4 August 2021

Students at YMCA Derbyshire’s college arm – YMCA Key College – are leading on a new project with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to design a ‘peaceful corner’ at Shipley Park for the community.

Students have been given a small plot in one corner of the park to transform into a wildlife sanctuary. The aim is to for these young people to learn all about nature and the benefits wildlife can have on our communities.

YMCA Key College provides opportunities for young people who have struggled with main stream education, and for many students this experience will be a first.

Julia Hodder, Head of Training and Education at YMCA Key College said:

“We are so grateful to George at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust for giving our students this opportunity. Learning about the local environment is something many have never done before.

Simply getting outside with their class mates, getting some fresh air and enjoying the outdoors is great mentally for them too. We can’t wait to see what their peaceful corner looks like at the end of their work.”

Hospitality and Catering student, Adrian, said:

“I really enjoyed the session at the park. I learned loads about pond dipping and different kinds of plants. I’m really looking forward to continuing the project, especially when we get to learn about building bird houses and putting them in trees!”

YMCA Key College are always on the lookout for businesses and organisations in Derbyshire to partner with. These partnerships enable young people to learn more about the world and enhance their skillsets for when they leave college and move to work or further education.

If you’d like to get involved, please email training@ymcaderbyshire.org.uk.