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Our support programs are run by a team of experienced forest school leaders, a trained counsellor and volunteers. They are designed to help young people develop emotionally, improve well being ,self-confidence and resilience. Young people referred to us may have suffered ACE’s (adverse childhood experiences) such as trauma, bereavement, abuse, parental addiction, resulting in low self-esteem, poor mental health and difficulties at school. The sessions for teenagers are run on a weekly basis in term time and are held outdoors in woodland and natural places. Young people take part in woodland activities and crafts including, campfire cooking, green woodwork, woodland art and nature activities. We provide a safe space to talk and can signpost young people for further support if needed. We are applying for funding to be able to continue our sessions with teenagers as our funding for this runs out at Christmas. Also for funding to help our organisation with running and equipment costs.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
More then ever young people are struggling with poor mental health and difficulties in coping with the pressures of social media and exam stress. It is estimated that 1 in 10 children suffer from mental health problems and that 70% of these do not get the health and support they need in a timely manner (Mental Health Foundation 2018).
Steps to get it done:
About the space
Chichester and surrounding areas
Chichester District Council