What is the Park Inner Park Project?

The HYPE Park Inner Park Project is transforming the corner of Birkenhead Park adjacent to the Sea Cadets on Park Road East.

Our Birkenhead Park Project is developing a multi-functional green space for youth projects and to support the local community and is linking children and young people with community activities to expand their world beyond simply the school and home setting, creating a positive impact on the whole family.

Some of our exciting projects will be delivered in partnership with Central Park, New York and Nantes Park, Cape Town.

The benefits of nature can be found in our communities’ parks and green spaces and other spaces of urban nature including improving sleep, increasing energy, decreasing stress, better immunity and improving the cognitive development of young people by improving their awareness, reasoning and observational skills.

Quite simply: Nature is good for us and has both long and short term mental and physical health benefits and our Park Inner Park aims to bridge the gap between urban living and exposure to the natural world.

We believe that by engaging more young people in positive outdoor activities and events through our Birkenhead Park Inner Park Project, they will become empowered to live enhanced healthy lifestyles, develop good relationships with their families, increase their self-esteem and confidence and raise their life aspirations.

More exciting updates to follow this Spring 2017….

Bring learning to life

HYPE has been working with schools since 2008 delivering many programmes helping children of all ages engage in learning. Recently we have redeveloped a piece of wasteland in Birkenhead Park providing an incredible opportunity for children to learn in a positive environment in each of our dedicated outdoor areas:

  • Learning Area
  • Growing Area
  • Sports Area
  • Entertainment
  • Area Woodland Area

What does the programme cover?

We work with small groups of 8 young adults and can run two groups at any one time. This allows us to devote more individual time and attention to support the most excluded students. We want students to engage in the programme and with the right infrastructure and guidance we encourage them to plan out how the course will run.

Goals and milestones.

We ask students to set their own goals and milestones within the framework we have created so they commit to the programme from day 1. These targets can be met by delivering a number of projects which could include:

  • Developing and delivering a community event for young people
  • Increasing awareness of the importance of volunteering locally
  • Promoting job creation for young people on Wirral
  • Understanding our impact on the environment and how we can improve it
  • The benefits of growing and nurturing your own food
  • Health and fitness through sports

Whichever projects the students take on, learning will focus on the curriculum as we cover art, drama, science, mathematics, storytelling, physical education, geography and local history.

Key to the success of the programme though is engaging with students on key issues such as:

  • Problems in school
  • Overcoming fears
  • Manage behaviour
  • Further education, employment and volunteering opportunities

This is where HYPE can make a real difference and reach out to students outside of the classroom environment to help them re-connect with the importance of their own learning and understand the opportunities it can create in their lives.

What did the students have to say?

“I enjoyed the whole project but my favourite part was working with the young children on the final week.”

Alex Aged 14

“ Having time to develop a project and work in pairs was great.”

Tia Aged 14

And the teacher?

“The volunteers leading the sessions provided us with excitement and enjoyment each week making the atmosphere buzz with excitement. The skills that the students have learnt from attending this project have allowed them to flourish in social situations and in school as well.”

Miss Robinson Weatherhead Pastoral & Academic Support Worker

Outcomes

There are an incredible amount of outcomes to the programme: from young adults engaging in learning, working in teams, improving the community to building a platform to a positive future.

Qualifications – Identify qualifications students would like to achieve to get their dream job.

Work Experience – Talk openly about jobs students have worked in and allow them to think about areas they would like to gain experience working in to enhance there all round skills and add to their CV

Outdoor Education – Learn in a new environment and show leadership skills by managing young people in the green space.

Creative Learning – Students think outside the box and plan their own projects.

Role models – Understand the importance of being responsible and professional.

Sense of ownership – Students can see the impact their projects have on the young people they work with.

Getting involved

To get involved in these amazing projects you can find out more about HYPE’s Birkenhead Park Inner Park project by emailing enquiries@hype-merseyside.co.uk