Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is celebrating after support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery and extra funding from Police Mutual’s Force for Good community sponsorship programme has allowed it to establish a successful Wild Tots group at Thurnby Lodge Children, Young People and Families Centre, in Dudley Avenue, Leicester.
Wild Tots groups offer families and children the chance to explore nature together and take part in activities such as nature spotting, den building, storytelling, treasure hunts, and messy play. The Wild Tots group at Thurnby Lodge is one of four groups run by the Trust around Leicester.
With the funding received, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is delighted to be able to offer children from around the city the chance to get outside and explore nature, as education officer at the Trust, Martha Rose, confirms: “In urban areas like Leicester, there aren’t many opportunities for children to find some green space and really enjoy the great outdoors. Thanks to generous funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we are pleased to be able to run weekly Wild Tots sessions at Thurnby Lodge Children, Young People and Families Centre. The support received allows us to help little ones have fun exploring the world around them and teach them the joys of nature from an early age.”
As well as the support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Thurnby Lodge Wild Tots group also received a small grant towards new waterproofs from Police Mutual, the not-for-profit financial services provider for the Police family. Police Mutual awards £100,000 in grants ranging from £100 to £1,000 to support successful local projects throughout the country each year through its award-winning Force for Good programme.
Chief executive of Police Mutual, Stephen Mann, said: “We are pleased to be able to support the Wild Tots group at Thurnby Lodge Children, Young People and Families Centre with funding towards new outdoor gear. Force for Good is designed to support the wellbeing of local communities, so we are delighted to see that it is being used to encourage pre-school children to get outside and enjoy nature.”
Leicester assistant city mayor for children, young people and schools, Cllr Sarah Russell, added: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for children in the city to begin discovering the natural world in a fun, hands-on way.”