A place to get active
In the words of our visitors
- Nice activities, nice fire, seasonal related.
- Woodland Family Group Homeschoolers
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NEET Vocational Training
Sharpham has a long history of supporting young people that may be facing profound life challenges.
The pace of life, the landscape, the natural world, the engaging activities combine to draw these young people away from their personal challenges and into a world that nurtures and supports them, often when they would not have been supported in the past. These events are based outside, where the Sharpham Outdoors Project team acknowledge the value of time spent outside and using the natural world as the ultimate learning environment.
These activities aim at building confidence and self esteem, practical skills and temperance, knowledge and employability skills. Often the outcomes include progression into further education, work or positive volunteering activities. Of the pilot programmes run via Job Centre Plus and Learning Curve funding through 2012, all 20 starting participants completed the course. Travel subsidy, food and certificates on completion all assisted in this 100% success rate. However all of the young people recognised what we have referred to as Take A Moment – that personal response to the sense of place offered by Sharpham as being the most life affirming and affecting outcome.
We are working at continuation of these pilot schemes based around woodland management skills and forest school techniques through 2013, as progression from our Spring to Life program as well as continuing to support local young people out of work and low on self esteem. Many of the previous youth program participants have continued onto our volunteer program and remain closely linked with our activities at Sharpham.