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Without Walls

Without Walls is a survival course with a conservation focus, which aims to build resilience and self-confidence for participants and which promotes connections to and an understanding of our rich local environment. This course additionally promotes volunteering as a life-enhancing opportunity, and each participant is supported to identify an on-going placement. The John Muir Discovery award in conservation can be gained through this project. All participants complete a reflective work log each week, and receive feedback from the course tutor. Courses run for 10 weeks at local accessible outdoor venues throughout the year..

Courses run once a week for 10 full day sessions. Content of sessions will vary according to the focus of the project, the interests of participants, weather conditions, season and locality. Participants are taught skills on an incremental step by step basis and each group will progress according to how their skills and abilities develop. Content is delivered to suit all learning needs and styles, and activities may include –


  • Exploring/mapping the environment
  • Undertaking conservation tasks using a variety of tools
  • Finding out about the flora and fauna of the area
  • Creative response – e.g. natural art, photography
  • Making shelters
  • Building and cooking on fire
  • Using storm kettles

John Muir Awards have published a case study on the Without Walls project.  To read this case study, please click here

John Muir Awards have also written a story about our Working Without Walls project and how Money (and Confidence) grows on tree.  To read this article, please click here.

To read further about what we have achieved, please click here

Quote from a service user – November 2016
“This year these things I’ve attended at EFT are the most important things in my life” 

‘I loved being outdoors in the peace and quiet.’

‘Working in the meadow, finding out more about the trees…I don’t want this to end…I’d do it every day.’

‘I have been reclusive for over five years. Thank you for introducing me to the outside world again.’

Without Walls brings National Success

Without Walls brings National Success Throughout 2016 the Education Futures Trust have been facilitating the delivery of John Muir awards in conservation with groups of adults and young people at sites across Hastings including the beach, Alexandra Park and areas of ancient woodland . Teams have worked hard together to protect and promote diversity of …