2 November 2010

Froglife on The One Show!

The BBC’s One Show came and visited one of our wildlife friendly allotments in Peterborough on Monday, to find out about our Children in Need funded project Green Pathways. Some young people from the project met One Show wildlife expert Mike Dilger and the camera crew to talk about their experiences.

Green Pathways has been running for two years and enables all sorts of young people from the city to find new ways to shine in wildlife-themed sessions. Vulnerable young people such as young carers, victims of bullying, those at risk of offending, or from disadvantaged backgrounds mingle with peer mentors with a shared interest in being outdoors and learning about nature. The sessions have a positive, inclusive and hands-on approach.

The project has been really successful and oversubscribed, seeing improvements in self-esteem, confidence, knowledge and skills, as well as providing precious opportunities to escape from the pressures of everyday life in the fresh air. Nicole, who was interviewed for the show, has been involved from the beginning and now volunteers to help other young people get their hands dirty! Nicole was given a special thank you for all her hard work by Mike.

Children in Need funding has provided a salary for a project officer, supported by resources from other funders. We are planning to expand Green Pathways and roll it out to new areas so that more young people can benefit from the therapeutic atmosphere and improve biodiversity in their local area.

The short film will be featured on The One Show on BBC 1, 7pm Tuesday 2nd November.

Find out more about the project at www.froglife.org/greenpathways

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