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Action For Conservation

Action for Conservation are an up-and-coming charity instilling environmental values in young people and have had significant impact on an issue considered paramount in today's society. Expansion of programmes has already had considerable success in scaling of their WildED programme in secondary schools, and their youth-led nature restoration project running in Wales is the largest of its kind. A solid strategy for revenue growth has been put in place over the next 5 years to continue funding and support these programmes including a number of multi year grants, the largest coming from Esmee Fairbairn. Dynamic leadership has driven the charity since founded and will be assisted by the recent hire of a Programme Manager, with targets of reaching 12,000 WildED programme student participants, 260 Youth Ambassadors and 1,745 new projects complete by 2023-24.
Impact analysis High quality educational workshops in their primary programme have given students an in-depth awareness of environmental issues teachers may be unable to provide, which they can share with peers, family and friends. The number of students continuing to group camps and volunteering activities highlights the enthusiasm the programmes infuses, and partner charities giving inspiring experiences drive home the real life effect our actions have on nature.
What it does
  • Action for Conservation works with secondary schools to inspire and empower students to become the next generation of conservationists. We are passionate about bringing nature into the lives of all young people, regardless of circumstance. Our WildED programme, led by young conservation professionals working in the field, currently runs countrywide in schools in which an average of 49% of pupils are in receipt of pupil premium.
Who it helps
  • Children/young People
Sector(s) covered
  • Education/training
  • Arts/culture/heritage/science
  • Environment/conservation/heritage
Where it operates
  • Throughout England And Wales
Financial Data ?
Y/E Income Expenditure Surplus/
Filed on
31/03/2019 £200,242 £180,623 £19,619 29/01/2020
31/03/2018 £166,622 £82,282 £84,340 22/11/2018
31/03/2017 £62,242 £38,960 £23,282 05/09/2017
31/03/2016 £21,960 £16,949 £5,011 27/06/2016
31/03/2015 £19,309 £2,327 £16,982 18/12/2015
Donations received ?

Over the last five years they've received significant donations from 4 grant making charities totalling £730,000

Donor To be used for
OVO Foundation This grant was used to cover the staff, travel and venue hire and various material costs of AFC WildED programme including secondary school workshops and Conservation Camps.
Dulverton Trust Core costs for North East expansion
Esmee Fairbairn Towards unrestricted core costs to enable a suite of work to inspire and empower young people aged 12-18 to engage in environmental issues and work towards change across the UK
Esmee Fairbairn Towards the salaries and other costs of the director and programme manager to empower young people to engage and make a difference on nature conservation and environmental issues.
Garfield Weston Foundation Action for Conservation Core Programme Costs
Dulverton Trust AFC Work Programme (Core Costs)
How effective is it?
WildED Programme

Description: The programme consists of a series of tailored workshops and student-led activities for young people in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Starting with 3 two-hour workshops, students build environmental knowledge, project management and teamwork skills leading to student teams Action Projects. These projects allow students to learn by taking action on issues they care about which are supported by the Action for Conservation team, volunteers and their teachers. Students then prepare a pitch presentation in teams to show their peers what they have achieved during projects and the impact their actions have had. Winning teams from several schools then battle to be crowned WildED victors at an end of term ‘Dragons Den’ event, in front of a panel of conservation experts.

Objectives: To educate children and young people about nature conservation and provide opportunities for their involvement in related projects

Intervention period: One school term

Beneficiaries: Secondary school children

Outputs Outcomes
60 Two-hour workshops delivered across 20 schools78 Student-led environmental change projects were successfully delivered
4000+ WildED young conservationists 89% Better understand conservation
84% Have more knowledge of solutions
75% Are more likely to consider their impacts
100s of projects showing skills attainment and measurable change
Youth Ambassador Programme

Description: Following on from the WildED programme and residential camps, students participate in a mentoring scheme where they further develop conservation skills and knowledge to help them take action in their communities to become conservation ambassadors.

Objectives: To allow young people to lead projects for the benefit of nature in their communities, and have a voice in conservation decision making at local and national level

Intervention period: One year

Beneficiaries: Secondary school children

Outputs Outcomes
17 Youth Ambassador projects delivered, composed of 99 individual actions58 Individual actions demonstrated key skills attainment
78 Individual actions demonstrated evidence they learnt about an environmental issue, solution, species, system or process
Residential Camps

Description: The camps allow students to spend time connecting and learning how to protect nature alongside other young people from across the UK. They include conservation activities and careers advice spearheaded by young conservation professionals, the Action for Conservation team and partner organisations. Students return ready to drive change in their local community and make a difference to nature.

Objectives: To give students a passion for leading positive change in nature and helping the planet

Intervention period: One week

Beneficiaries: Secondary school children

Outputs Outcomes
100 Students attending 8 camps96% Of students increased knowledge and understanding of environmental issues, and developed new skills
92% Of students increased knowledge of career opportunities
92% Of students were more connected to nature and more likely to seek out opportunities to help nature
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Hendrikus van Hensbergen has been founder and CEO since June 2014. He previously worked as a government policy adviser and studied at Bristol and Oxford University with an interest in Evolutionary Biology. A new Programme Manager was hired in 2018 to support the Chief Executives workload and begin the process of hiring two full-time Programme Co-ordinators who will join the charity in April of the coming year to help in expansion of programmes.
Trustees (8)
Main office

Action for Conservation
70 Cowcross Street

Legal constitution
  • UK Charity, number: 1157297
  • First registered on 03/06/2014