Young people from Liverpool’s Turn it Around youth organisation have helped Komaru Outdoors to celebrate a milestone this week.

When the Turn it Around team joined a bushcraft course to improve their outdoor survival skills, they brought Komaru’s visitor numbers to more than 5,000 since opening its basecamp in Fishbrook Wood, inside Knowsley Safari Park just two years ago.

Komaru is a unique social enterprise that exists to connect people with nature. It works with families, schools, community groups and the NHS to teach people bushcraft skills, resilience and teamwork, while they have fun in the outdoors.  Director Nick Lynch surprised the group with a certificate and a goody bag of outdoor books and equipment.

He said: “Since launching our bushcraft school we have been overwhelmed by the support we have had from the community and the Knowsley Estate for the work we are doing. It’s perfect that Turn it Around have marked our success in attracting 5,000 visitors as they were the first local group to partner with us in 2014. Their staff are incredible and have introduced us to scores of fantastic children and young people, who have loved being in the great outdoors.”

Turn it Around CIC is a professional youth mentoring initiative for Liverpool’s young people, providing them with creative activities and one-to-one support. It promotes positive social behaviour and helps young people grow in confidence to present the very best of themselves.It was established in 2009 to help teenage girls and young women caught up in the Youth Justice system. Today its remit has widened to include pre-teens and friends of girls and young women. Where its team sees a gap in provision, they aim to develop a partnership response for the community. They are currently developing a safe zone for children and young people in South Park, Bootle. 

Founder Debra Kurs said: “We have partnered successfully with Komaru and it was a great surprise for our young people to help celebrate their 5,000th visitor mark. Enjoying the outdoors is a big part of our work here and elsewhere, and the Komaru team share our confidence that all children and young people can excel if they are given the right environment and opportunities.”

For more information on Turn It Around’s work see www.turnitaround.org.uk or Facebook TurnitAround2016.