From Autumn 2017 we began offering regular sessions for adult clients (19+) from across North Devon.
These sessions are being offered for people who have experienced mental or emotional difficulties, feel isolated from others in the local community or feel that they would benefit from guided reflection and relaxation time in nature.
The days are spent together with the aim of building up a community. During the day, we will split into smaller groups, guided by our team members, to provide extra input and value to the activity and provision made for short bursts of individual time exploring the woods. We’ll be cooking lunch, taking part in craft activities and making the opportunity to learn and develop new skills under the supervision of experienced team members. The nature of activities is similar to those carried out in Forest School sessions, many of which have therapeutic benefits that aim to facilitate and enhance curiosity for knowledge of the natural environment and crafts. All activities are planned to help participants to develop confidence, self-esteem and self-help strategies focusing on the ‘Process’ rather than the end product.
After 3 weeks of the initial Pilot Project, we ran a longer term pilot project up until Christmas, with the intention of gaining funding that will enable us to run the programme as a long term ongoing project.
In 2018 we were delighted to receive sufficient grant funding from the Devon Community Foundation, The National Lottery Community Fund and Tescos Bags of Help to enable us to secure the Wellbeing in Nature sessions until February 2020
The sessions throughout the year during school term time, on Thursdays from 11am until 2:30pm.
Maximum benefits will be experienced by participants that attend sessions regularly over a significant period of time (10 weeks or more). The regular contact with staff and familiarity with the site and activities carried out help the clients to develop increased confidence as their familiarity and confidence increase over time.
Equipment Needed: Participants are advised to wear old clothes and sturdy shoes/boots that can get muddy. Waterproofs are needed if it is raining and warm layers are needed in cold weather. (we may be able to lend some waterproofs and wellies if necessary, but we only have a limited supply). We suggest spare clothing for an extra layer or ‘just in case’ but not essential.
We will provide hot and cold drinks and snacks during the day and we will cook lunch together on the campfire (lunch will usually be vegetarian to ensure that it is available to all). We will provide all necessary tools and equipment.
To download a Wellbeing in Nature referral form please click one of these links:
To download a Participant consent/indemnity form please click this link: