Big Lottery, Reaching Communities funded programme
Green Light Trust is excited to announce that it has recently received a Big Lottery Reaching Communities Award Grant for over £300,000 enabling us to launch an exciting new project: Project Wild Haven. Over the next 4 years, Green Light Trust will work with around 250 hard to reach, isolated and disadvantaged people living in the Great Yarmouth area. The project aims to improve their physical and mental health, skills and qualifications.
Our Educational Leader in Norfolk, Sarah Dyball will be leading sessions with Assistant Leader Frances West, working in partnership with Gt Yarmouth and Waveney Mind to offer sessions for young people, residents from a women’s refuge in the area and lonely or isolated people alongside other local residents. There will be structured learning activities, where those taking part will benefit from learning new skills such as traditional woodland management and can also work towards an accredited conservation qualification if they wish, or the John Muir Award.
A green woodworking area will transform materials from the wildlife area into useful products, which will then be sold along with plants grown as part of a new social enterprise. Participants will learn about horticulture by cultivating the community gardens, a vegetable growing area, allotments and the orchard.
There will be a variety of workshops organised throughout the year where people can try their hand at traditional skills such as building a Cob oven or willow weaving. These would be open to the groups who attend the sessions but also offered out to the wider community.
In addition, Sarah and her team will organise several community celebration events where people are invited to come along and there will be amongst other things the chance to cook pizza in the on-site Cob oven and enjoy seasonally themed activities.
The site, a derelict urban green space between Southtown and Halfway House and in need of a lot of development, having become a dumping ground over the years for all sorts of rubbish.
Working with Gt Yarmouth and Waveney Mind who want to develop the horticulture aspect, improvements will be made to the wildlife area and the adjacent derelict allotment site which will be made into manageable sized plots for local community access with on-site tool share and expertise available. It is hoped that participants will benefit from:
Gaining access to the well-being benefits associated with being outdoors & working as part of a group
- Forming a focal point for the local community, getting people talking to their neighbours
- Offering people opportunities to spend time with those experiencing mental ill-health, challenging stigma
- Giving women’s refuge residents a foothold into the local community (they have often travelled from elsewhere to move to the refuge but may settle in the local community long-term)
Pictured are, left to right: Stuart Bennett, Development Manager, Gt Yarmouth and Waveney Mind, Sarah Dyball, Norfolk Environmental Education Leader, (GLT) Joe Crabb, Community Roots Co-ordinator -Gt Yarmouth and Waveney Mind, and Ashley Seaborne, Chief Executive of GLT.
You can find out more about the project via this link:
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