City Leaders: Keeping it Wild

An inclusive social action project providing opportunities for young people to engage in conservation

Keeping it Wild is a new programme funded by Heritage Lottery Fund that brings the youth and conservation sectors together to provide exciting opportunities for young people to engage with and protect the capital’s wild spaces.

London Youth has joined a consortium of organisations led by London Wildlife Trust to deliver a three year programme that will inspire hundreds of young people to visit London Wildlife Trust sites and then take part in social action projects to raise awareness and take practical action to protect wildlife in their own communities.

How does it work?

London Youth is working with its members who will each work with groups of young people who traditionally are not engaged in conversation or heritage work. Using our proven City Leaders progressive social action model, Keeping it Wild will take groups of young people through progressive stages, starting from where they are at, and challenging them to further their skills at each stage:

Wild Action Days

During October half term, young people aged 11-16 and youth workers from London Youth’s membership will take part in ‘Wild Action Days’ – held at London Wildlife Trust sites – to introduce them to their local wild species and habitats and give them a taste of urban conservation.

“I think that the group would probably rank the Wild Action Day in their top two most enjoyed days out with the club.” Youth Worker, Lewisham Irish Community Centre

Wild Action Day in Sydenham Hill Wood

Team stage

Young people will decide on the conservation issues that matter to them and be supported to run an activity that will help bond the team before progressing to deliver their own social action projects.

Club stage

Teams will be supported by London Youth to deliver projects that protect, and raise awareness of, local green spaces. This stage will involve other young people and will have a positive impact on conservation.

Community stage

Young people will then be supported to deliver their own social action project that has a positive impact on the community and their local green space. They pitch for the resources and support needed to deliver the project at pitch event at an external venue.

As they develop their own social action projects, young people will gain vital skills such as team work, budgeting, public speaking and well as building their confidence in working on environmental issues.

What else is involved?

An additional offer as part of Keeping it Wild is the opportunity to gain a John Muir Award from the John Muir Trust to help structure young people’s learning about nature as well as receive journalism training with Headliners to document their experiences whilst working on their projects.

I’m a London Youth member, how can I get involved?

Applications to take part in Keeping it Wild are currently closed however the programme is being delivered across three years and applications will be open to London Youth members in summer 2019.

If you are in individual young person aged 16 and over and would like to take part in Keeping it Wild by running your own social action project then please visit the V-Inspired.  To find out about the wider opportunities of Keeping it Wild please visit London Wildlife Trust’s site.

If you’d like to register your interest in taking part or would like to learn more about the project, contact Robbie Cheyne, Youth Action Delivery Officer – Robbie.Cheyne@londonyouth.org