The Midcounties Co-operative and Co-operative Energy have partnered with The Outward Bound Trust in a commitment to investing in the education of young people.
The Green Pioneers programme will see our organisations working closely with partner schools, in an effort to promote the Midcounties values of democracy, openness, equality and social responsibility.
The Green Pioneers is a unique programme which encourages young people to understand more about sustainability and how to live in a sustainable way – at school, at home, and in commercial environments. It is the only programme that helps people to understand not just the environment and our responsibility to look after it, but also the realities of being sustainable in the modern world.
By working with the programme and in partner schools, we aim to help young people see how the choices they make and the way they live can have an impact on the environment. Each element of the programme encourages self-sustainability, motivation, leadership and determination, principally through the one week residential course at the Outward Bound Centre in Aberdovey, Wales.
The impact of the programme is clear from the changes seen in each of the young people taking part. When reflecting on the course, one student from Walsall Academy in the West Midlands said “Once your mind is programmed to spot wasted energy, you start to see it everywhere.”
We will be completing further Green Pioneers programmes with Walsall Academy and Bishops Castle community College, Shropshire, in November this year.