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World Jungle works on a variety of local and regional projects aimed at promoting healthy living and awareness of other cultures.

Please click on the headings below for details of some of the projects we have successfully delivered or are currently working on. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our funders.


Gloucestershire Young Carers 2013

At the end of 2013 we successfully completed a fantastic Comic Relief project with Gloucestershire Young Carers. Over the previous months,38 young carers from across Gloucestershire had the chance to try their hand at bushcraft and survival skills at Breakheart Quarry in the hills above Dursley. Groups of youngsters from Cam, Stroud, Cirencester and the Forest of Dean visited the quarry for the day and had a go at lighting open fires, outdoor cooking, building dens and fossil hunting. Quotes from those who attended included:
- "It was great, we all found a fossil and we could take it home with us, mine was the biggest!"
- "I really enjoyed the (outdoor) cooking and creating the clay creatures."

People's Health Trust – 'Bounce' & the ' Past-times Café 2013/2014

At the end of 2013 we received funding from the People's Heath Trust to undertake two community projects targeted at the Cam Woodfields area, near Dursley.

· BOUNCE! Is a 10-week, personal development programme for children and young people who are facing conflict in their lives. We aim to help 60 children over the coming two years by running fun and interactive courses focusing on managing conflict and developing emotional intelligence and resilience. We hope to equip the participants with the skills to help deal with conflict both in the home environment and amongst their peers.

· PAST-TIMES CAFE: This project focuses on helping the older generation, combating feelings of isolation and loneliness, helping elderly members of our community make new friends, develop skills and share what they have learned. It will be based around our 'Past-times Cafe', a space where people can come together for a couple of hours each week to undertake creative activities, enjoy a cup of tea and have a chat with friends.

Grundtvig Beyond the Book 2012/13 - European Project

Beyond the Book – Promoting Active-learning through Problem Based Learning and innovative Video Methodologies.

World Jungle have been selected to be part of an exciting and innovative international programme called "Beyond the Book" which will bring together educators, artists, cultural organizations and video technicians from 9 different European countries to share their skills and explore the ways in which video production can help to support the learning of those most disadvantaged including school leavers, youth at risk, elderly and long term unemployed. Find out more...


Circus Skills

World Jungle delivers circus workshops for all ages and in a variety of settings, including for schools, with uniformed groups, children's parties and at festivals.

We have worked across Bristol to train up projects working with children over the holiday period. This training was funded and supported by BAND (Bristol Assoc. of Neighbourhood Daycare) and we were able to leave each club with a £100 box of circus equipment and the staff and children with the skills to use the equipment including juggling balls, diablos, stilts, plate spinning and poi .

We also have a weekly Circus Fun Club which meets on Wednesday evenings from 5pm-6pm at Cam Memorial Hall. Recently, Dursley Rotary Club made a donation of a £100 towards the club also donated a unicycle from one of the member's daughters, which came all the way from Germany. John Grove, President of Dursley Rotary Club said, "We are really pleased to be able to support youth activities in the area and this circus club has done a great job of involving children of all ages and backgrounds."

At the end of 2012, World Jungle's Ben Ward is excited to be part of a charity trip at Christmas time to teach circus workshops to Street Children in Morocco. If you have any circus kit or would like to make a donation to the project, please get in touch!


Saturday Activity Sessions for young people (Windsor Family Trust - 2012-2013)

We have been successful with a bid to the Windsor Family Trust to provide Saturday activity sessions across the autumn (2012) and spring (2013) terms aimed at children and young people aged from 8 -18 years across Cam & Dursley.

The activities will build on those that took place over the summer ('Summer off the Streets' Cam & Dursley) such as dance, music, bushcraft, arts and crafts as well as bringing in elements of multi-media and work based skills.

In addition we will develop and deliver with the support of young volunteers a showcase event at the end of the project with art displays, youth photography, talent shows and group and individual performances. We will work with young volunteers to deliver this event providing real life work situations to develop skills in marketing and promotion, event management, customer service, sales and more.

The project will also work to promote a positive image of young people and help to address some of the negative views that certain adults have of young people. This will be done through positive media stories across the project as well as providing opportunities for inter-generational gatherings and events.


