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Opportunities Fife Partnership

Outdoor placements and Forest School Qualification

A jointly funded project with Fife Council Opportunities Fife partnership and Scottish Government.

 

We will encourage improved skills in education,estate and woodland management and more! An increased confidence and building self-esteem in a nature setting.

 

Improved teamwork and knowledge of the woodland environment, ecology, sustainability, conservation, restoration Forth, and safe working practices. Improved mental health and well-being. Developing key skills.

 

We have a variety of job roles to meet the needs and skills of a range of individuals. We strive to improve access for all. 

 

Who can take part?

  • Over the age of 16 - unfortunately we cannot accept anyone under the age of 16 for this project.

  • Anyone who would benefit from a volunteer placement to learn outdoor estate/woodland management/gardening skills.

  • Anyone looking to build their confidence, self-esteem and improve wellbeing in an outdoor environment.

  • Anyone interested in gaining an SCQF FOLA 4 (Forest and Outdoor Learning Award).

  • Those looking to overcome barriers to work.

  • Anyone who would benefit from support to move forward in life and achieve goals.

How can I get involved?

We accept referrals from organisations and self/family referrals for age 16+.

FOLA 4 Courses are 8 week blocks, each session 2-3 hours per week, groups of 10

Volunteer placement are on average 37 hours long with flexibility on how this is structured. 

Process

 

  • An initial meeting with our case manager which includes person-centred planning, goal setting and placement design.

  • Start your placement with support throughout from case manager and Ecology Centre delivery staff

  • On-going support and reflection

  • At the end of your placement - support and signposting for your next steps

For referrals and any questions contact Julia Walker our Case Manager on julia@theecologycentre.org and 01592 891567

When Can I Start?

We are open for referrals NOW!

Placements have started,

Project continues till March 2025.

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Jamie one of our Supported Volunteers mixing our compost all made on site

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