The University of East London (UEL) has selected the Wilderness Foundation to receive part of £100,000 in funding from its Civic Engagement Fund and London Scholars programme
Gail May, UEL’s interim Director of Civic Engagement, said, “We are delighted to be able to support… projects that will continue to build external partnerships, and offer our students the chance to develop their skills and understanding in a real world context.
“I would like to thank all those who applied for their interest and especially those who are giving their time to lead the successful projects.”
London Scholars projects are overseen by UEL’s Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business. Supported projects offer opportunities for students to develop their research skills while examining and addressing pressing problems in society.
Wilderness Foundation UK CEO Jo Roberts worked with James Beale from the University to develop a proposal that would provide training and accreditation for university students to become Volunteer Mentors. Over the course of the next year, they will spend time working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the community, as well as participating in a wilderness trail in either Scotland or Wales. The first student, Dominic Stevens, has just returned from the Angus and Douglas Estate south of Glasgow, where he supported delivery of a TurnAround Essex trail.