D.E.E.P. (Discover, Explore, Enjoy, Protect) 2012

In partnership with Breakheart Community Project (BCP), World Jungle obtained funding from the Cotswold Sustainable Development Fund for the D.E.E.P. project. Taking place during the first quarter of 2012, the project gave local children the opportunity to discover Breakheart Quarry in Dursley which is recognised as being regionally important for its geology, ancient woodlands and supporting a number of rare species including the dormouse. The children got to explore the variety of habitats and wildlife, enjoy taking part in natural learning and play activities whilst also learning how to protect the environment for future generations.

As part of the funding, we took groups of children to the Breakheart Quarry site to take part in environmental learning and play. Groups came from local schools, playgroups, scout and other youth groups. We also provided free training for those interested in working with children outdoors exploring the many issues around children's learning and play in the natural environment.

Please click here to download a copy of the End of Project Report.

Special thanks to  Mel McCree, outdoor play and learning expert, who is working with us closely on this project.


Kids Get Fit 2012 - Zumbatomic!

Supported with funding from the local NHS, World Jungle ran a new health and fitness programme for children and young people. The programme was based around the new dance fitness craze known as ZumbAtomic, with the aim of creating healthy behaviour and so improving health and fitness in the long-term.

World Jungle ran ZumbAtomic tasters in schools within the Berkeley Vale Cluster to give all pupils an experience of Zumba. This was followed by a programme of classes at various community venues which initially were offered at subsidised rates to encourage a higher take-up of places. In addition the project involved World Jungle providing training for those working with children and young people on how to deliver physical activity sessions. This included elements of dance fitness as well as a range of play based activities and non competitive games to support staff with ideas to get children more active.

Feedback: Head Teacher, Berkeley Primary School
"I just wanted to thank you for Friday's Zumba in school. I have to say I had not seen so many children with such huge smiles in one activity, it was simply fantastic! The children who surprised us most were the ones who are usually so quiet and shy they really shone with confidence and a real sense of fun. Thank you so much and I am looking forward to the after school club and so many of the children are too."

Download the final report for the Zumbatomic project that World Jungle delivered in partnership with the Primary Schools of the Severn Edge cluster funded through the NHS Berkeley Vale Cluster.


During the festival season, World Jungle's festival team is busy at events across the country providing children's activities as well as music and dance from around the world for adults.

A regular highlight to our Festivals Calendar has been WOMAD where we have had a team of up to 18 providing children's activities over 4 days including African drumming, henna hand art, reflexology, zumba, giant mandalas and even cricket! Our 2011 and 2012 seasons finished off at Stroud Fringe festival where again we provided a range of activities such as circus skills, creative arts as well as running free tasters in Capoiera and Zumba.


Dursley Town Festival

World Jungle is a regular contributor to the Dursley Town Festival which takes place in the town each summer. As part part of this we have organised the showcase tent (with local groups performing to showcase their talents to the wider community); a Children's Area providing a whole range of activities for children including arts and crafts, drumming, circus, trashion fashion and many more. We have also taken a leading role in the carnival procession providing music and dancers for the parade...

Get Dancing!

GET DANCING! World Jungle has been supporting people of all ages to get involved in dance. Supported by Sport England, World Jungle has been able to put on a series of dance tasters and 10 week sessions in a range of different dance genres to engage and motivate people of all ages (from children and young people to elders) with the aim of supporting them to continue attending classes as well as supporting individuals to become dance tutors.

Residents of Cam & Dursley have had the opportunity to try out dance tasters in a wide range of styles including Salsa, Street, Urban, Burlesque, Can Can, Carribean, Breakdance and African.

The project hopes to lead to increased and sustained participation in Dance, an increase in activity and fitness levels of participants as well as developing individuals from the community as tutors to sustain the programme when funding has finished.

Creative Kids

Supported by the Windsor Family Trust, World Junge has been able to support the showcasing of local talent and engage young people in the planning of the Youth Showcase event that was part of 2011's Dursley Town Festival . We have also been able to train up two local young people from' Youth Dance Movement' to deliver the Arts Award qualification.

