The Doorstep Mile – Supporting young people in the great outdoors wellbeing

Ireland, 16-20 September

This residential training course will take place from 16th– 20th September 2022 in Ireland. It is designed for young/youth leaders 18+ looking to develop skills and knowledge in the principals and methods in the use of the outdoors to support wellbeing and how they might be used in the delivery of youth exchanges. You will learn how youth exchanges can support young people in taking the doorstep mile. In the context of this training course, we will explore the use of the outdoors as a structured learning experience of nature connection towards wellbeing.

This training will focus on integrating nature and the outdoors into your youth work practice:

  • To explore outdoor programmes using nature connection principles and their potential to provide positive physical, social, and developmental outcomes for young people.
  • To look at outdoor activities such as forest walks & spending time in nature in an engaging way to support wellbeing such as mindfulness, reflection, building resilience and creative practices
  • To develop practical skills in using nature connection principals and how would you apply them to achieve learning outcomes and how these can be incorporated into Youth Exchanges
  • To support youth workers in understanding how to develop inclusive and sustainable outdoor programmes that have a positive experience for all young people
  • To gain a better understanding of Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges and develop relationships with peers involved in similar youth work across Ireland.

Target Group:

This training course is aimed for participants residing in Ireland, who are involved in youth work locally, nationally and/or transnationally. It is open for participants above 18, motivated to explore the topic and its possibilities for their groups. Peer leaders especially welcome.