Trust increases engagement with people from all backgrounds

The John Muir Trust has produced a booklet showing how the John Muir Award engages with people from a range of challenging backgrounds – fro

The John Muir Trust has produced a booklet showing how the John Muir Award engages with people from a range of challenging backgrounds – from prison inmates and ex-offenders to at-risk families and those with drug and alcohol addictions.

The eight-page document, ‘Inclusion, wild places and the John Muir Award’, highlights why such a range of people choose to use the Award, demonstrating that connecting to nature and wild places can help to improve well-being, build confidence and self-esteem, and offer hope for the future.

"The John Muir Award has opened up education for us. It is getting through to young people that are often a struggle to reach at school," says Alan King, a secure support unit teacher for vulnerable young people.

Over 300 organisations across the UK that are dedicated to supporting people who experience disadvantage are now using the John Muir Award each year. This is thanks to funding from a number of donors, including dedicated funding from the Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust in 2010*.

Kim McIntosh, the John Muir Award Scotland Inclusion Manager said: "We can’t thank our funders enough for enabling us to support such important work. It’s fantastic to be able to showcase it all in this booklet and remind people of the valuable role that wild places can play in delivering better quality of life.

“In the past four years, we’ve seen a 48% increase in the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds engaging with nature through the John Muir Award. We hope we can build on that and continue to support all those great organisations currently using the Award to help people from all backgrounds connect with wild places.”

The booklet can be read on-line or downloaded as a PDF file.

To find out more about John Muir Award Inclusion activity, and how to get involved, please contact Kim McIntosh, John Muir Award Scotland Inclusion Manager on 0131 554 0114 or kim@johnmuiraward.org

Thank you to our funders
A big thanks to all those organisations that have helped us develop our inclusion work. We couldn’t have done it without you. These funders include:

Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust
Garfield Weston Foundation
AMW Charitable Trust
Helen and Geoffrey De Freitas Charitable Trust
Russell Trust
Hamamelis Trust