure to nature can bring substantial mental health benefits. [...]
Luke would like to thank all of those who kindly donated to Luke's Virgin Money Giving page. Luke cycled from the heart of Chelmsford to Norwich on Saturday 25th May. Unfortunately due to a knee injury bought on by the ride he was unable to make the return journey, but one way is 80 miles [...]
UK Charity The Wilderness Foundation has been commended once again for its contribution to community safety in Essex. The Foundation's pioneering "TurnAround Project" works with disadvantaged and vulnerable children across the county, helping to improve opportunities, aspiration and self-worth, transitioning formerly disengaged young people into education and employment. It [...]
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Luke Baker is raising money for his Tall Ships Race in July 2013. He will be racing from Helsinki to Chatham Docks aboard the Morning Star of Revelation - a 62ft gaff ketch yacht. At the time this video was made, he had planted 150 trees and plans to plant even more in the coming [...]
Over the last couple of weeks we have slowly built our traditional Mongolian Yurt. We secured planning permission for the structure several weeks back but had to wait until the weather was in our favour and plenty of helping hands were available. Nature doesn't listen to human plans so we ended up completing the yurt [...]