Embracing Nature is a year long project Nature Workshops is running in partnership with Parent Carer Council Cornwall, providing meaningful outdoor experiences for families with children with additional needs and disabilities.
From June 2016 – June 2017 we are supporting families with children with additional needs and disabilities through a series of sensory-based activity programmes. These programmes are designed to create a safe and accessible space where children and their families can explore natural play, fires and cooking, tool use, storytelling, nature-based arts and crafts and other sensory based activities. The activities support children with additional needs and disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem, develop emotional resilience and improve communication and social skills.
There are still a few sessions left to book onto this year! Have a look below and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book. For up to date information please go to our Embracing Nature Facebook page.
- Snorkelling at Durgan beach, Falmouth – Sat 13th May 12:00 – 15:00
A one-off chance to try snorkeling! Children must be able to swim to snorkel. There will be beach activities for the rest of the family. All equipment, snacks and drinks provided.
- Family & Siblings event at Perranporth beach – Wed 31st May 10:00 – 13:00
We’re partnering with the Sensory Trust to offer two sessions in one! Siblings will go rock pooling and exploring, while the rest of the family can join the Sensory Trust’s SNAP project team for sensory exploration, nature frames and making a sensory story!
- Family session near Saltash- Thurs 1st June 10:00-13:00
Woodland session for the whole family – den-building, games, nature-based crafts and cooking over the fire.
- Celebration event at Gweal an Tops, Redruth – Saturday 17th June 11:00-14:00 (drop-in)
Join us to celebrate the past year – have a go at all the woodland activities and games we’ve been doing in the woods, listen to a signing choir, have your face painted, have food around the fire – and more!
After-school Forest School clubs
We have been running 10-week Forest School programmes since last September, with lots of positive and useful feedback that we plan to use for future projects. Our project evaluation will set out in detail why this kind of outdoor provision for young people is so valuable and beneficial, and will give more detail on the clubs we’ve run this past year:
- September – December 2016 at Tehidy Woods, Camborne with local members of PCCC.
- December 2016 – May 2017 at Pencalenick Special School grounds, with Pencalenick pupils.
- February – May 2016 at Luxulyan woods with Tresor (formerly Doubletrees) Hostel boarders.
- February – May 2016 at Tehidy woods, Camborne with local members of PCCC.
Planning for the future
We are training three parents to be Level 3 Forest School Practitioners, in order for them to continue to offer families experiences in nature once the project has finished.
Our promotional video for ‘The Peoples Projects’ competition, shown on ITV Spotlight:
If you would like more information about the Embracing Nature project, you can contact Alex Skinner at email@example.com or call the Nature Workshops office on 01209 215211.