Fields in Trust

Kick the Dust: Future Proof Parks

1st January 2018 - 31st December 2021

Engaging young people to preserve and celebrate their local parks and green spaces.

Between 2018-2021, Fields in Trust joined forces with green space charity Groundwork and The National Youth Agency on the 'Future Proof Parks' programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The project encouraged young people to join their local Friends of Park group and volunteer to preserve and celebrate the spaces that matter to the communities they live in and was part of a drive to get more young people involved in the UK's heritage. Future Proof Parks supported the following achievements:

43 Friends of Parks groups engaged

823 Young people from diverse backgrounds engaged

123 Young people retained as volunteers

Intergenerational mixing which supported skill exchange, confidence building, and social skills

The programme also generated a number of how-to guides:

Working with young people
This short guide will introduce you to working with young people and precedes the other resources in this series, which take a more in-depth look at specific topics.

Empowering young people
This guide provides tips and information on how to increase participation and support young people to have a say in their activities and in their wider community.

Including young people in your organisation
Find insights, tips, and tools to help you consult with and understand the concerns of young people.

Recruiting young volunteers
Discover tips for communicating with young volunteers, making the most of social media, planning a recruitment cycle, and organising engaging offline activities.

Working with other youth organisations
This guide provides information about different youth organisations to help you approach them and plan engaging sessions you can deliver in partnership.

Crowdfunding toolkit
Developed by MyParkScotland with Groundwork UK, this guide and accompanying workbook provides a comprehensive introduction to crowdfunding: what it is, what makes it different, and how to do it.

Whilst these guides focus on teenagers and young adults, you can find advice and guidance about working with young children outdoors from the respective Home Nations Play Associations: Play EnglandPlayBoard NIPlay Scotland and Play Wales.

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