by Venture Out
Target Group: young kids, average age 4 and their parents
Impact: 3 – 4 hrs, 8 days
Venture Out delivered eight family nature day experiences with families and children referred into us through local social care services operating across the region.
Each day experience involved a Venture Out guide meeting the group in a local green or wooded area to undertake a range of fun, social, educational and active nature based activities.
Where did the activities take place?
Each of the sessions took place in the west of Ireland in the counties of Galway and Mayo.
When did the activities take place?
The 8 sessions took place over a 4 month period from July 2023 until October 2023.
How many days and hours per day of physical activity were included in the activities
Each experience lasted approximately 3 hours.
How many participants took part in the activities?
Over the 8 experience days, venture out engaged 92 participants
Describe the target group that took part in the activities
Venture Out worked closely with our social care organisation partners on the ground in the region to identify the families most in need of an experience of this nature. We worked with these partners to engage community based parent and toddler groups, women and children linked with domestic violence services and we worked with our local homeless support service to offer families engaged in their service an outdoor experience.
We targeted parents and early years children (1-6yrs) although we had a number of older siblings join the group sessions (6-12yrs).
What was the average age of participants?
Children engaged in the experiences were average aged – 4yrs, Parents were in their 40’s.
What was the physical activity level of the participants?
Each session was delivered outdoors in a community based green or wooded area. Participants would nromally walk approx 500m to get to the base and then they would be active for approx 2-3hrs depending on how long they stayed and how mobile and active their children were.
How many boys/men?
31 boys / 8 Men (Dads)
How many girls/women?
26 girls / 27 Women (Mums)
Money received from the Coalition in €:
What did you use the money for (guides, gear, accommodation…)?
All money granted was used to finance this project.
We delivered 8 outdoor nature based experiences.
Funding was distributed as follows
Guides x 3 per session – €450 (150 per guide)
Equipment and material costs per session €60
Travel costs – €50 per session
Project admin 10%- correspondence, project planning, programme design, insurance, misc
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Would you recommend applying for an #itsgreatoutthere grant?
10 out of 10
How useful would you say the support provided by the Coalition was to your project?
It was a fantastic support.
It helped us engage almost 100 participants from hard to reach cohorts.
We hope the connections and links we have made will help us continue this work.
Without this funding, these children and families would not have had the opportunity to have such a wonderful experience