Welcome to Creative Sustainability CIC

Community resilience, sustainability and environmental projects

Our core values…..

  • Inclusion: ensuring inclusion of people with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those excluded from school and cared for young people.
  • Sustainability: encouraging personal responsibility for the natural environment, living and working more sustainably, developing knowledge and understanding of the issues.
  • Youth Empowerment: speaking up for young people, facilitating them to become more enabled, empowered and have a confident voice in their local and global community.

 

Our Projects

  • Access Bike finds, sorts and fixes second hand bikes and matches them to disadvantaged teenagers referred by secondary schools as in need. We mentor young people to lead the project and gain new business skills.
  • Creative Camping supports disabled and non-disabled teenagers to spend the weekend together four times a year at wilderness camps, encouraging self agency, positive risk taking, cooperation, friendship and inclusion.
  • Our World group meets once a month to discuss and explore environmental issues, sharing understanding with ‘Tiny Ted Talks’, expressing fears and ideas through creativity, discovering solutions and opportunities, together.
  • Youth Organisation Capacity and Confidence building help groups of adult volunteers and youth leaders to understand how to  include children and young people with difficult behaviour, disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Green Day gives secondary school students a carousel of hands-on experiential activities which allow them to explore sustainability, to take risks, work as a team, deal with ambiguity and solve problems together.
  • Future Now offers schools support and ideas to reduce waste, water and energy use, including student led initiatives, audits, shopping lists of actions, monitoring and evaluation tools, curriculum planning support.
  • Stroud Festival of Nature schools and youth strand is a new partnership with local organisations including National Trust, Plantlife and Cotswold Conservation for an outdoor activities programme for schools over a number of weeks each year.

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The staff team is exceptional. They are not only good hands-on practitioners but they think deeply and reflectively about what they do, how they do it, and how it fits with their clear cooperative, sustainable and inclusive ethos. They are deeply committed to young people’s wellbeing, with feedback from parents and young people themselves consistently positive about the care, fun and thoughtfulness they bring to their work. They have eagerly embraced the new challenge of opening up their activities to disabled young people as a natural extension of their core philosophy. This is not different work for them – simply the same work with some more young people.
It is a big step for parents that their disabled children should go away from home, especially with a non-disability-specific organisation, but Creative Sustainability manage this new experience sensitively for all who join them, leading to trust being placed in them by young people and parents/carers alike. Self-confidence and friendship, arising from successfully addressing new challenges together, are frequent outcomes of their work.
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6 days ago  ·  

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Here it is - the programme for the youth strand of the Stroud Festival of Nature. Please contact us for more details or look on the website. We are taking bookings now.

Arts in Nature for youth groups and young people aged 14-20. Saturdays and Sundays 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st May.
£5 per head including all materials, lunch and travel

Exploration and response to the natural world, through photography, drawing, sculpture, written and spoken word. Guided by photographers, artists and nature experts we'll be finding new places to explore and call our own, watching, seeing and spending time with nature. Art works will be chosen and framed for the Festival of Nature Art exhibition at the Sub Rooms from 12th June.

Art in Nature for primary schools.
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th June.
£3 per head including all art materials

Inspired by flowers and natures marvels we will experiment with different materials: pastels, watercolours, inks and pencil. Looking particularly at the work of Botanical artists but also more abstract artists we will make paintings and sketches in mixed media towards a finished and mounted piece. Art works will be chosen and framed for the Festival of Nature Art exhibition at the Sub Rooms from 12th June.

Greening Day for secondary schools.
15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th June.
£900 for typical cohort of 120 students, including all materials and plants plus follow up resources pack

Carousel of practical hands-on workshops to include Bird and bat boxes construction, Wildlife friendly garden planting,Environmental web construction, Bees and pollinator exploration, Bug ID and a site specific Habitat Survey - improving schools sites' biodiversity and providing models of nature based learning and demonstrating benefits. Includes a locally focused follow up resources pack for teaching and non-teaching staff, ideas and local support contacts for follow up projects and campus development.

Woodchester Nature Exploratory for primary schools.
23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th June.
£5 per head including snacks and drinks and NT '50 things' booklet.

Set in the wilds of Woodchester our exploration will take us through the woods in to the world of bats and birds, bugs and badgers. Led by the experts activities can include birds of prey and bats observatory, tree identification, climbing and den building, wild art and bushcraft skills. All children will be given the National Trust '50 things to do before you're 113/4' booklet and record their day's activities.
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4 weeks ago  ·  

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More good news! We've just won a grant for the Festival of Nature which will allow us to do loads of lovely stuff, particularly to help secondary schools improve the biodiversity on campus, supporting wildlife and creating outdoor learning spaces. VERY excited! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

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