This academic year OASES is delivering the following programmes, providing opportunities for schools to engage in everything from habitat creation to teacher training all for FREE or at a reduced cost .
CHAMPIONS FOR WIND
A programme working across the north east and humberside supporting schools to investigate the offshore wind industry and associated opportunities, funded by Forewind via HETA
The Postcode Lottery are funding this exciting project that will see communities and schools within Framwellgate work together to develop the community orchard space. Free family events will be taking place throughout the year.
Following the success of Fruitful Schools, Learning through Landscapes have gained further funding to encourage young people to develop orchards within their community.
Following the success of the pilot project, funding from Public Health has enabled the Growing Healthy Project to be rolled out across County Durham. If you would like to take part in the project in 2016/17 please contact OASES.
Funded by BBC Children in Need, Growing Together helps children and their families to grow and cook produce while spending quality time together.
Following a very successful pilot last year Illuminating Waste is back in Derwentside and bigger and better than ever! OASES is recruiting schools from across the Derwent Valley to create wonderful window displays made from waste materials to be placed within shop windows in Consett town centre and illuminated, ready for the Consett Christmas lights switch on at the beginning of December. Sponsored by the Derwent Valley AAP and various local schools and businesses.
This initiative is only available to schools that buy into Durham County Council's Energy SLA. OASES works with these schools to reduce their Carbon emissions and their energy bills. Since the projects inception in 2010 these schools have collectively saved over £2.6 million against business as usual predictions.
SEAS LESS PLASTIC
The issue of sea plastic is getting worse, so OASES gained funding from LEAF (Local Environmental Action Fund) to deliver an innovative project that successfully raised awareness of the problem amongst school children and the public in Sunderland.
WASTE ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS
This series of online teaching advice and resources was commissioned by Durham County Councils Strategic Waste Team. It is hosted on the Durham Learning Platform.
LOST LANDSCAPES AND LEARNING
A Heritage Lottery Fund grant for a partnership project led by OASES has enabled young people in Sunderland to understand the unique heritage that has shaped their local landscape. Pupils had the opportunity to learn plant identification skills and map work techniques during several field trips and in-school support sessions, involving the local community. The participating schools were also supported to create wildflower meadow in their grounds to enhance the local biodiversity and provide an outdoor learning resource.