Ten students from Therfield School in Leatherhead had the opportunity this week to experience the Surrey Hills – Bear Grylls style!! The two day programme saw students undertake Forest School Survival Skills training which involved building shelters, camp fires and learning how to forage for food as well as outdoor team building. They also undertook a mountain bike course on Leith Hill, learning how to navigate the trails, understand the environment and work together.
The aim of the project was to offer a unique outdoor learning experience to young people who may not always get the opportunity, helping them to engage with the Surrey Hills countryside and to boost confidence and learning.
Gail Rennie from Therfield School comments; “This has been a fantastic opportunity for our students. They have enjoyed the whole experience and learnt so much from practical skills to pulling together to work as a solid team. They have all worked really hard and these new skills will help to benefit their learning back in the classroom environment.”
The two day visit was made possible by a grant from the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. The Fund, established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, aims to help local communities enjoy the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and safeguard its future for generations to come.
The programme was co-ordinated and led by the Leatherhead Youth Project, a charity launched in 2005 to provide much needed services for socially and economically disadvantaged young people in Leatherhead North. The project helps young people to make safe, happy, resilient, and positive changes in their lives and in their community.
Joe Crome, General Manager, Leatherhead Youth Project comments; “We were delighted to receive this grant from the Surrey Hills Trust Fund and work with the group of students from Therfield School. The programme we provided has not only been great fun but provided the students with new skills vital for learning and helped to boost confidence.”
Neil Maltby, Chairman of the Surrey Hills Trust Fund comments;
“We were delighted to award this grant from the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. It is so very important to engage young people with their local countryside. The benefit of outdoor education is immense from developing confidence to understanding the natural environment. I hope this programme has inspired these young people and that they carry this experience into their futures”.
The Surrey Hills Trust Fund will help to conserve and maintain the fragile environment of the Surrey Hills by awarding grants to support a wide-range of local projects from landscape conservation to community enterprise schemes.
Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey comments;
“The Surrey Hills Trust Fund is an exciting local initiative enabling local residents to donate now to protect and conserve the stunning natural landscape and help local communities to access and enjoy the Surrey Hills for generations to come.”
To donate to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, apply for a grant or for further information visit https://www.surreyhills.org/trust-fund/