Trustee Opportunities

Who we are

Forest School Swansea Neath Port Talbot (FSSNPT) was set up in 2001 to provide Forest School opportunities for children and young people across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.  Through our work we aim to support the development of self-esteem and self-confidence in all participants, as well as raise awareness and appreciation of the natural environment.  In 2018 we became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and we continue to grow and develop, bringing the Forest School experience to more people than ever before.  We have a small team of six part-time staff (Jackie, Karen, Pixie, Emma, Sasha and Katy) as well as a team of leaders and assistants employed on a freelance basis, together with a pool of volunteers.

What we do

We provide engaging and fun Forest School sessions to various groups, organisations and individuals across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, in a variety of different outdoor settings.  Some of these sessions are fully or partially funded through specific projects, whilst others are paid for directly by those attending.  FSSNPT also runs a training programme for those people looking to become Forest School Assistant Leaders, Leaders and Trainers.

The role

We are seeking several new Trustees who are passionate, motivated, with values that align with our own, and the time and commitment to help the charity continue to grow. You will be joining a friendly, dynamic Board of Trustees helping to bring the natural world closer to children and young people.  Being a Trustee is a voluntary role, however, reasonable expenses will be paid where appropriate.

You can download our role description via this link.

About you 

This opportunity is open to anyone who is over eighteen and able to regularly attend in-person meetings and occasional training events in Swansea/NPT.  You share our vision to improve connections to nature and each other, you are solution-focused, collaborative, open-minded and willing to adopt a role as a critical friend. We would particularly like to hear from people with diverse, lived-experience backgrounds and those who possess skills and knowledge in safeguarding, finances, H & S, marketing and/or HR, although all applications will be considered.  Ideally we would also like you to have some experience of Forest School, outdoor learning or creative play, but this is not essential. 

How to apply

Please complete this simple application form here and return it to Tim and Diana (Co-chairs of the Board of Trustees) via trustees@forestschoolsnpt.org.uk by 12 noon on Monday 26th February 2024. The Board of Trustees will review your application and if you are successful at this stage we will invite you to a very informal meet-and-greet group session to get to know you better (and for you to get to know us and the staff), most likely outside around a campfire!  Following this, we will contact our chosen candidates and ask them to join us at a future Board of Trustees meeting and AGM.  Training and induction will then take place once appointed. 

How to contact us:

Enquiries about the sessions we offer: info@forestschoolsnpt.org.uk

Enquiries about the Training: office@forestschoolsnpt.org.uk

PROUD WINNERS 

Early Years & Play Celebration – Dathliad Blynyddoedd Cynnar a Chwarae

Enabling Environments Winner 2023

Galluogi Amgylcheddau Enillydd 2023

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Why choose Forest School SNPT?

WHAT WE DO
Forest School SNPT has been providing inspiring approaches to outdoor learning and play since 2001. We train others in how to use these approaches through a wide range of courses and deliver projects to children and young people of all abilities.

Our Aims

BUILDING CONFIDENCE AND WELL-BEING
Children and young people should know what it feels like to succeed at something and have someone else notice and care. We want them to know more about themselves, how they learn, communicate and socialise and of course to be happy and healthy.

WHY WE DO IT
We want all children and young people to have the chance to be able to look back on their childhood with magical memories of playing in the woods or outdoors, getting muddy, discovering bugs and eating food cooked on the fire they made.

RAISING AWARENESS
We’d like to encourage everyone to respect and actively care for their local natural environment so that they will appreciate the green spaces on their doorsteps and let future generations have those same experiences.

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