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South Lanarkshire, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire


Case Study Imbewu Scotland South Lanarkshire, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire www.helpingithappen.co.uk
Case Study Imbewu Scotland Imbewu Scotland works with young people aged between 13-15 who come from remote or isolated rural communities and inner city areas.

The project is intergenerational and works with a range of partner estates to deliver a programme that educates about the value and opportunity for employment in the rural sector. This is done by meeting a range of estate staff from game keepers to rangers, or factors and managers of estates. Each young person also volunteers for a day on the programme, usually in some conservation activity but can also include working with live stock as required, and learns about the ecology, history and nature of that particular estate.

The heart of the programme is a three-day wilderness trail that includes learning about camping skills, respectful access to wild land, Leave no Trace ethics and also learning about valuing wild and green space for the future. The project has a strong personal development aspect and is researched by University of Essex for its proven outcomes of improved confidence and self-esteem, increased interest in working in the rural sector, increased connections to nature and interest in the outdoors, improved mood and hopefulness.

Post-trail Imbewu offers volunteering days, and where possible work experience. We have a pathway plan for all graduates and continue to work with an alumni group post Imbewu to keep them engaged and connected. Working on the programme is uplifting and inspiring and great to watch young people grow in passion and interest throughout the week, and their desire to stay in touch and seek out opportunities to work outside of cities in the countryside.

The partnership with the estates is key to the progress of the project and supports the estates in demonstrating their commitment to community engagement and opportunity. It is a win-win relationship with everyone gaining an advantage - but mainly young people who have opportunities that for some are the first in their life experience. For Imbewu it is having access to people who work on estates and are willing to share their life stories with others, having access to wild land to backpack through, and to have the endorsement of owners, funders and the forty plus schools engaged. The project is ambitious to grow into new areas in Scotland and to continue to build and stabilise the existing partnerships.
Scottish Land & Estates
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