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During 2011, Epping Forest Field Centre provided 3,311 grant funded (subsidised) learner experiences through Winter Wonderland, Discovering Epping Forest project, Learning for Biodiversity project, Kids Fund and the Epping and Theydon Garnon projects.
Winter Wonderland Week, which was delivered for the 17th consecutive year in 2011, enabled 56 subsidised learner experiences for students with a wide range of special needs (supported by Epping Forest Centenary Trust and a donation from Felix Dennis through the Associates of Epping Forest Field Centre). WWW is a project giving young people with special needs the opportunity to enjoy forest-based learning activities free of charge. A top priority as an outcome for the project is to increase the opportunities for individuals and communities to improve their emotional and physical wellbeing through a range of outdoor learning experiences.
In July 2011, a group of children and teenagers from deprived areas of North Croydon were delighted to have the opportunity to visit Epping Forest Field Centre for a day of field work and adventure. This trip was subsidised by the FSC Kids Fund which provides financial support for groups of disadvantaged young people who would like to visit one of the FSC centres. FSC Kids Fund courses are made possible by the generous donations from FSC staff and members. £5 of every £15 annual FSC membership fee is donated directly to Kids fund. This year the FSC enlisted the help of Grace the Hippo to raise money for the Kids Fund. Grace travelled across the country in secret to various FSC Centres. Staff then guessed how far Grace had trekked. To view Grace’s journey to the various Field Studies Council Centres go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt_83s9c_2c&feature=youtu.be
To find out how to apply for a Kids Fund grant see
http://www.field-studies-council.org/supporting-you/applying-to-the-kids-fund.aspx or contact Anneke ([email protected]) for support in the application process.
The City Bridge Trust (CBT) funded ‘Learning for Biodiversity’ project got off to a great start this year, allowing new school partnerships to be founded with 6 primary schools in economically deprived areas of London boroughs Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
“It was the best and most amazing day of my life and it was the first time I have been to a forest and I completely loved it.” KS2 Learner
The Heritage Lottery Fund financed ‘Discovering Epping Forest’ (DEF) project continued through 2011 and is now in its final academic year. In the autumn term, Centre staff delivered module 1 for the final time with all 25 schools rating the programme in the highest category of a five point evaluation scale, suggesting that the formative evaluation process had worked well. Our teacher workshops also received 100% top marks.
Thanks to funding from the Epping and Theydon Garnon Joint Charities through the Associates of Epping Forest Field Centre, we were able to deliver two ‘Family Biodiversity Drop in Days’ for families from these Essex parishes. Evaluation data shows that ‘overall’ enjoyment received a 100% rating in the highest category on a five-point scale.
Throughout 2012 the Centre will continue to utilise external funding to reach a wide range of audiences. Staff will work with people from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as different age groups. If you know someone who could help to fund a course or project please contact the Centre on 020 8502 8500 or email [email protected]
Tuesday, January 24, 2012