Providing opportunities for young people

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust discuss the amazing work they are getting up to thanks to funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery is enabling Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to reach out to local communities and to trial activities and events that we might otherwise not be able to deliver. Something we are very passionate about is enabling young people, particularly those between the ages of 13 and 25 to play an active role in our work. One way we are achieving this is by supporting members of our Keeping it Wild group to help us deliver engaging activities for families at our events. 

When I was thinking about something to encourage me to get outside, this group ticked all the boxes, I’ve worked with a lot of people a lot older than me so it was the other side of the coin getting to hang out once a week with people a bit younger
Keeping it Wild Young Leader

At the Spring Fair at our Idle Valley Nature Reserve the young people planned, co-ordinated and delivered a range of activities including a make-and-take nest box building session and a range of fun and interactive wildlife themed games.

The Idle valley spring fair had all different activities around the park, one being an egg assault course, where families tried to move an egg from one side of course to another by working together
Keeping it Wild Young Leader

As well as helping the Trust to better relate to other young people and families at our events the group members are also able to work alongside our staff team and other volunteers to gain practical experience of delivering events.

Another aspect of our work that PPL is helping us to develop and explore is practical conservation activities for families. We have a long history of providing opportunities for adults to get involved in practical habitat conservation but there have always been barriers to engaging families, especially those with young children. At the Spring Fair we organised a special wild flower planting session in a newly created wetland area and a number of families – as well as the Keeping it Wild team, got their hands dirty. We hope that these families will now return to see how the habitat they helped to shape develops over the years to come. The support of the players makes it possible for us to experiment and deliver new approaches and activities with new audiences.

The beauty of the support we get from players of Peoples Postcode Lottery is that we can actually experiment and try new activities, put things on where we can attract families, develop our audience, and actually show people what the wildlife trust is capable of, show them what our sites have to offer, and hopefully tempt them back so they become regular visitors
Erin McDaid
Head of Marketing & Communications at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust