Celebrating our first WorkWild cohort

Thanks to funding from the Princes Trust, Myplace and The ADAB Centre have teamed up to support young people from Bury's BAME community get closer to nature.

Myplace and The ADAB Centre's WorkWild project has been helping participants to gain new skills which will aid them in their journey to employment.

The project acknowledges one of the key aspects to gaining and retaining employment is having good wellbeing. By working with participants to help connect them with nature through virtual and onsite green wellbeing sessions, WorkWild aims to equip participants with inspiration and knowledge as well as the confidence to utilise the opportunities nature provides, in order to manage wellbeing.

WorkWild has just completed its first 12 week programme with the first cohort of young people. As part of the programme, participants had the opportunity to gain insider knowledge of the Green Sector, the variety of job roles the green sector provides and how to go about gaining employment within the Green sector. The young people hosted a virtual ‘Green Panel’ event where they invited professionals from The Wildlife Trust to speak openly about their employment journey’s and answer questions around employment within the green sector, posed by both WorkWild participants and other invited young people.

The programme also provided the opportunity for participants to gain various AQA accreditations, relevant to any job. One of the AQAs achieved, guided participants through the process of planning and delivering their own green space challenge project. Inspired by the Wildlife Trust's Action For Insects campaign, the group decided to inspire their neighbours to join in with being part of nature’s recovery by delivering UK native wildflower seeds and informative leaflets to houses on their street.  

During the 12 weeks, I noted all participant’s confidence starting to flourish and with that, their energy and passion shone through. I wish them all the best of luck with their next steps.
Jenni Lea
Myplace Senior Project Officer

Jenni Lea, Myplace Senior Project Officer said: "I was so impressed with the groups creativity and ambition when designing their Green Space Challenge project. The idea to create a wildflower network in their neighbourhood was inspired by a discussion around the importance of nature, the challenges its facing and Nature Recovery Networks

The group loved the idea of creating a wildflower network in their neighbourhood and thought not only was it great for wildlife, it would also help people feel connected to other people, and therefore less lonely during lockdown - a project everyone could be involved with safely.

During the 12 weeks, I noted all participant’s confidence starting to flourish and with that, their energy and passion shone through. I wish them all the best of luck with their next steps."

For more information about the WorkWild programme, please contact Qurat either via Email: admin@adab.org.uk or Phone: 0161 764 6749.