I provide educational outreach for schools and youth groups, particularly around Climate Change awareness. I regularly visit schools to deliver fun, interaction and educational workshops and assemblies about Climate Change, the Rainforest and Deforestation for my host charity, Size of Wales. I have a background in teaching and have been involved in environmental and outdoor education for over 20 years. I provide CPD on teaching about Climate Change for primary school teachers. I also run forest school groups for children and adults and have a lot of experience of training and empowering volunteers, including parents/carers, grandparents and young people to make a difference.
Why are you drawn to this area of work and/or how have you helped community groups take their first steps to action in the past?
When working with schools through Size of Wales visits, I often feel that many could and would do more with the right support. There is often a committed eco-coordinator or a group of children who are really keyed up about the environment and want to improve awareness of Climate Change or make a difference in a specific way. One school I visited were passionate about reducing plastic bottles in their school. I encouraged them to use their ‘people power’ to spread this message further. When I returned to visit the school later in the year, I heard from a group of students who had been on a school trip and found the amount of plastic water bottles they were offered excessive. On their return to school they wrote to the centre to express their feelings. They had been empowered by Size of Wales campaigning message and were well supported by their teacher, who had also attended a Climate Change teacher training session with me. Another school wanted to make a connection with a school in Uganda. I put them in touch with a twinning charity and then arranged an apple tree planting session with them with support from another charity partner. Their twin school also planted some fruit trees. The two schools were planning to compare their growth to help the children understand how different climates affect growing conditions.