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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Vision South West

  • Finish Date: Thursday 31 January 2013

This project will support environmentally themed residential visits by over 100 young people with visual impairments to Somerset, providing first hand experience of exploring new environments

This project is based at Nettlecombe Court  Field Centre in Somerset. It is funded by a Big Lottery ‘Access to Nature’ grant and involves  working  with over  100 visually impaired young people (aged 8-16 years) from across the South West. It aims to give them a first hand experience of the natural world, increase their understanding of the countryside around them and give them the confidence to explore new environments. It provides a residential experience where the young people can explore the environment through practical activities (e.g. stream dipping, small mammal handling, shelter building, and rockpool discovery) as well as developing much needed social skills, self confidence and self esteem.            

The project is running 9 short (3 day 2 nights) residential over a 3 year period from 2010 - 2012.  Most of the young people attending the residentials are drawn from Actionaires clubs (sports and activities based clubs for young visually impaired people which are run by our project partners – ‘Action For Blind’). After each residential course ‘Action For Blind’ staff and volunteers carry on further environmental activities with the young people back at their clubs.

The project ends in Jan 2013. It is funded by an Access to Nature Big Lottery Fund