Fruit-full Communities aims to address some of society’s toughest challenges. Working with young people living in YMCA Housing Schemes, Supported Lodgings and/or attending YMCA Youth Groups, Fruit-full Communities aims to tackle a lack of social cohesion, create opportunities for young people, address climate change and environmental degradation.
This three year project launched in 2015 is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and is part of a new initiative called Our Bright Future. It is led by Learning through Landscapes in collaboration with YMCA England, The Orchard Project and International Tree Foundation.
Fruit-full Communities provides an opportunity for people who may not have found school to be a very positive experience to learn and develop in ways that they might never have thought possible. As many as half of all young people are not in education, employment or training when they become homeless and 40% identify themselves as being depressed. By improving the physical environment in towns and cities across England, often in deprived areas, it is anticipated that Fruit-full Communities will encourage physical activity associated with green spaces and in the process improve young people’s mental health and self-esteem.