Clear objectives key to parks schemes

It is essential for youth project workers to be honest about the outcomes they hope to achieve from schemes before setting out, researcher Dr Natalie Djohari tells the GreenSpace: Parks for Youth conference.

Having studied the benefits of community projects in green spaces, Djohari found it was possible to transform relationships.

However, the input required was extensive, she said. "You have to be honest about what outcomes you are really aiming for and whether you have the resources, vision and effort to achieve that," she warned.

According to Djohari, there are three levels of activities - transformative, sustained and experiential, which are mainly diversionary.

"The key is partnership working with groups that already exist," she explained. Established bodies such as friends groups could help projects become sustainable in the long term, Djohari added.


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