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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Turn Around Project Information Evening

The Wilderness Foundation UK is holding an information evening about it's innovative, long-term programme to support troubled teenagers - the Turn Around Project.

Parents, carers or professionals interested in putting young people of 15-17 years of age forward for the programme are invited to attend, along with any individuals who believe that they would be an eligible candidate for Turn Around.

Turn Around pulls together the power of nature, voluntary work, environmental projects and life coaching to support young people willing to work towards a positive future. The project runs for nine months and has recently finalised the team of volunteer adult coaches who will work with the participants.

Volunteers will be giving a large chunk of personal time to the progamme and will spend time with the youths and guides in a remote wilderness area on the Isle of Mull in November. In addition, they will work with their allocated protege on a weekly basis helping and encouraging them to make positive changes in their lives, take responsibility for themselves and to develop an attitude that if you want to do something badly enough you can get there in the end.

The coaches are all local people (Turn Around is running in the north of Essex during its pilot phase) with a deep sense of commitment to youth, the community and positive futures. Asked individually about their life philosophy some of the answers reveal the positive spirit with which they face the world - "I love learning new things"; "I believe that anything is possible in life"; "Happiness is what you make for yourself"; "I really enjoy being with young people"; "I believe we can all make a difference to the world in making it a better place". All coaches will be given intense training and support in life coaching, child protection and working with young people.

Project Manager Edward Charles:

It is evident that a project is only as strong as its parts and the calibre of the coaches is a strong indiciation of the commitment by Turn Around to create a more positive community and support young people with the many diverese problems they face today. They are all people with a brilliantly positive attitude to life which is infectious to all who work with them".
The information evening takes place in Chelmsford on Tuesday 4th September between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For further details or to book a place for the information evening telephone 01245 443073 and speak to Eddie or Sue or alternatively email info@wildernessfoundation.org.uk.

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