Learning Through Nature in Minority Communities

Wild things! is a Scottish charity based in Moray which seeks to overcome educational, social or economic disadvantages through contact with the natural world. Our education programmes and accredited courses have evolved over the past 14 years and to benefit over 13,000 students and carry out essential conservation work, protecting a variety of habitats in our region.

Our focus is to ensure that everyone, regardless of background, physical, mental or emotional challenges, feels confident to access and enjoy our wild and natural places. As a result of this we are delighted to announce that we have been successful in acquiring funding from Awards for All to support people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities to join us for free on one of our highly regarded leader training courses.

Wild things! Leader training qualifications were originally developed to embed skills for delivering outdoor learning with our partners. The courses offer in-depth, high quality, practical training in the essential skills and techniques required to lead outdoor learning activities, and are nationally accredited by the NCFE. We incorporate the expert knowledge we have built up over 14 years, and our courses are delivered by outstanding professionals with extensive outdoor education experience and a wealth of knowledge.

“This may well have been one of the most inspiring courses I have ever done. I can’t wait to get out and use this.”

Unfortunately, in Scotland, the outdoor industry is dramatically underrepresented by people from BME communities. We are hoping you might be able to help with changing this! The aim of project is to increase the numbers of people from black and minority ethnic communities in Scotland who experience improved health as a result of active outdoor recreation, and develop lasting connections with nature to sustain these benefits in the long term.

If you are interested in:

  • a) enabling people from BME communities to increase their knowledge and experience of outdoor recreation and conservation activities;
  • b) develop leadership skills and confidence so you can reach out to others in their community and encourage them to become more active and healthier through outdoor exercise and caring for their local green places.

Then our courses are just for you!

“These guys clearly know what they are about, if they can teach a city boy like me, then anybody has a chance. Loved every minute and can’t wait to share my new skills”

Participants will be able to choose from either our six-day Woodland Activity Leader Training or Coastal Activity Leader Training courses, and successful students will achieve an NCFE Level 3 Award.

More information about these courses and their dates is available on our Accredited Training page.

If you would like to apply to take part in this project, please complete the Application Form. Successful applicants will be offered;

  • A free place on a Woodland Activity Leader Training or Coastal Activity Leader Training course before June 2017 (Current price £450.)
  • An accommodation allowance of up to £35 per night for up to five nights.
  • A travel allowance of up to £90 to attend the course.