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Inclusive Volunteers join Young Voices

Volunteers from Community Integrated Care’s Inclusive Volunteering Programme are proud to be taking part in a nationwide project – Young Voices for Nature – established by WWF, the RSPB and the National Trust, as part of the Save our Wild Isles campaign.

Volunteer, Jake, high fives a teammate at Young Voices workshop.Young Voices for Nature is run by World Pencil, who support young people to run creative change-making projects.

The project sees volunteers join a storytelling community and take part in skills development workshops in change-making, film-making and story-telling to support ideas on how we can all make a change for nature. Participants will also create a series of short films that support and inspire other young people to take action too.

Inclusive Volunteer, Jake Lindsay, and our charity’s Sports Inclusion Assistant, Matt Price, are amongst a number of successful applicants to the project and have taken part in workshops over the past couple of weeks.

Volunteer, Jake, films outside for Young Voices

Speaking of his experience, Jake said, “It has been brilliant to be involved in the Young Voices project. I have learnt so much about film-making and story-telling – and lots of other new skills too. I am really passionate about nature and the environment and I also love media so this was a dream project for me to take part in. I can’t wait to see the final videos!”

Community Integrated Care has also created a series of accessible guides and resources in support of the Save Our Wild Isles campaign, in partnership with WWF, the RSPB, the National Trust and Age Exchange. Including guides on creating Sensory Gardens for people accessing social care, getting creative with nature and walking for wellbeing, the free resources can be found here.

Craig Thomason, Partnership and Communities Manager, said, “We’re so proud of Jake and Matt for being selected for the Young Voices project. It’s fantastic to see them taking part, learning new skills and also putting all of their existing media skills, that they’ve learnt through our Inclusive Volunteering Programme, into practice.”

“As a charity, we are huge supporters of the Save our Wild Isles campaign and we were delighted to launch our free social care resources earlier this summer. We know how important it is to protect our wildlife and the incredible benefits that being out in nature can bring, especially for people who draw on social care. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of the Young Voices project and the impact that Matt and Jake both have, educating and inspiring more young people to make positive changes to support nature.”

You can find out more about the Young Voices project here.

All Photographs included are by World Pencil.

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