We launched the Environmental Academy back in June and have delivered 11 virtual sessions so far and our 25 young people will continue on the programme until November. Our cohort have come from across Liverpool City Region and all share a passion for how places can positively impact the environment and communities.
We kickstarted phase one with in-depth research and discussion around environmental activities, sustainable approaches to combat climate change and work with communities. Participants completed an independent design task linked to their local area before partaking in teamwork to plan their engagement campaign.
During the six virtual summer school sessions, participants collaborated in small teams to develop their designs further. They then planned a youth-led engagement campaign to gather feedback on what people thought of their design proposals and ideas on how to address key environmental issues and encourage sustainability in their local area.
The five teams launched their campaigns with the website http://www.placed-academy-2021.com serving as a platform to showcase their brilliant work and prompt feedback with its online surveys and interactive content produced by the cohort. 179 people have visited the site already which will remain live for the next three years – make sure you check it out!
Each week throughout August, a different group took over our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook platforms in an #AcademyTakeover day to spread their message across social media. The reach was impressive with some posts connecting with over 200 people! Participants also raised awareness and communicated their message by producing content for a screen at Liverpool Museum which displayed their work for 1 week in August.
We are now in the final phase of the PLACED Environmental Academy which will see our 25 participants take on the challenge of re-designing a town centre in Liverpool City Region. Across the next six weeks, they will work in small teams closely supported by our PLACED Ambassadors to develop ideas for how a town centre could be better designed for the people that live, work and visit there. They will assimilate the feedback they received from their community engagement to influence the direction they take with their designs, continuing to build on ideas that encourage and support the community to be more sustainable and address the climate crisis.
All sessions are generously supported by our Ambassadors, Partners and Sponsors who have shared their expert knowledge and experience of how design in the built environment can respond to climate change and have a positive impact on communities. We are extremely grateful for this generous support.
“2020 saw the launch of TEP’s Environment Grant, a fund established by the company to offer financial support to local activities that can further the environmental profession and raise awareness of environmental issues. This year TEP is proud to be supporting the PLACED academy, a fantastic organisation encouraging young people to help shape the world around them. TEP staff have been involved with the organisation for several years and have seen first-hand the impact the academy is having, which is why we are honoured to help with its continuing success.”
The Environment Partnership (TEP) is an award-winning consultancy, which provides specialist environmental services to clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Since being established in 1997, our focus has been on supporting sustainable development by helping to conserve and enhance the natural and built environment. We do this by utilising our experienced teams, who work alongside clients delivering valuable environmental advice through our core specialisms: Arboriculture, Ecology, GIS, Heritage, Landscape Design, Landscape Management and Planning.
Our teams have worked on over 8000 projects across the whole of the UK and Ireland, helping each of our clients realise their goals and the goals of the wider community. With over 140 staff dedicated to providing a high-quality personal service across our five offices in: Warrington, Gateshead, Market Harborough, London and Cornwall, we are ideally situated to support projects nationwide.
“We’re proud to be able to support the PLACED Academy and help equip young people with the skills they need to build successful careers. Training opportunities like this and our own in-house programmes are vital to ensure the housebuilding and construction industry has a skilled workforce for years to come.”
Anwyl Homes is a family-run business, established more than 90 years, renowned for its thoughtful approach, bringing care and integrity to all aspects of every project in order to exceed expectations and ensure complete satisfaction for customers.
Its Chorley-based Lancashire business was established in 2017 and operates across Lancashire and parts of Merseyside and Cheshire.
The homebuilder’s support for PLACED was via the voluntary Love From Anwyl community funding pot linked to new homes being built at Edenhurst Grange, Bowring Park, Knowsley. Other beneficiaries including Knowsley Foodbank and Incredible Edible Knowsley.
Anwyl was named Housebuilder of the Year at the 2020 NW Insider Residential Property Awards. The company also features in the latest Sunday Times PcW Top Track 250 league table, which ranks Britain’s leading mid-market private companies with the biggest sales.