National Trust recruiting in north west for kids council and opening its doors for free to children during August (From Messenger Newspapers)
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National Trust recruiting in north west for kids council and opening its doors for free to children during August
12:00pm Saturday 11th August 2012 in News
A GROUP of advisors – made up entirely of youngsters - is being recruited by the National Trust to provide advice on how to get more of the nation’s children outdoors.
The idea follows the charity’s recent Natural Childhood Report and 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ campaign, and is part of the trust’s efforts to encourage children to explore the outdoors and get closer to nature.
The National Trust is looking to sign up 10 children aged between seven and twelve to the council, where they will help to develop the charity’s outdoor campaigns, and making their properties more fun for younger visitors.
Debbie Peers, spokesperson for the trust in the north west region said: “The perfect candidate to sit on the kids’ council will be brimming with enthusiasm and fun, with a natural love for the outdoors and fresh air. Potential applicants should also have an adventurous spirit and a wild imagination - a fondness for rolling down hills or jumping in muddy puddles would be considered a bonus!
“Check out our ’50 Things to Do before you’re 11 & ¾’ here in the North West at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/northwest and see what you could do outdoors - you might get some ideas for the Kids’ Council!”
To offer children a chance to try out the National Trust and get inspiration on what they would like to change if they were appointed to the Kid’s Council, the trust will open up its doors to children for free for the whole month of August.
More than 200 places - including Dunham Massey - will be free of charge to children, giving them the opportunity to explore National Trust places across the country.
The application process for the kids’ council will close on September 7 2012. Applications can be downloaded from the website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kidscouncil and sent back via email, post or handed in at National Trust properties taking part in the Kids Go Free offer.