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We supported zero-waste Bristol delivery service Oat Float with a £5,000 grant through our Your Community Your Choice programme.

Part of the funding was given so Oat Float could run free environmental workshops in the local community.

One of the workshops that took place was a Children’s Forest School, in partnership with Bristol Forest School.

The forest school was for those aged between 5 and 11 - they enjoyed woodland games, marshmallow toasting, nature mandalas (pictured) and more.

All of the children who took part said they felt more belonging to their community and significantly more confident.

**Daisy Mummery, our Community Development Officer, said:** “These sorts of events are great, giving the opportunity for children to explore nature, develop confidence and get muddy!”

Categories: Case Study, posted on 12 Aug 2021

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Categories: General, Announcement, Case Study, posted on 30 Jul 2021

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*This writeup is the first in a series of articles we'd like to share about the different challenges we all face in school. In this issue, Maya Velani tells her story about living with ulcerative colitis.*

Hi my name is Maya, I'm in year 12 and I'm going to tell you about the difficulties I've faced going through high school with a chronic illness and how I've overcome them.

I have a condition called ulcerative colitis where my large intestine can get inflamed leading to frequent visits to the toilet and terrible cramps.
When I was diagnosed I found it hard to cope in lessons and missed a lot of work. This didn't help me as it stressed me out which made my condition worse.

On top of this I was put on steroids for a whole year which made me gain a lot of weight, this wasn't great for my self esteem as I was worried people were constantly judging me. I was nervous to use my toilet pass for the same reason. I quickly realised it didn't matter what others thought my health mattered most and people probably weren't judging me as much as I thought.

I was still however having bad days and getting stressed about being behind in work. This is when I learnt that I had to tell teachers when I wasn't feeling well so I would stop putting too much pressure on myself to be 'perfect'.

It was hard in the beginning and still can be sometimes but I've learnt to not worry about others opinions, to stop putting pressure on myself and to tell teachers when I'm having bad days. The last one is particularly important because sometimes telling others helps you feel better even if sometimes it's just a friend it will always help a little.

Categories: Case Study, Blog, posted on 30 Jul 2021

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#### Explore opportunities to get closer to nature through volunteering, education and training

There are a host of ways that you can support your local nature reserve, from visiting and joining events, to fundraising and volunteering.

Across the UK, the Wildlife Trusts care for 2,300 diverse nature reserves where wild plants and animals are protected - from ancient woodlands, lakes to urban parks. Nearly all of their nature reserves are free to enter and most people live within a few miles of one.

The Wildlife Trust’s offer a variety of ways of getting involved in their work, such as volunteering. Opportunities include community gardening, species surveying, plant identification and GPS mapping. You can even run Wildlife Watch groups, which enable young people to discover and explore their local environment. Volunteers carry out a huge range of tasks and it doesn't have to be outdoors - you can make use of your organisational, IT, administrative or financial skills too.

Discover more by visiting the [Wildlife Trust website](

## Explore more of our nature and wildlife case studies:
* [Learn how to provide food, shelter and breeding spots for wildlife](
* [Take action to build a wildlife-friendly garden](

Categories: Case Study, posted on 10 Nov 2020

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#### Watch videos to learn how to create small changes in your garden so you and your family can support British wildlife

The team of volunteers from the [Wildlife Garden Project]( are creating a host of inspiring and informative videos to help you create your own little haven for wildlife, right in your back garden.

You can get practical advice and information on Wildlife Gardening and learn new tips and techniques in their tutorial videos, covering a range of topics including:

Discover more by visiting the Wildlife Garden Project website or follow the team on [Facebook](, [Twitter]( and [Instagram](

## Explore more nature and wildlife case studies:
* [Create a wildlife-friendly garden](
* [Get involved and support your local nature reserves](

Categories: Case Study, posted on 10 Nov 2020

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