Borders social enterprise Nature Unlimited has been awarded £33,688 from People’s Projects Fund – thanks to you!
For the 13th year, the Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and The National Lottery teamed up to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in their local area.
Nature Unlimited, based in Galashiels, fought off stiff completion to become one of only 100 finalists from thousands of applicants, and the only organisation in the Borders to be shortlisted.
And – thanks to the public who voted for the project – it was announced as one of just 60 winners across the UK.
The award will fund its Wild About Wellbeing programme for young people suffering from, or at risk of developing, mental health issues.
It creates a community for wellbeing, in a natural woodland setting, where the young people feel safe and where they get involved in various activities, while building their social skills, their emotional intelligence and their physical skills.
The aim of the programme is to increase young people’s wellbeing, through supporting them to build confidence, resilience and to be better able to manage relationships. Once a week, groups of young people go to the woods to form new friendship bonds and strengthen existing ones.
And they will participate in activities ranging from pond dipping, tree climbing, bushcraft skills and cooking on the fire to chilling out in hammocks and everything else in between.
They learn to tie knots and put up shelters, as well as foraging for wild food.
Jan Barr, Project Co-ordinator at Nature Unlimited, said: “We are delighted that we’ll be able to give much needed support to many more young people in the Borders. We hope that this funding will also lead to wider recognition of the impact of our work so that it can be sustainably funded in the future.”
Participants will be referred to the programme by schools and will begin next academic year. The funding is currently available for Peebles High School, Galashiels Academy and Hawick High School.
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