Actes engages in projects that promote the importance of environmental sustainability and the need for individuals to take responsibility for taking action and making improvements within their own communities.
One Planet Pioneers is a project which aims to develop the skills of young people through environmental projects. Middlesbrough based charity Actes Trust is working in partnership with Middlesbrough Environment City, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and Teesside University and a range of local organisations to deliver the five-year project which is funded through the National Lottery Community Fund's Our Bright Future programme.
The project will improve the lives of young people, aged 14-21 years, by enhancing their skills set and experiences through involvement in a diverse range of environmental activities, using the One Planet Living approach. Middlesbrough Environment City and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust will provide volunteering, training and apprenticeship opportunities, including nature conservation, cycling, and horticulture projects. Actes will help recruit young people to the programme and provide ongoing support to help participants make the most of their time on the programme. The project hopes to provide 400 places for volunteering in Middlesbrough and 24 apprenticeships, with a total of 30,000 hours of participation. 160 people are expected to progress to further training and 30 into employment through the project. To find out more, click here.