Be Wild and Thrive aims to strengthen the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of children/young people with disabilities, and their siblings, by facilitating practical nature-based activities in our 3-acre woodland. Accessing, learning about and connecting with nature will help them to thrive.
Due to complex care and support needs, many children/young people with disabilities have limited opportunities to access and experience the joys of nature. Their siblings/young carers are also less likely to engage in extracurricular/social activities and most Special Schools do not have the space or resources for Nature Play. Missing out on experiences in the great outdoors can lead to poor physical and mental wellbeing, and greater stress and isolation for these children and their families.
Our Be Wild and Thrive project creates opportunities for children to thrive by accessing and connecting with nature. Based in our 3-acre wild woodland, the programme of activities is led by our part-time Nature Play specialist. To meet demand, we will increase the number of sessions so that we can offer daily Nature Play activities to children attending our holiday scheme and pupils from schools during term-time, and also facilitate practical sessions for siblings/young carers and families.