New Futures Academy: Bursary Fundraiser

by Chris Smith in Totnes, England, United Kingdom

£30

raised of £8,200 target
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by December 28th 2019 at 12:32pm

A student bursary fund to help us provide affordable and accessible short courses in ecological design for young people.

by Chris Smith in Totnes, England, United Kingdom

The New Futures Academy is a community based youth education initiative specialising in ecological design and awareness. We are based in South Devon, in the Totnes and Dartington area. Our courses are designed to help young people learn and create genuine solutions to the current climate and ecological crisis, whilst nurturing and enriching their sense of wellbeing in these challenging times. 

There is a huge demand and an important need for young people to learn practical solutions to climate change and ecological restoration. We believe there are currently not enough opportunities for young people to learn these practical skills. Whilst there are some fantastic courses and training opportunities available in the UK, they are mostly fee paying and unaffordable to young people with limited incomes. We want to make our courses affordable, and if possible free to young people age 15 - 21.

We are primarily focusing on raising funding for our 'Design for Life' course; a Permaculture Design Certificate programme specifically designed for young people. Our video explains a little more about this and introduces our Marina O'Connell, our lead tutor. You can also read more about the course here.

If we reach our funding target we will be able to offer the 12 day 'Design For Life' course free to 15 young people and also put £1000 in the pot to run a series of day long and weekend workshops; including: tree planting, rural crafts, landscape design challenges, eco-building workshops, nature therapy and volunteer days. We also plan to repeat of our popular 'Coping with Climate Change' workshop, which we will offer to local schools and colleges. 

Location:

Our courses will happen at a variety of inspirational sites in South Devon, including The Apricot Centre at Huxhams Cross Farm and The Glade on the Dartington Hall Estate (run by 'The Woodland Presents'). During 2020 we will be developing a permanent site at Little Barton, Littlehempston; some of our workshops and volunteer days will include design and practical work on this site. 

About us:

We have an amazingly skilled team of tutors, advisors and volunteers, led by Project Director Chris Smith. We have an extensive network of local sustainable enterprises offering learning experiences through field trips and work experience opportunities. Our advisory group also includes a panel of local young people who have very much helped to shape the vision and ethos of The New Futures Academy. You can read more about us here: http://www.newfuturesacademy.co.uk/

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A personal thank-you email and an invitation to one of our 'Contributors Open Evenings' (Food, informal chats, a presentation about the New Futures Academy)

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A personal thank-you email and an invitation to one of our 'Contributors Open Evenings' (Food, informal chats, a presentation about the New Futures Academy). Also a £50 voucher towards one of our short courses.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Signed Photographic Art Print by Chris Smith Prints are A3 & printed on archival quality Photo-Rag paper. Choose from my website (www.chrissmithphotographic.com) and send an email request with a screen shot of the image you would like, or visit my etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PhotoByChrisSmith?ref=seller-platform-mcnav)

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A personal thank-you email and an invitation to one of our 'Contributors Open Evenings' (Food, informal chats, a presentation about the New Futures Academy). Also, voucher for £100 towards one of our short courses.

£1,000 or more

£1000+ Reward

Permanent listing on our website as a sponsor of The New Futures Academy, with logo's included for corporate sponsors. Also, a signed limited edition photographic print from project director Chris Smith's 'Postcards from the Hedge' series. Visit http://www.chrissmithphotographic.com/ for details.


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