Boost for North East England John Muir Award Provider

Positive Futures, a Northumberland based organisation working to develop life skills with vulnerable young people, recently celebrated fundi

Positive Futures, a Northumberland based organisation working to develop life skills with vulnerable young people, recently celebrated funding from the Northumberland High Sheriff Award.

The money will enable Positive Futures to engage with up to 1,000 15-18 year olds in outdoor bush-craft programmes using the framework of the John Muir Award.

Positive Futures operates locally across the South East coalfield area of Northumberland working with young people at risk of crime and disorder related issues along with drug and alcohol misuse. As part of its work, the organisation is contracted to deliver the National Citizen Service Programme over the next two years.

Paul Kirkpatrick from Positive Futures said: “The National Citizen Service is very keen that all young people celebrate what has being learned and achieved on our bush-craft programme – which fits perfectly with the John Muir Award ethos.

“Working with the John Muir Award has been a fantastic experience and I would recommend it to anyone engaging with people in the outdoor environment.”

"One of the young leaders working with Paul said: “Doing the John Muir Award made conservation seem really interesting. I learned a lot in a short time.”

Positive Futures works with the most vulnerable young people in Northumberland using a wide variety of activities such as leadership and outward bound courses.

Young people can be referred onto programmes by any professional agency. Key elements include: a clear focus on 10 to 19 year olds showing signs of disengagement; intensive targeted programmes and drug prevention work.

By engaging young people in activities, Positive Futures aims to build relationships between responsible adults and young people based on mutual trust and respect in order to create new opportunities.

For more information on Positive Futures email Paul Kirkpatrick.

More information on the National Citizen Service here.