Summer off the Streets 2011, 2012 - Cotswold District Council

During the summers of 2011 and 2012, on behalf of Cotswold District Council and Cirencester Town Council World Jungle organised a holiday programme of activities for children across the Cotswolds. This encompassed a whole range of activities including bollywood dancing, football training, multimedia workshops, drawing workshops, felt making, cheerleading workshops, outdoor survival skills days, family fun days and play day events.


Summer off the Streets 2012 - DURSLEY

With funding from the Windsor Family Trust we were able to run a project for children and young people in Cam and Dursley in July and August 2012. This included two Family Fun Days ( in Highfields Park on 20 July and Kingshill Park on 3 August) together with 10 FREE activity sessions( including felt making, cheerleading, zumbatomic, circus fun, samba drumming, bollywood dance, steel pans, Cool Drawing and Bushcraft).


Global Fusion

Global Fusion 2011 was a series of world music nights that took place in Stroud at the Lansdown Hall & Gallery (formerly The Space). The nights included the amazing DJ Alain Hernandez from Cuba, Zavoala from the Ivory Coast and the African Allstars


Global Play

World Jungle's Global Play Project supported by the BIG Lottery Fund enabled thousands of children and young people to have the opportunity to explore cultural diversity in fun and exciting ways. It included the best traditional games from around the world which have been tried and tested over generations delivered by artists from Ghana, Jamaica, Tanzania, Guyana, Argentina, Pakistan and England.

We worked with over 1700 children from across Bristol & Gloucestershire and trained over 180 play workers. The project was recently recognised by the Institute of Community Cohesion (DfID) receiving a National Award for Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and which has helped to give the project national profile. The programme was also cited by the Big Lottery Fund as a model of good practice

Building on the success of the project, World Jungle secured a contract to deliver Global Play training for Play-workers and Early Years workers in Somerset and Devon and also ran the training at a South West play celebration event held in March 2011.

Key Elements:
• Global Play sessions with children in parks, schools and play settings.
• Training of teachers, early years, play and youth workers in global games.
• Equalities & Anti- Racism training for staff.
• Development of resource pack to support other projects interested in delivering global play experiences.

A copy of the evaluation of the project will be available shortly. Also please visit our 'Global Play' section for further details.

Highfields Park, Dursley

Following the successful development of Highfields Park by World Jungle at the end of 2010 thanks to a grant from the BIG Lottery which included a new swing, climbing area, youth shelter and BMX track, World Jungle provided ongoing play sessions on the park over summer 2011. These included a major fun day attracting over 300 people where all activities were free as well smaller sessions including an outdoor cooking sessions, a circus skills day as well as art activities.

2012 saw us run further fun day events at the park for local residents to enjoy. We were also pleased to welcome volunteer Gerard Anderson to our team on this project. Gerard joined us on a placement as part of his degree course (Bsc Hons Community Development), to explore, challenge and enhance his skills as a community development practitioner. He lead an evaluation of the impact of our project based around the redevelopment of Highfields Park in Dursley and the role it has played in addressing the needs of local community.

DOWNLOAD COPY OF REPORT - Highfields Park Impact Review 2012.
The report was commissioned by World Jungle and carried out by Gerard Anderson a Community Development practitioner with experience in research methodology and community conflict. It should be made clear that Highfields Park is the responsibility of Stroud District Council and World Jungle has no responsibility for the maintenance or management of the park. The review was carried out through questionnaires, focus group activities, formal meetings and a community lunch event. As well looking at the impact the developments on the park have had on the local community, people were also asked for their thoughts on activities they would like to see on the park, any developments they would like to see should funding become available and also what would help towards the long term sustainability of the park.

World Jungle with the permission of SDC hopes to be running a number of activities on the park in the spring and summer of 2013 aimed at getting people using the park both young and old. If you would like to get involved or suggest activities that could be put on please get in touch.

Inclusion and Short Breaks

This year our work has included working with a range of special schools including The Shrubberies, St. Roses as well as supporting some of the short breaks clubs around the county. From Circus skills to Global play, these workshops have been rewarding and specially adapted to the needs of the students.


