Further grants awarded

The Areti Trust has also agreed the following grants:

  • £12,206 for children from less well-off families to attend the Forest School Holiday Club organised by Larksfoot CIC
  • £25,925 to Arnside & Silverdale AONB for “Into The Woods” – a full-year programme for pupils from Chadwick School PRU.

Updates

  • Between June 2021 and March 2022, 875 schoolchildren from 12 local primary schools visited RSPB Leighton Moss, class by class, enjoying a day of discovering and learning about birds, minibeasts and what lurks beneath the surface of ponds. The Areti Trust is grateful to the Learning Team at Leighton Moss for connecting children with nature again after lockdown with such enthusiasm and heart.

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  • Junior members of the Lancaster Boys’ and Girls’ Club had outdoor day visits during half term. As is the tradition, it did rain, but that didn’t stop the enjoyment.
  • The Areti Trust recently awarded £2,750 to Skerton Community Association for 50 young people to go on a summer residential trip to an outdoor activity centre for a week.

New applications

Although things are still far from normal, it was heartening to receive applications for grants from organisations both old and new at the end of 2021. The trustees have decided on the following grants:

  • £4,000 to CEEP for outdoor activities during summer 2022
  • £8,100 to Lancashire Youth Challenge for outdoor workshops and challenges in spring and winter 2022
  • £5,320 to Arnside & Silverdale AONB for a half-term of outdoor activities with youngsters from a pupil referral unit
  • £2,500 to CancerCare for outdoor activities with teenagers affected by cancer or loss
  • £2,991 to Lakeland Arts for primary schoolchildren to visit Windermere
  • £2,720 to Stomping Group CIC to support a small number of children with extra needs to attend forest school.

More events

Lancashire Youth Challenge successfully completed their “Highest, Longest, Deepest, Darkest & Wildest Challenge” in August: canoeing the length of Windermere, climbing Scafell Pike, abseiling into the caves of Cathedral Quarry, a night of wild camping in a gale, and scrambling through the Yordas Cave.

Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are taking children from four primary schools to Silverhelme Scout Camp and Trowbarrow Quarry and working with them to produce a “serpent” of lanterns for the Light Up Lancaster event in November.

Ludus has completed a project with primary school children, taking them outdoors to look carefully at and learn about the plants and creatures around them. Back in school, the children’s creativity was developed by using art and physical movement to inspire a respect for the natural world.