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The Youth Outdoor Experience (YOE) Project

What’s it about?
The YOE Project is an exciting 3 year project (November 2007 – November 2010) run by Suffolk Wildlife Trust and funded by Natural England (NE) as part of their Green Exercise initiative. 

The programme aims to engage and inspire young people (11-18 year olds) who will benefit from being active through taking part in fun and stimulating outdoor activities.  The 12, once weekly sessions last approximately 2 hours and run in local community spaces and on nature reserves.  Activities range from practical conservation tasks to carrying out wildlife surveys as well as outdoor cooking, shelter building and environmental art projects.

Each group of approximately 10 teenagers are referred to the YOE Project to give them the opportunity to learn new skills, take part in activities that they would not normally have access to or be interested in, to improve their health and to connect with their local environment.  They are young people who benefit from being in small groups away from the school environment.  One of the many outcomes hoped to be achieved is improved self esteem and confidence resulting from increased physical and mental health.


We need project volunteers...................................
As aYOE volunteer you will be a valued member of a small friendly team, led by the YOE Project Worker.  We would encourage you to be involved in an area/s that you feel comfortable with and based on your interests, experience and skills.  To become a YOE volunteer we require that you have a professional and friendly attitude towards the young people and other volunteers, be relaxed and have enthusiasm to be part of this innovative Suffolk Wildlife Trust project.

YOE Project volunteering details

Work base: Carlton Marshes Education Centre and nature reserve, other SWT nature reserves and green community spaces in and around Lowestoft.
Hours:   Flexible
Responsible to: YOE Project Worker, Suffolk Wildlife Trust

You do not need to have any specific skills or experience.  However, some interest in any of the following would be useful:  Gardening, hand tool use, practical skills, youth work or teaching experience, art and crafts, being outdoors, food and  cooking, wildlife and habitats.

The following areas are a guide to what you can get involved with:

Administration:  Office based tasks including, filing, photocopying, updating records, inputting figures onto computer system and taking messages by phone.
Assisting groups:  Provide positive support and encouragement to small groups of teenagers involved in physical, outdoor based activities.
Resource preparation and research: Research and/or create materials for use with groups with support and guidance from Project Worker. Prepare equipment.

In return for your time and commitment as a YOE project volunteer you will:

ball marker Gain on the job training and skills, including an induction to familiarise yourself with SWT policies and practices, particularly health and safety issues. 

ball marker Be part of a dedicated and friendly team of staff and volunteers.

ball marker Spend time doing something worthwhile for people and wildlife with positive spin-offs from seeing how the young people benefit from being on the YOE Project.

ball marker Be offered the opportunity to take part in specific education volunteer training days and social events.

ball marker Mileage costs are covered for travelling to and from sites at 15p/mile. 

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If you are keen to know more please contact the YOE Project Worker at Carlton Marshes Education Centre on 01502 564250 (Mon, Tues and Fri) or email: # or write toCarlton Marshes, Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, NR33 8HU.

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