The #iwill campaign brings together hundreds of organisations from all sectors to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people, making social action a part of life for 10–20 year olds.
We have made pledges to the #iwill campaign to enable young people, wherever they live and whatever their background, to have access to social action.
This year we have focussed on our work with young rangers from the Peak District National Park and further afield, from the Eastern Moors Partnership and The National Trust at Hardwick Hall.
Anabel Cole, a Junior Ranger in our Marsh Farm group describes the work of the Junior Rangers:
"Junior Rangers is run by rangers and volunteers with a session once a month to help towards the conservation of the Peak District National Park. It gives young people the chance to be involved with nature and National Parks, and for me the sessions have provided me with a complete change from my normal environment, due to living near a busy city. I love how we can ‘muck in’ with a range of activities and be part of a global nature movement through the affiliation with the EUROPARC Federation."
To celebrate #iwillWeek 12-16 November 2018 we asked our Young Ranger groups to tell us what they have been up to this year. This newsletter, the very first, is full of their stories, written by them. In it you can find out about all the Young Ranger groups, including the Eastern Moors Partnership group who have been nominated for the UK National Parks Volunteer Awards.
If you are aged 11-18 and you would like to volunteer as a young ranger contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would also love to hear your views about living in rural areas (see the back page of the newsletter for views from 2 of our young rangers). If you are not so young (18+) and you’re interested in helping out with our young rangers we’d love to hear from you too.