The Milestones project connects vulnerable and marginalised young people aged 11-24 to their local, natural environment by offering opportunities to participate in practical activities and widen their knowledge and appreciation of local green spaces and nature reserves. The project has scaled up and replicated proven models of youth engagement activities and is leading to the creation of new and improved community green spaces.

What is Milestones?

Milestones aim to provide young people with the skills and knowledge to improve their local environment whilst raising aspirations and fostering a connection and sense of ownership for the environment. This approach has been shown to have beneficial effects on emotional and physical wellbeing, behaviour and social integration.

Training and accreditation is an integral component of Milestones and, alongside the wide variety of practical nature and conservation-based activities, training and accreditation opportunities are provided to enhance employability.

Who do we work with?

Milestones are working with young people with specific learning, social and emotional difficulties, those at risk of exclusion, young carers, young people at risk of, or not being in education, employment or training, young offenders and those engaged with the probation services. Reading University is evaluating findings to enable the sharing of long-term lessons.

Project outcomes so far:

  • 1,614 vulnerable and marginalised young people have a greater awareness and understanding of nature and their local environment, and improved self-esteem and aspiration
  • 343 distinct high-impact, young-person led environmental projects and programmes have been completed, including conservation work on nature reserves and the building of 16 community gardens
  • 470 individuals have achieved formal accreditations, and with this, the young people are more resilient, and better equipped and trained to be actively involved in improving and contributing to community green spaces and the green economy
  • 42 young people are trained and acting as Ambassadors to inspire others and lead future community projects

For more information

For further information please contact the Milestones Programme Manager, Rachel Bush on 07753 497351 or [email protected]  

Our Funders

Our Bright Future

  • Our Bright Future is an ambitious and innovative partnership led by The Wildlife Trusts which brings together the youth and environmental sectors.
  • This £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund is formed of 31 projects across the UK.
  • Each project is helping young people aged 11-24 gain vital skills and experience and improve their wellbeing. At the same time, they act as catalysts for delivering change for their local environment and community; whilst contributing to a greener economy.

Big Lottery Fund

  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We put people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. In 2016/17 we awarded £712.7 million and supported more than 13,814 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded £8.5 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust would like to express its gratitude and thanks to Wiltshire Community Foundation for the generous donation of £5,000 towards tools and clothing.

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