World Jungle scoops Business Award

Dursley-based social enterprise, World Jungle, was delighted this week to win the ‘Contribution to the Community’ Award at this year’s Stroud Life Business Awards – for the second time!

 Founders of the company, Jane Manning and Ben Ward, accepted the award on the evening at an event attended by a diverse range of businesses from across the Five Valleys and Severn Vale.

 The award recognised the significant role World Jungle had made supporting the community in the Cam and Dursley area.  This was in terms of working with a whole cross-section of local people including young and old, vulnerable and isolated, special needs and young families.  In addition, World Jungle has undertaken environmental projects, helped to improve local facilities and supported other community organisations in the area to achieve their goals. Ben Ward said:

 “We have estimated that over 10,000 people have benefited from our activities over the last year leading to a significant contribution to the overall wellbeing of our community. We were absolutely delighted to have our achievements recognised and would like to take this opportunity to thank all our funders who have enabled us to carry out some key projects this year, together with our team of staff and volunteers who help make everything happen.”


Over the past year World Jungle has run free community fundays and holiday activity programmes,  projects to support Young Carers, health and fitness classes for all ages and abilities,  environmental activities to encourage people to reconnect with their local environment, and established a community café for isolated older residents in Cam Woodfields. 

 In addition, they have provided support for a number of other local community groups including helping Breakheart Community Project raise £37,000 in funding for  the development of new facilities.  Revitalising the Chantry Centre in Dursley has also been key to their activities over the past twelve months, which has seen World Jungle establish an office in the centre, run numerous events and help develop funding strategies to improve facilities.  Ben Ward continues:


“We are very proud of our achievements  in what has been a difficult year for the Voluntary and Community Sector  generally and we  hope to build on this for 2014/15.”



What’s cooking in Tetbury?

The school summer holidays are just around the corner and children across the Cotswolds will be eager to explore a range of new activities and have fun.  What could be better than a stint as a budding chef making yummy meals that will appeal to the whole family?

Cotswold District Council’s Summer off the Streets holiday activity programme, run by World Jungle, is offering young would-be Jamie Olivers the chance to create two great dishes that they can take home for the family tea.

Between 11 am and 1 pm on Monday 28 July, World Jungle will be hosting a ‘Cool Cooks!’ fun activity session at the Dolphins Hall in Tetbury for children aged from 8 to 11 years.  The children will receive all the ingredients, equipment and expert tuition that they need to create a delicious savoury salad and some more-ish fridge flapjacks.  The cost per child is £6 and the activity must be booked online in advance at – attendees are advised to bring an apron and wear clothes which can cope with being stained.

This is just one of the many Summer off the Streets activities on offer this year and many of them are free, including the circus and parachute fun event at the Abbey Grounds, Cirencester on Tuesday 29 July as part of Love Parks Week. For details of the whole programme see

 Cllr Carole Topple, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities at Cotswold District Council, said:

 “I am very impressed by the range of fun things to do in the Summer off the Streets programme, most of which are completely in tune with new guidelines regarding healthy activity for young people.  I think that local children will be almost spoilt for choice as there really is something for everyone.  The ‘Cool Cooks!’ course is very appealing because it teaches new skills, accords with healthy eating guidelines, and there is a delicious end product as well.  Who knows – it might even inspire one of the young trainees to become a future Master Chef.”


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Summer Holiday Fun in Dursley!

Looking for things to do with the children this summer holiday? Here is one suggestion which won’t cost the earth and promises to keep the whole family thoroughly entertained for the afternoon…

World Jungle is organising another FREE family fun day event on Thursday 31 July from 1pm-4pm.  The event marks the conclusion of their lottery funded ‘All in one Rhythm’ programme which saw a whole range of free events and workshops themed around the Brazilian World Cup and Carnival throughout June and July.

 The Fun Day will take place at the Chantry Centre in Long Street, Dursley using both Lister Hall and the ‘secret garden’ outdoor space.  Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy a whole range of indoor and outdoor activities including arts & crafts, face painting, circus skills, table tennis, drumming and more! Event organiser, Ben Ward explains:

 “Over the past couple of months this  project aimed to make the World Cup an exciting family event, bringing the community together and making it fun, even for those who don’t like football!


 Whilst some of the football was disappointing, we had fantastic feedback from local people attending our events, who loved the theme of Brazil and Carnival coming out through carnival arts and crafts, samba drumming and capoeira displays and workshops.