International Links

Working with our partners at 2QAB in Bristol, World Jungle has been part of a Grundtvig programme in 2011 to share skills and experiences across the European Union involving visits to Vienna, Austria and Konstanz in Germany and engaging adults in learning.


Play Ranger Get Out & Cook

Working alongside Play Gloucestershire's Play Rangers, World Jungle has been cooking up culinary delights in local parks engaging children in healthy eating and cooking over fires, some of the favourites being homemade pizzas, Indian pakoras and of course marshmallows!


Ridings Cultural Day & International Day 2011

Part of our work with schools involved a major event at the Ridings International Academy with a special celebration of International Day for all their pupils. Workshops took in Commedia dell Arte, Asian Storytelling, African Drumming & Dance and Reggaeton catering for over 300 children at a time. Click here to watch a short video from th day...


South West Artist Network Event 2011

Part of World Jungle's ongoing support for artists involved a special event for multi-cultural artists across the South West offering them the opportunity to network, promote themselves and hear from a range of key agencies such as the Creative Learning Agency, Arts Council, Social Enterprise Works and 2QAB. Over 40 artists attended the day with overwhelmingly positive feedback. Thanks to DMAC UK for the venue for the day!


Volunteer World Jungle

World Jungle has a range of volunteer opportunities including general administration, working with children outdoors, event management, marketing and fundraising. We currently have four volunteers working with us on a part-time basis. If you are interested in volunteering in World Jungle please contact us.


'Way of Life Project' - Pembrokeshire County Council

The Pembrokeshire Family Challenge, Way of Life Project, was a new whole family support project operating in Pembrokeshire from January 2009. The project was funded by the Big Lottery Way of Life Fund and managed by a multi-agency group lead by Pembrokeshire County Council. The project was open to all families, resident in Pembrokeshire, who have at least one child under the age of twelve. It aimed to help support families make health improvements to their lifestyles.

World Jungle greatly enjoyed working with Pembrokeshire County Council over the course of the project and to be a part of their final celebration funday at the end of March 2012. Over 150 people attended the event and were able to take part in World Jungle’s activities which included circus skills, global games, african drumming, face painting, mask making and zumba.

Helen Stewart, Pembrokeshire County Council
“It was a terrific finale to a project which has had a huge impact on families across Pembrokeshire, it was great having World Jungle to help with the event and as always their activities were amazing, getting parents and children involved and active and most importantly having fun, we hope to get them up here again soon!”


Young at Heart

World Jungle has a range of projects aimed at the older generation including low impact zumba, singing and chair workouts delivered by specialised tutors experienced in working with this age group.We have worked with a number of organisations in this area including local care homes and Age UK (Gloucestershire) .

Kate Gordon, Activities Co-ordinator, Cleeve Hill Nursing Home: "We booked Richard for a drumming workshop as part of our 'Winter Sunshine' theme week. He arrived with a smile, a bright outfit and plenty of drums and shakers which allowed everyone to participate (even those with limited mobility). Residents, staff and family visitors were all encouraged to join in and we all enjoyed played along with Richard's traditional African melodies and songs…it was the talk of the Supper table that evening! Will definitely booked again!"



In 2011 both Jane Manning and Ben Ward from World Jungle became part of the Zumba Instructors Network. Zumba links in well with World Jungle's core aims and values, incorporating music/dance from around the world, improving health and fitness as well as introducing people to new 'flavours' and experiences.

Jane has been specialising in the lower impact form known as Zumba Gold while Ben has specialised in running Zumbatomic classes aimed at children and young people.  A range of classes are available around the Stroud district.  For more details on classes, or if you would like Ben or Jane to deliver a taster session for your club, group or school please contact us.


Paul Dielhenn, BAND Limited:
"The World Jungle crew input into the Council House event was fantastic, the kid's performance was brilliant... The enthusiasm and commitment that you have shown has been wonderful and has clearly fired up playscheme's workers and children alike. The fact that many of the settings have shown an interest in taking the themes further is testament to the success of the workshops, that they've opened eyes, broadened minds and furthered the World Jungle ethos which BAND whole-heartedly supports."