We would like to share a poem written by one of our young TurnAround graduates on World Poetry Day. Shianne is 21 years old and through our social intervention programme, TurnAround, has been able to turn her life around and has recently returned from the journey of a lifetime to South Africa to help deliver [...]
Wild Swans from Essex take flight to Africa Women’s leadership gaps in business have been in the press over the past few years. The question is what stops more women moving into leadership positions and is needed to address the gap? Working with this in mind, CEO of the Wilderness Foundation, Jo Roberts, developed a [...]
Trustee of The Wilderness Foundation, Olivia Shaw, has been speaking to Third Sector Magazine about her decision to become a trustee at a young age and also her thoughts and feelings about being a trustee of the charity. Olivia says: "I wouldn't want to be on a board just as a token younger person," she [...]
Huge Congratulations to all the Wild Swans who graduated from the Wilderness Foundation UK women's leadership programme on Saturday 17th February. We're very proud of you all! Their thoughts on the journey they have all taken: Wind blowing as quick as time anticipation of a wild future the challenging tensions through the season leaves falling as [...]
I’ve just returned from a whirlwind week in Salamanca, attending Wild10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress. It is bittersweet writing in this in a cold and rainy England, and thinking about the experience of being in the sunshine, learning from a vast community of peers and wilderness enthusiasts and creating lasting memories. Wild10 is a [...]
Since the last seminar I have been asked to become a line manager for the first time, so developing as a leader has very quickly taken on real meaning for me
First session I always seek some opportunity to find the right time and the right space for myself. Being a nursing student is quite tough; there are always deadlines, exams and several priorities to juggle. I try to balance things between university work and social life, yet I tend to prioritise what my essential responsibilities [...]
Me again! Blogging at our mid way point of the Wild Swans programme. This seminar was around resilience and once again, we were able to make the most of the British weather and sit outside to discuss what resilience means to us. The seminar started with a solo walk and reflection on how the nature [...]
I didn't know that I had to do this blog until today (Saturday 27th July) so I am going to attempt to blog about the first two seminars without sending you all to sleep!
When I first heard about Wild Swans, I couldn’t wait to get started and find out what it was all about. I really felt it had come at a great time in my life
I consider myself exceptionally lucky then, to have been approached to take part in the Wilderness Foundation’s Wild Swans programme this year
We were fortunate to have Justine Laymond join us for the very first Wild Swans Seminar last weekend. Justine is a very special, inspiring young woman. Justines Story.... I am very lucky to be alive after a double-lung transplant in July 2006. I suffered the rarest lung disease called, Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (Lam). I kept [...]
The Wilderness Foundation is looking to recruit 5 young women to participate in our 'Wild Swans' Leadership Development Programme.
Everyone at the Wilderness Foundation UK wishes success and safety to our Wild Swans Patron Cathy O'Dowd as she departs for the 1st ascent of Nanga Parbat via the Mazeno Ridge – the longest ridge on any 8000m mountain, including eight 7000m peaks, never climbed all the way to the summit. Cathy is part [...]
Thanks to Karin Jordan for flagging up this wonderful opportunity for young people, which may be of interest to graduates of the Wilderness Foundation UK's Sirius and Wild Swans programmes. International Essay Competition for Young People Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology [...]