From nature to careers – what impact did Green Thinkers have?
Over the last year Real Ideas has delivered on Green Thinkers. Working with local organisations to provide learning activities and hands on work experience in green spaces, young people seeing growth beyond what they expected.
Social prescribed walks at the Eden Project and working with Pentreath – How Chloe began her journey and built on successful career development
During her time on Game Changer Chloe explored her options in the health and social care sector with Pentreath. She is now studying Criminology at university whilst working as a Health Care Assistant in forensic mental health and applying for a PHD.
Feeling more connected and confident – hear about Kira’s Green Thinkers experience
Kira, a graduate in Ocean Science and Marine Conservation, was having trouble finding a job in her field. She was interested in community engagement and nature connection, but wasn't sure how to begin.
Finding his path to success, how curiosity and being brave helped Tom navigate his way
Tom participated in Green Thinkers and as a result, he is now in talks with the National Trust to volunteer for a community forest school program. Currently, he has a full-time job and is applying for a master's degree in environmental management.
Green Thinker and Plymouth Natural Grid Kickstart - Holly's Story
After being directed to Real Ideas by the National Careers Service, Holly found out about Green Thinkers and jumped at the chance to start something different. This led to her starting her Kickstart role in which Holly worked 2 days a week with National Trust Rangers and Plymouth City Council Natural Infrastructure team.
“Game Changer picked me up off the ground and gave me the support I needed to explore amazing opportunities and skills I was too anxious to look at myself.” - Freya's Story
As of September 2022, Freya hosts a weekly Wednesday workshop with Helen in which she teaches how to use art as a tool for wellbeing through the medium of drawing, more specifically the style of Studio Ghibli.
How Game Changer persisted through a lockdown and used art to build confidence - Lucy's & Keith's Story
Keith first worked on Game Changer sessions a few years ago, with Real Ideas Organisation in their office in Liskeard. The idea was to engage young adults with drawing workshops, specifically using manga-related art.
“I would recommend the programme to anybody who is a little bit lost and needs support.” - Shane's Story
Shane joined the Compass programme in May 2022 and quickly threw himself into all that was on offer. Learning an array of new cooking skills as well as gaining an understanding of sustainable food practice.
City College Plymouth students knock it out of the park!
What started as a group of students coming together on a Friday afternoon to talk about ways to improve the college, became an activist college cooperative called College Roots Cooperative (CRC) where the mission is to support the growth of plants and people.
"It's great to work somewhere that really believes in your ability to succeed" - Cat's Story
Cat joined Real Ideas in January 2017 as a Marketing Intern delivering support to Talent Match, a project supporting young people in Cornwall to gain meaningful and lasting employment. "Working as an intern was a great way to get my foot in the door and start my career, I had previously worked in a marketing role but with little progression there so I was glad to find an organisation that could support me to learn new skills and develop" explained Cat.
"I’ve made years’ worth of progress in the space of 8 months!" - Avani's Story
Avani graduated from university in 2020 with a passion to combat the climate crisis, to be a voice for people who don’t feel heard and with bundles of enthusiasm waiting to be directed towards a goal. Yet Avani soon found herself on Universal Credit as she was unable to find work in the field she desired, despite having a few years of voluntary experience ranging in education, politics and science and conservation.
Meet Guinevere Horroks. Guinevere is currently loving her voluntary role at Cornwall’s Eden Project. And she is on a mission to learn as much as she possibly can about plants and all aspects of gardening with the aim of finding a future job in the gardening world.
Elle Heard is all set to sell her beautiful artwork including cards, prints and other items on Etsy, under her working name: Eleanor Louise Ashton. Elle’s talent lies in her taking inspiration from her travels and her home in Cornwall.