Forest Skills (10-13)

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Who is it for?

Forest skills has two different groups:

Year of the Young Person Forest Skills (YOYPFS)

Year of the Young Person Forest Skills (YOYPFS) is a community outreach programme for 10-13 year olds who:

  • could benefit from Youth Vision’s supportive, experiential outdoor learning programmes.
  • are from four areas of urban deprivation (Wester Hailes, Calders, Saughton & Oxgangs).
  • are struggling to cope with a range of inter-related problems that affect their life-chances.

How does it work?

  • The project runs on a Friday after school from 12:30-16:00pm for 6 weeks in each area.
  • At the end of each 6 week block there is a celebration event inviting the local community, schools and parent/guardians to celebrate what the young people have learned and achieved.
  • A maximum of 12 young people to ensure we are providing a safe and nurturing learning environment.

Summer Holiday Forest Skills (SHFS)

This is an experiential outdoor learning programme for 10-13 year olds from South West Edinburgh which takes place during the school holidays in the woodland environments around Youth Vision’s base.

It aims to:

  • Improve the confidence, physical, social and emotional wellbeing of participants
  • Engage young people from areas of urban deprivation in the natural environment and help to improve their connection to nature
  • Offer support to families in the local community
  • Provide Volunteering opportunities for adults and young leaders in outdoor learning and youth work

How does it work?

  • The project runs from 10am – 3pm in the woods around our base in the Pentland hills
  • Minibus pick-ups and drop-offs are available from community hubs
  • 3 days in the Easter holidays
  • 2 x 3 days in the summer holidays
  • 3 days in the October holidays
  • The programme is free and lunches and warm drinks are provided