iPLANit KIDS is a non-profit organisation that was set up in 2014, it has taken over 120 children on trips to Bird Reserves, A Hedgehog Sanctuary, Bee Hives and Birds of Prey feeding and flying experiences.
We currently have no funding left and with this crowdfunding appeal we hope to inject fresh new ideas into more trips for the next three years.
The video we have featured is just one of the trips we do as part of our journey to bring education to the younger people within our community and now we are looking to raise money to keep the idea going.
Your money will go towards new trips we hope you will make possible and businesses can even sponsor a whole trip or part of a day out. As part of this sponsorship, if they wish, the business can have a promotional video made in the process for their own website free of charge by our cameraman Colin. He has recently done one for Wilsons Flooring Specialists who sponsored us for our last trip.
In 2018 we hope to visit a Wind Farm and educate the children by understanding how they are built, how they work and maybe even go inside a Wind Turbine.
Another idea is to visit a garden centre and open another Bee Hive using all our Bee Hive outfits, helping the children understand the importance of bees within our ecosystem. Then take a tour of the garden centre learning how everything all fits together and show the children how to get involved with gardening and growing their own plants/food.
This was our trip to Ness Gardens last year and we saved up and bought all the children Bee Hive Suits.
Some of the trips we have planned, we would like to take children who don't really go out of their local area and take them on Treasure Hunt in the City Centre. By giving them tasks to find points of interest to hunt and find out information from clues provided by each Team Leader’s map, they will have to ask the local policeman directions to places, ask a grocer if they can weigh some fruit for a customer, take photos of cultural things and iPLANit volunteers will explain their history to the children whilst gaining points as they go.
We hope the hunt will feature on the local radio station and hopefully bring local education as well as confidence into isolated children's lives and there will be educational prizes given out at the end with every child taking something away at the end of the day – even if it is small.
We'd love to go on another Bird Reserve trip to Leighton Moss and see what new things have happened since our last visit.
Here we are at Leighton Moss in 2015.
We would like to spend more time at the HedgeHog Sanctuary we visited this year, we didn't get much time as we like because we were late leaving the Birds of Prey feeding and flying experience in Knutsford.
Here we are with the Gauntlet staff and the iPLANit KIDS Volunteers Karen and Jean.
iPLANit - stands for PLAN - LEARN - AND - NETWORK.
We want to do educational activities that stick, teach children something memorable, subjects to do with the planet, environment and show them how small things can make a big difference. We want to show them how the world around them is fun and endlessly excitin,g so they will want to share these experiences with their friends and learn a whole lot more than just watching things on television.
Feedback from parents confirms that inspiring their children to become Life Scientists at school is a great idea. Our hope is to steer them away from a life on the streets and inspire them to find nature and environmental topics an alternative subject to study at school and perhaps even follow as a career, rather than go through the system waiting to be told what to do when they are due to leave education.
We hope Crowd Funding will generate enough interest to keep the idea going and we can help create new and young Life Scientists within local communities across our region.
Just so you know - Each trip we organise costs anything between £300 - £1,500. This is for approximately 30 children to go on a trip out - once or twice a year, including all transport, insurances, Method and Risk Assessments, food and personal protective equipment.
We don't have a payroll and every penny goes towards the trip entirely and our volunteers ensure all children are supervised at all times to ensure we are all safe and sound.
Thank you for your time and please visit our iPLANit Kids Facebook page for more videos. We hope you will pledge something today.
Thank You for reading and please join in our journey today - your pledge will make a difference.