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Inspiring Our Future Generations at Nexus Fostering

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Inspiring Our Future Generations at Nexus Fostering

We’re all becoming increasingly aware of the impact we have on our planet. But what does sustainability mean to children and young people? Sustainability for children is about inspiring them to respect the earth and its resources and about small changes, we can make to help look after the planet. Making these changes helps protect animals, plants, and our natural resources so that future generations will be able to enjoy them. Beyond the environmental benefits, it also helps children to make sense of the world around them, exploring the ‘what if’ and ‘how’. Children are then likely to connect with and develop a passion for the environment, for nature, and their relationship with it.

Educational Trips

Formula E

Nexus Fostering is passionate about educating our children and young people as they are the future. We recently took our children and young people to Formula E, an event held in London focusing on sustainability within driving.

This trip was part of our Young Persons Sustainability Co-Operative, an innovative new program we’ve aligned with the Department for Education to help transform the career prospects of young people in foster care. Over the next few months, we’ll be focusing on several key areas including climate action, green skills and careers, and championing education and learning as well as partnering with lots more businesses to get inspiration and hands-on experiences.

Take a look at a few images from the day below.

British Gas Academy

Within the next few weeks, we are taking a group of our young people to British Gas Academy in Leicester. By learning about sustainability and climate change at a young age, young people can gain valuable experience and knowledge that will prepare them for the numerous green jobs that will be available in the future. 

The UK government's Net Zero Strategy is expected to create up to 440,000 jobs by 2030. Young people will be able to participate in climate adaptation and decarbonisation activities as part of our project and spend time in nature to enhance their learning and connection with the environment.  This will help prepare them for a world impacted by climate change, where skills and knowledge related to sustainability will be highly sought after.  

We have created an opportunity for our young people to visit the British Gas Research and Development lab. They will have hands-on experience with the equipment used to develop and test green energy products before they are released to the public. The team will also share their career paths and answer questions, and young people will have a chance to see the kind of things they could be a part of if they pursue careers in the green economy.

Inspiration and opportunity: The visit to the British Gas R&D lab will provide inspiration and opportunity for young people to see the potential of green energy and the various careers available in the sector. Meeting with the team at British Gas will also show them real-life examples of people who are working to make a difference in the fight against climate change.

Read more about our Visit to British Gas Zero here

Our Recent Projects

Campaign for Climate Clever School’s

We have partnered with a local Nottingham charity ‘Kids Against Plastic’ and launched our first campaign ‘Be Climate Clever Schools’. They aim to help schools reduce their climate impact. We are passionate about the need for schools to cover environmental issues like the climate crisis, plastic pollution, and many more. Kids Against Plastic believe in empowering young people to be the change-makers of the now/ future. They provide all the resources the school needs to become climate clever from lesson plans, videos, action plans, and much more.

Register your school (it’s free) and start your journey to becoming a Climate Clever School and do your bit towards tackling the climate crisis. The first 100 schools to sign up receive a free Be Climate Clever book written by founders Ella and Amy Meek (funded by Nexus Fostering).

Eco Greenhouse Project with the Rotary Club

In September we are funding an eco-greenhouse project for a local Nottingham School with the Carlton Rotary Club. The children along with families and friends collect around 1300 plastic bottles and learn about the importance of recycling. The eco greenhouse project helps awareness of environmental issues and will bring the children closer to nature with an opportunity to see crops grow.

Environmental Day

On Wednesday 2nd August we took part in Environmental Day at Gedling Country Park Nottingham with ‘Friends of Gedling Country Park’. It involved local environmental groups, local organisations with the aim to provide a showcase for local people to see what groups are available, raise awareness for the environment and how they can become involved.

 At Nexus Fostering we are keen for our young people, children, and our carers to be part of our projects, and we plan to continue to work with local communities and charities to educate and inspire them to make a difference.

Photos from our recent trip to Formula E at Excel London




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Date published

10 August 2023

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