Are you in a youth group that is already doing great things for the environment or perhaps is trying to put together a green plan but hasn’t yet been able to get it off the ground?
Either way, come along to the Devizes Corn Exchange on Friday 20 February where from 9am to 3pm you will be able to find out how to help your youth group take environmental action to a higher level. Booking is essential by 6 February.
Young people from GYGSAW (Green Youth Group Swindon and Wiltshire), are holding a workshop that will encourage everybody to share their green dreams and information that they can then take away and build on. The workshop is aimed at young people aged 15 to 25 years and youth workers.
The workshop will also provide training in the greENGAuGE Scheme, a toolkit that rewards youth organisations for taking environmental initiatives. It has been devised by GYGSAW, which is supported by the Wiltshire County Council Services for Young People and the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
“We don’t want the environment to be seen just as an added extra,” says Becky Holloway, 19, from Calne and a GYGSAW member. “greENGAuGE supports young people who are exploring environmental issues in all sorts of ways such as dance projects, food evenings and even sport. The scheme will identify the fantastic things young people are already doing for the environment and provide opportunities to build on this.”
The scheme provides certificates to reward different levels of action within youth organisations and resources such as new project ideas, debating cards and green games. At the workshop young people will be trained to act as advocates for greENGAuGE in their youth organisations and to assess green ideas and progress.
The Trust’s Environment Youth Work team leader, Felicity Harris says: “greENGAuGE is about taking note of what people are doing, pulling them together, combining their information and using it to build further environmental action.
“Training to be an assessor would be a real bonus for any young person seeking a job and will look good on CVs. They will learn communications and listening skills, how to give feedback and support their own youth organisation in devising a one year green action plan,” she adds
grENGAuge can support organisations with their own badge schemes. One 17-year-old Girl Guide form Wootton Bassett, Sam, says: “I have seen greENGAuGE and think it will really support what we do in the Guiding movement, yet without causing additional workload.”
The scheme was developed through consultations by and between young people and youth workers and with critical appraisal from the Centre for Research in Education and Environment at the University of Bath.
Workshop places are limited so please book by 6 February by calling Felicity Harris on (01380) 725670, email email@example.com.
Pictured above right are GYGSAW members at Brownsea