Wetlands project helps Newport's young people go green

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A new project based at Newport Wetlands aims to help young people discover wildlife whilst learning job skills.

Get Started with the Environment will teach photography, basic carpentry and wildlife care.

It promises to be 'muddy, fun and hands on', and focuses on team building activities to build confidence and self esteem.

The free five day course starting Monday is for 16-25-year-olds not in work or education.

It's being launched by the Prince's Trust Cymru with support from the RSPB and Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO).

Funding comes from the Engagement Gateway Scheme, a European backed initiative administred by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

Newport Wetlands reserve is part of the low lying land which stretches along the northern edge of the River Severn between Cardiff and Chepstow.

Its reed beds are a haven for curlews, reed warblers and bearded tits.

Sassy Hicks, Engagement Gateway advisor for Newport, says: "It's great to see European money used to help the young people of Newport in this way.

Newport Wetlands Centre Young people will get a chance to learn wildlife care at Newport Wetlands

"All too often, youth training courses can be a bit boring and lack positive outcomes.

"But by creating a fun learning environment plus using the expertise of the RSPB, we hope to encourage the young people of Newport to understand the unique environment here in the city while learning good skills to help them gain long term employment."

Project organiser Kam Aujla says: "The course will be fun, action-packed, with the opportunity to take a closer look at Newport's wildlife.

"The programme will help the young people to improve their teamwork, communication skills and to meet new people too.

"We will also provide three months support after the five day course has ended so that the participants can continue to benefit."

For more information and to book a free place on the course contact Kam Aujla on 07903375126

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