posted on 21/12/17
Working exclusively with young people aged 12–18, via workshops in deprived inner-city schools and on residential camps, they help to fill a significant gap in provision in the UK – there is otherwise very little in the way of conservation education for young people in this age range.
AFC works with young people from diverse backgrounds, offering them the opportunity to connect with nature and participate in conservation, which is something otherwise unavailable to many of them. They also seek to build confidence, and develop leadership and teamwork skills – empowering young people to create change in their own communities. Their activities are already yielding impressive results for thousands of the young participants – one of the ‘stars’ of their programme now leads workshops in her own school, has spoken at an international conservation conference, and joined AFC’s board of trustees.
It is so important to MRT that we support these kinds of projects, as through the education they provide today, we can help to protect our destinations long into the future.
By May 2018, we are aiming to raise £3,000 to fund four places on one of AFC’s summer schools. Help us by donating on our Virgin Money Giving page and MRT will match your donation up until we reach our target.
On the 19th December, the MRT Christmas Choir entertained the commuters at Gunnersbury Station with a mixture of traditional carols and Christmas songs.
They collected £200.46 for Save the Children and £87.22 for Action for Conservation – which MRT will be matching, to double the total to £174.44.
Main photo: ©Action for Conservation