 Over 200 people attended our Fun Day held back in the May half-term holiday.  We often have feedback from people that it is really important to have family events during the school holidays that won’t break the bank and are right here on their doorstep, so we decided to host our final event in this programme during the long summer break.”


Lead by World Jungle, the project is with thanks to funding from the BIG Lottery’s ‘Awards for All’ programme.  For more information, please contact Ben Ward at World Jungle on 07889 512644, visit or email



Catch them while you can! – book your summer activities now

With the school holidays fast approaching, there has already been a healthy demand for many of Cotswold District Council’s ‘Summer off the Streets’ (SOTS) activities organised by World Jungle.

Both the Multi-media workshop and Survival Skills workshop are already fully booked and other activities, which must be reserved in advance, are also filling up fast. 

Jane Manning of World Jungle said:

 “There are still places available for the other courses which require reservations and a small fee such as Cool Cooks, Funky Fashion, Cool Drawing and Creative Felt.  However, I would advise anyone interested to put their name down as soon as possible.

 “Obviously, no bookings are necessary for the FREE community fun days which are taking place across the district throughout July and August.  The first one is at the Abbey Grounds in Cirencester on Tuesday 29 July to tie in with ‘Love Parks’ week.” 

 Here are a taste of some of the activities in the programme:

 Cool Cooks  – 11 am to 1 pm, Monday 28 July at Dolphins Hall, Tetbury

 Learn how to make two delicious treats to take home with you – delicious fridge flapjacks and a yummy savoury salad.  All ingredients and equipment provided – bring own apron and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Age 8-11 years.


Cool Drawing – Friday 15 August, 10 am to 12 noon at St Lawrence Church Centre, Cirencester and 2pm to 4 pm at Moreton Area Centre

 Join artist and illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis in this fast-paced, dynamic drawing session. Create, draw and then animate simple characters – you will be amazed by the results. Age 7-12 years.


Funky Fashion – Tuesday 19 August, 10 am to 12 noon in Stow-on-the-Wold and 2pm to 4pm in Lechlade

 Come and join this fantastic fashion and costume making workshop using a variety of found materials. You can create your own ‘wear’ from top-to-toe. Age 9 years plus


Felt Making from 10 am to 12 noon on Friday 29 August at St Lawrence Church Centre, Cirencester

 Have fun with fibres and colour, making a hand-rolled felt picture, a case for your MP3 player or mobile phone, or flowers to wear in your hair. All materials and equipment are provided. Wear suitable old clothes and bring a bottle of water. Age 7 years plus.


To see the full range of activities in the Cotswolds this summer holiday – including an impressive range of free non-bookable events –  and details about how to reserve and pay for courses which require a fee, please go to the World Jungle website  or telephone 01285 623407.

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World Jungle’s European Success

Jane Manning and Ben Ward from Dursley-based community organisation World Jungle have successfully completed the final phase of a two-year long European Learning project as one of just two organisations representing Great Britain.

Their final visit at the end of last month to Aliaga, Turkey, marked the end of the European funded project which aimed to promote learning to disadvantaged groups across the UK and Europe.

The Grundtivig Learning Partnership project called ‘Beyond the Book’ brought together learning professionals, artists, 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 disadvantaged groups including school leavers, youth at risk, elderly and the long term unemployed. Through learning the skills of video production, the group explored how other key learning skills are embedded in the process and how this can be a fantastic way to engage learners who struggle with a straight classroom-based approach.

Over the past two years the group have come together in Tubingen in Germany, Vienna, Milan, Budapest and Aliaga, western Turkey. It is not the first European project World Jungle has been involved with and the organisation is keen to develop its multi-national partnerships further , whilst also sharing its experiences and knowledge with organisations at home too.
Ben Ward, Director said:

“We are very proud to have been part of this project. In Aliaga we presented our short film and learning outcomes to over one hundred Turkish representatives from different education establishments, explaining how this innovative approach could be taken forward and applied at ground level.


Creating videos can support non-traditional learners to develop a range of key skills including literacy, numeracy, problem solving, team work and IT to name a few. It provides the learner with an innovative and exciting learning experience based around ‘real-world’ needs.”

Now back in Dursley, the couple are keen share what they have learned from the project with UK learning organisations, offering advice and training to learning providers around how this innovative ‘problem-based learning’ approach could support disadvantaged groups.