Vote for POLEN!

A Plymouth project needs your support in order to help more children access improved learning outside the of the classroom.

Plymouth Outdoor Learning and Education Network (POLEN) supports Plymouth schools to enable more teachers and children to confidently access learning outside the classroom in the natural environment.

The scheme, led by Plymouth City Council with partners EarthJump, is now hoping to win community funding from insurance giant Aviva, but needs your votes to bring home the grant.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning said: “We’re really proud to be a part of POLEN and to be able to give children in Plymouth a unique and engaging outdoor experience.

“With this grant, we will be able to improve facilities on school grounds, enable them to access their local natural space, provide outdoor education training, and develop stronger links with providers of outside learning in the city.”

Each year, Aviva give a community grant of to the project that receives the most votes on their website. POLEN have applied for between £5,000 and £10,000.

So far, the project has engaged with over 2,000 children but with this funding, the team hope to engage with five more schools, potentially reaching up 1000 more young people.

POLEN is up against several other schemes and so needs the votes of the people of Plymouth in order to carry out some of its exciting plans.

Voting opens on Tuesday, 24 October for a period of 28 days and you can vote for POLEN by clicking here.

POLEN is the follow on from Natural Connections, a Plymouth University-led project that ran between 2012 and 2015 which supported learning in the natural environment. During the project, Plymouth City Council acted as the lead partner on working with schools in Plymouth.

Since then, the council have carried on providing the support to Plymouth schools and have this year rebranded the project into POLEN and partnered with community interest company EarthJump to lead it.

You can learn more about POLEN and EarthJump by clicking here.