Forest Schools

Forest Schools help primary school children build confidence, skills and a connection with nature through interactive outdoors activities.

Informaton icon Forest Schools help primary school children build confidence, skills and a connection with nature through interactive outdoors activities.

Location icon Bannerman Road Community Academy

Clock icon 1-2 hours a week, during term time throughout the academic year

Applications for volunteer assistants are now open.

Selection workshop on 4 February from 2-3pm

What is Forest Schools?

Forest Schools run at our partner school, Bannerman Road Community Academy. Throughout the session the children are allowed to free play in the forest area, getting involved with activities set up by the session leader at their own interest. An experienced session leader sets up the outdoors activities such as making playdough, cooking smores or gardening. Volunteers support the sessions, encouraging children to get active, work through challenges and connect with nature.

We work closely with the school and volunteers to support Early Years Forest Schools on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as Forest Schools for older pupils on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Assistants volunteer 2 hours a week at one of these sessions.


Volunteering with Forest Schools

Volunteering through Forest Schools is a fun and challenging experience. You may be looking to gain experience in working with young people, or you may just want to find a way to make a difference in the local community. You can do your bit to tackle educational inequality by adding capacity to schools who in turn can ensure all children get access to the exciting activities and opportunities Forest Schools provides.

Becoming an assistant

  • You must be a student at the University of Bristol.
  • You must complete an online application form and attend a selection workshop.
  • You may need a DBS and will need to complete online safeguarding training.
  • You don't need any previous experience! Just plenty of enthusiasm and an interest in making a difference to the lives of young people in Bristol.

Support

  • Forest Schools assistants are supported by the Bristol Hub Programmes Manager - I'll be on hand to answers you questions whilst you're volunteering!
  • Reasonable travel expenses to and from schools can be reimbursed.

Have any questions about the application process or need reasonable adjustments made? Please contact Lydia at [email protected] We are inclusive and encouraging of all University of Bristol students who want to volunteer, and welcome BME, LGBT+ and Disabled applicants.


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