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29th March 2019

A group of first and second year students from across the College, all keen to get involved in conservation work, were thrilled to meet Catherine Ware recently.

Catherine speaks to students

Catherine speaks to students

Catherine works for the Avon Wildlife Trust and visited St Brendan’s to talk about the organisations’ ‘Our Bright Future’ project; a national campaign which has been developed to engage young people with their environment.

The fantastic initiative is aimed at students ages 11 – 24 years old and includes a wealth of opportunities and experiences for young people. The project includes a Youth Forum which is currently recruiting young people who would like to work alongside trustees to make changes to policies. Throughout the programme, students will not only have an opportunity to speak out about their environmental concerns, but will also be able to develop their skills and confidence, gain accreditation and mentoring.

The captivated audience also heard about the Avon Wildlife Trust’s Youth Volunteering Scheme for young people aged 14+. Volunteers are essential to the running of the organization; the trust is supported by a huge team of 400 volunteers. Catherine explained how students could be a part of the group who meet every Tuesday and Wednesday during the holidays and the third Saturday of every month. Recent activities have included learning to scythe and tree felling!

Students heard how they could also apply for a week-long work experience placement during the summer holiday. During this, they will visit various trust reserves and be given practical habitat management training, as well as developing teamwork and leadership skills. If you would like to apply please visit the career zone in Café Max for an application form, but do be quick as places are limited and fill up fast. If you would like help completing the form head along to a BioMed support session any Friday at 1215 in B208. More information about all Avon Wildlife Trust opportunities can be found on their website!