Our WORM Zone project ran from January 2014 until March 2016 and offered both term time and holiday activities in the Tang Hall and Bell Farm areas for children aged 8-16. The project originally ran in conjunction with York Playspace but as of 31st August 2014 York Playspace ceased all activities and we’ve had to completely overhaul our programme.
WORM stands for Wild Outdoors and Recycling Matter and the sessions focused on getting children and local communities active in the outdoors and teach them about sustainability issues. The project was funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthLevel through The Health Lottery.
Term-time sessions were held at St Nicks and the 68 Centre, Barfield Road in Bell Farm and in total 142 sessions were delivered. Session activities included making bird feeders, composting, dancing, cooking, learning about worms and the composting process, treasure hunts, insect hotels, arts and crafts using recycled materials, bug hunts, indoor and outdoor sports, gardening, pumpkin evening, campfires, den building, fair trade and food miles, water conservation, air miles and making smoothies on a pedal powered bike. The children attending the St Nicks sessions were able to explore the nature reserve, going on treasure hunts, bird walks, bug and mammal hunts on the reserve.
The project also enabled us to run holiday sessions including a graffiti workshop, sculpture workshop and a bushcraft course. We were also able to offer 3 sessions per week over the 2015 summer holidays which were open to everyone.
We would like to thank the People’s Health Trust, City of York Council and Ed DeNunzio Trust for the funding the project. We would also like to thank all the staff, volunteers and of course the children who took part. Below you can watch a little video made by children attending sessions at the 68 Centre.