St Nicks

St Nicks

At a glance

Causes

  • Environment

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Our stated purposes is to:

  • Preserve and conserve the area known as St Nicholas Fields for the benefit and education of the public
  • Educate the residents of York in principles and benefits of environmental and conservation issues and sustainability including recycling and waste reduction
  • Provide facilities for residents with the aim of improving their conditions of life through social welfare and leisure

We do so much more than this at St Nicks, because it’s not just the “what” we do, it’s the “how” we do it. We are deeply committed to creating, building and supporting communities through nature. Preserving and enhancing the habitats for over 2,000 species to ensure not only our urban nature reserve, less than a mile from the Centre of York, but that ALL green spaces that connect York and THEIR associated communities can benefit as well. We provide ecotherapy courses and 121 mentoring support for socially prescribed individuals who have suffered from significant mental health challenges. We use our electric vehicles to collect recycling of all kinds from the centre of York and surrounding area with 100% of all our collections being recycled in the UK. We provide energy advice and vouchers to those most in need. We provide a community centre and hub at our environment centre in the midst of the nature reserve.

For our ecotherapy classes we generate over £9 of social value per every £1 invested. Our other CERT quantification demonstrates that we are making a significant positive contribution to the mental health and wellbeing of our participants through programmes which connect them to nature.

We now maintain over 2,000 species at our nature reserve which was originally a landfill site in the 1970s - we have an active volunteering programme and a citizen science project for our ecology activities across multiple sites in York.

We work actively with our residential and commercial recycling customers to educate, inform and improve, supporting more sustainable lifestyles and ways of living.

Activities

For our ecotherapy classes we generate over £9 of social value per every £1 invested. Our other CERT quantification demonstrates that we are making a significant positive contribution to the mental health and wellbeing of our participants through programmes which connect them to nature. We have courses that involve poetry and creative writing, willow weaving,Bushcraft and many others. We also provide support to SME businesses to promote strong mental health practices through our Thriving at Work Programme.

We now maintain over 2,000 species at our nature reserve which was originally a landfill site in the 1970s - we have an active volunteering programme and a citizen science project for our ecology activities across multiple sites in York. We maintain our 24 acre urban nature reserve less than a mile from York and "Green Corridor" spaces across York that connect multiple Green Spaces. We provide support to floodplain meadow areas and groups.We work closely with City of York Council and multiple other organisations such as The Environment Agency in various partnerships to ensure we can broaden the impact and results of our activities.

We work actively with our residential and commercial recycling customers to educate, inform and improve, supporting more sustainable lifestyles and ways of living.We decontaminate at source to ensure none of our recycled waste ends up in landfill and we run a monthly terracycle drop off at our environment centre, where a multitide of other items can be recycled. We also have drop off points for these items across York.

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