Myplace is an exciting five year-long project that aims to empower young people, aged 13-24, encouraging them to take action in environmental activity to improve areas for wildlife, communities and their own wellbeing.


Myplace: ‘Motivated Younger People Looking After Community Environments’

In partnership with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Myplace is reaching out to young people who may be experiencing mental health issues by offering regular ecotherapy-based activities at greenspaces throughout Preston, Chorley and East Lancashire.

These activities offer young people opportunities to develop new skills and increase their self-esteem, therefore building resilience and self-confidence, while also improving environments for local communities.

To find out more about ecotherapy and Myplace’s way of working, click here.

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By 2020, the Myplace project will

This project will:

  • Empower 1000 young people aged between 13 and 25, considered most at risk, to shape and deliver environmental enhancements in their communities
  • Help 1000 young people to feel healthier and we will be able to demonstrate the cost benefit for all that take part in activity, highlighting an alternative way to treat health issues using SROI methodology.
  • Ensure 1200 members of the wider community will be actively involved in making decisions and practical action to manage their local spaces leading to increased community cohesion, resilience and mentoring opportunities.
  • Improve 120 greenspaces located within urban neighbourhoods, that will demonstrate benefits for both people and the natural environment. The project will generate £120,000 worth of capital improvements for local community greenspaces. 

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Our Funders 

MyPlace is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by a consortium of eight organisations which is led by The Wildlife Trusts.

Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today - a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change.

Thirty-one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste.

This young, ambitious and capable movement is ensuring this generation’s voice is heard in the current debates around environmental improvements and a resource-efficient economy.


Myplace is receiving up to £671,309 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit


Contact us

Meet our highly qualified team by clicking here.

For more information on this project please contact Mike Winstanley, Senior Project Officer on:

T: 01772 872000

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