Global Action Plan’s ‘Nature Explorer for Toddlers and After-schooler’ programme caters for children living in the Dublin North West community. The programme provides a safe space to families to experience the natural world.
The story so far
Nature Explorer started in 2019 in partnership with YoungBallymun to support families and children in the local Ballymun community to connect with nature together in our beautiful GLAS Garden.
Nature Explorer enables children and parents who may have limited access to the natural world, to experience the joys of exploring nature together, allowing them to grow confidence, build strong social skills and strengthen their connection with nature.
Families grow food and look after the crops, participate in arts and crafts activities, and explore the rich biodiversity of the garden. We also hold seasonal events which build community and celebrate the natural world.
Since 2019 the programme has supported 250 children and parents and we have seen a growth in the demand of this programme year on year. Since its launch, the programme has expanded to support families through out the Dublin North west area.
The programme takes place in Green Living & Sustainability Community Garden (GLAS) in Ballymun, and is a vital support for people who have little access to the outdoors.
Nature Explore has been generously funded by a range of grants and donations since 2019 and this is necessary going forward to ensure the ongoing support for the families who benefit from this programme year on year.
Generous funders over the years have included Deloitte, Intel, The National Lottery, Community Foundation Ireland, Dublin Bus Community Grant, ESB as well as the ongoing support from Dublin City Council and the Ballymun Social Regeneration Fund.
We need €25,000 to run this amazing programme again in Ballymun in 2023. Can you contribute today?