Escape2Make held their Green Festival in Scotch Quarry today to showcase the creative work of young people on the theme of the environment. Lots of activities and an inspirational feel.
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.
Two more grants have recently been awarded for summer activities: one to Outward Bound and one to the Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs.
The Areti Trust recently made a grant of £2,000 to the KEY project to enable 20 young people to attend a residential weekend of outdoor activities.
- 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.
- 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.
During the last weeks of the summer term the Areti Trust has been funding visits to Leighton Moss for over 300 primary school pupils. It has been a pleasure to enable children to get out into the natural world again after the straitjacket of the last 18 months.
With the disruption to children’s education and social lives over the last 15 months, the Areti Trust is, exceptionally, stretching its criteria for awards at present. We are pleased to make a grant of £2,400 to Heron Corn Mill for summer projects for children and young people.
One of the projects that The Areti Trust funded last year (and which had to be adapted to comply with Covid regulations) was a project combining the natural world and dance. A team from Ludus Dance worked with children from Ryelands Primary School to create an activity about autumn and the changing colours of the trees and landscape. The children took part in a walk around the local park, where they were shown how to identify different types of trees and explored their qualities and potential.
The project also highlighted the importance of preserving and looking after our local wildlife, and the topics of plastic pollution, pollinator decline and local walks for the children came up in all sessions.
For the Areti trustees it was a pleasure to watch a video clip of the children dancing as trees or as butterflies and to sense their delight in the project. The project resumes with Ryelands next month; Ludus will also be working with North Road Community Primary School in Carnforth this spring.
The Areti Trust is pleased to award a grant of £8,820 to Lancashire Youth Challenge for their summer activity: the “Highest, Longest, Deepest, Wildest Challenge”. This will see young people taking on the following:
- The ascent of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England
- Canoeing the length of Windermere, the longest lake in England
- An abseil into Longchurn Caves, some of the deepest caves in England
- A night of ‘wild camping’ atop of the fells.