Case study: Action for Conservation
Action for Conservation is a UK charity using pioneering approaches to inspire and empower young people, between the ages of 12 and 18, to become the next generation of nature conservationists. They believe that a passion for conservation can flow through anyone’s life, whatever their day-job, and work to inspire today’s young people to a long-term belief in the wonder of the natural world, which will shape their dreams and actions however their life turns out. Their approach is defined by five core values: diversity, wonder, hope, action and change.
The charity works with young people from diverse backgrounds across the UK through their three core programmes: termly WildED secondary school programmes supporting students in delivering local conservation projects that positively impact biodiversity; Conservation Camps which give smaller groups transformational experiences in nature and work in more depth to build the youth environmental leaders of the future; and an Ambassador Programme of mentoring, support, events and training, empowering them to lead change in their own communities and become powerful youth voices for nature nationally. They have also recently launched ‘The Penpont Project’ on a 2,000-acre estate in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, which is the largest youth-led nature restoration project of its kind, in an effort to restore habitats and ecosystems and create a global gold-standard for youth leadership in the environmental sector.
In October 2017, the Swire Charitable Trust awarded Action for Conservation an unrestricted grant of £45,000 split over 3 years to support the charity’s mission to create the next generation of conservationists.
|Date awarded:||October 2017|
|Length of Award:||36 Months|