Marina Robb, Circle of Life Rediscovery Director, nominated for National Education Award!
Marina Robb, Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery, has been nominated for a prestigious National Education Award in recognition for her commitment and passion for learning outside the classroom. Marina now faces a public vote to find out if she will take home the title of Inspiring Advocate at the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Awards in November 2018.
Marina has worked for over 30 years co-developing and offering highly beneficial nature-centred learning and therapeutic experiences for young people, adults and families in Sussex. Her programmes draw on the woodland as a resource for health and well-being.
Marina has been the recipient of funding from Natural England, Mind and The National Lottery, amongst other grant makers for her outdoor work. She has worked tirelessly to secure hundreds of thousands of pounds which has enabled woodland days for families who have a child with a severe physical or learning disability, families who have a child experiencing mental health issues and 11-18-year olds who are accessing mental health services. Most recently she was the winner of ITV’s The People’s Projects, winning £50,000 to secure the future of The Woodland Project.
Marina has also helped to bring forest school training to the Republic of Ireland for the first time, and now delivers training in Ireland as well as East Sussex.
As well as co-authoring the book ‘Learning with Nature’, Marina has been Director of Life Skills Education – working in Primary and Secondary schools delivering self-esteem, anti-bullying and assertiveness programmes and designed Eco-packs for Sustainable Schools.
Marina is currently a founding committee member for Vert Woods Community woodland which hopes to bring people of all back grounds to the woods for generations to come.
Overall, her work and programmes that support young people, disabled children and able children, families and adults have allowed thousands of people, to find new and old ways of connecting with nature and reap the benefits of facilitated outdoor experiences.
Voting closes on 26th October 2018. Please vote here and go to question 3: VOTE NOW!
Kim Somerville, head of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the charity behind the awards, explains, “The Outstanding Contribution to Learning Outside the Classroom Awards recognise and celebrates the people and teams who are transforming the lives of children and young people by providing or championing exciting and inspiring learning outside the classroom experiences. We want as many people as possible to vote for their local hero so they can get the credit they deserve.”
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