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30 March, 2007

G-Nation Award winners invited to Wales with National Trust

Students from two schools will be coming together next week to assess the accessibility of the Welsh coastline for young people and people with special needs / disabilities. They will be spending an action packed week at the National Trust's Stackpole Centre for Outdoor Learning in Pembroke after winning the top Giving Nation award for Charity Action when their outstanding and dedicated actions for charity and the community first caught the judges' attention.

The students from Torry Academy in Aberdeen will join a group from Kings Mill, a special needs school in Driffield, Yorkshire. During the week, the 11-16 year olds will be able to experience the work of a charity first hand while exploring the Welsh coastline and taking part in a range of outdoor learning activities from climbing and canoeing to creating a lasting work of art to stay at the centre after they leave.

By assessing the accessibility of the coastline, the students will help the National Trust to ensure that the countryside can be an educational and recreational space for young people of all abilities.

Felicity Tyson, from Giving Nation said “This year's Giving Nation trip brings young winners of mixed abilities and backgrounds together to experience for themselves the work of a national charity in action. Travelling from the heart of Aberdeen and rural Humberside to a remote and spectacular area of Wales, they will explore the coastline and together be part of making the land preserved by the National Trust for every one accessible to every one.”

Dan Beck from Stackpole for Outdoor Learning added, “staff are looking forward to the groups' stay and working together on a challenging and creative art project.”

Giving Nation is a project based at the Citizenship Foundation that promotes and supports young people's giving through charity, community and campaigning action. Each year schools are offered the chance to further their understanding of the charity sector through an online awards diary documenting their actions to make a difference. Regional winners receive up to £1000 and main winners the chance to directly experience the work of a charity in the U.K or overseas.

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Notes for editors:

1. About the Citizenship Foundation

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no.801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society, Founded in 1989, it focuses on developing young people's citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

2. About Giving Nation

G-Nation is a web-based project run by the citizenship foundation to promote giving among young people. The website provides resources and fundraising ideas and runs alongside a schools programme for 11-16 year olds and G-Week, an annual schools action week. It is supported by government and various charities.

3. G-Nation addresses:

• Knowledge about charities

• Information regarding what might be termed 'intelligent' giving

• Programme will bring added value to work of charities by increasing understanding of their value to emerging generation

• Increase the active citizenship element of schools' support for charities

• Encourages YP to participate in structured volunteering within the school setting

4. G-Week 2006 will take place from 3 rd – 7th July and is a week of celebrating giving in schools. Last year around 1,000 schools took part, through themed assemblies, sponsored events etc. Free materials are available from Giving Nation.

Email info@g-nation.co.uk call 0207 566 4130, or visit the G-Nation website www.g-nation.co.uk

5. About the National Trust

The National Trust was founded in 1895 to care for places of historic interest or natural beauty. In Wales it cares for over 106,000 acres of countryside, 138 miles of coastline as well as some of the finest castles and gardens. The Trust is the largest conservation organisation in Europe, supported by 3 million members, 87,000 of whom live in Wales. As a charity it relies on membership subscriptions, gifts and other voluntary support to meet its £148m annual conservation and maintenance costs. The Trust’s properties have unique legal protection “inalienability” – they cannot ever be sold or mortgaged without permission of Parliament.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

6. About the National Trust’s Stackpole Centre for Outdoor Learning

http://www.stackpole.org.uk/home/index.php

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