This project is a short-term, 16 day group EVS to which we will host 30 participants from six different countries. The main activities will take place at Leeds Music Festival – one of the biggest festivals in the country at which the capacity in 2014 was 80,000 people, and Tribfest, also in Yorkshire, UK. Volunteers will work alongside the Green Messengers during the festivals – a position that requires them to oversee the recycling of drinks receptacles and encourage other campers to recycle their rubbish by dispensing refuse sacks around the public campsites and creating recycling points for campers to be able to separate their waste. After the festival volunteers will be involved in the salvaging of good quality camping equipment that abandoned by other festival goers. This equipment is dried, sorted, cleaned and redistributed to local community groups, charities and local people in the days following the festival.
One of the main themes for the project is environmental awareness and participants will be surrounded by the green message both during the activities and at the training that they will receive at the start of the project. The underlying theme however will be that of inclusion. The activities are designed so that language will not be a barrier to any of the participants, which opens the experience to anyone regardless of their education or background and will be effective method of empowering disadvantaged young people to come together in an international context to gain non-formal experiences which will help to shape their future by boosting self-confidence and social competence.
South Parade Baptist Church, Leeds – “I’d like to say a huge thank you for running the salvage operation at Leeds Fest. The camping equipment we received from you has already ben used on our church youth camp over. We had a fabulous time”
Derbyshire Autism Services Group – “We’re absolutely delighted with the salvaged equipment that you and your volunteers were able to source for us. We are a small charity working with children and adults with autism in Derbyshire, many of whom find it very difficult to go on ‘traditional’ holidays so they and their families don’t often get to experience ‘normal’ family fun times together. Situated as we are, in Derbyshire, there’s endless opportunity for short camping breaks right on our doorstep so being able to offer our families the loan of this equipment, at short notice and for free, could mean the only chance they get for a holiday together, without spending a lot of money on a traditional week away that might end in disaster and in them having to come home unexpectedly when things don’t go as planned.”
Mama Africa Rotherham – “I would like to say a massive thank you to Everything is Possible for getting us the camping gear. The gear will go a long way to help in a project in Africa. Much much appreciated”