Nature Freedom is a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to empower, inspire, and connect young people under 35 from all walks of life (youth, disability, mental health, CALD, Indigenous backgrounds). Our organisation is all about inclusion, creating positive and meaningful access and opportunities for participation in the natural environment and employment for young people. The organisation was founded by Mathew Townsend in 2017. It is based on Mathew’s lived experiences and his belief there should be improved access and inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities and mental health to allow them to participate in nature-based activities and enhance their prospects of gaining meaningful and worthwhile employment. Everything we do is based on lived experiences and we aim to deliver quality and inclusive experiences co-designed by individuals with disabilities and the community. Nature Freedom aims to improve systemic challenges in infrastructure, landscape (natural environment), and employment barriers. We prioritise collaboration by connecting across Industry, Government, Private and Public Organisations, and Communities to form strong partnerships and develop better ideas for inclusion. Despite being a relatively young organisation Nature Freedom has won several awards and accolades. We are proud to have been named the 2020 Winner of the Queensland Government’s Encouraging Participation Award at the 2020 Outdoor Queensland Awards.
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