Guideposts Forest School Project wast established over 3 years ago to give children and young people with additional needs a chance to explore and enjoy the natural environment through hands-on play and team-building in Woodland locations.

The project is based on Forest School themed interventions, which encourages children to explore the great outdoors through hands on play and outdoor learning.

Activities are ‘child led’ and ‘adult facilitated’. Sessions offer a range of fun and learning activities, based on the child’s interests. Examples include:

* Shelter-building (natural & man-made)

* Use of tools to develop whittling skills

* Art activities such as making Clay Faces on trees and playing in the puddles

* Exploring the properties of mud and how it changes in relation to rainfall

* Orienteering

* Tree, leaf and wildlife identification

* Insect hunting and collecting

* Tracking

During the sessions group members learn a wide variety of new things including: safety in the woods, listening to and following instructions; physical, emotional and social boundaries; how to manage risks safely and working as a group as well as exploring things and learning as an individual. More than anything children have fun and are fascinated by the natural environment.

The sessions are hands-on and take place in all weathers except high winds and thunderstorms.

What are the benefits?

Sessions at Wild Times benefit children and young people in a wide variety of ways, including:

* Higher levels of self esteem and confidence

* Freedom of choice

* Independence

* Practical life-skills

* Social skills and making new friendships

* Opportunities to effect change and see change happening

When are the sessions?

Sessions run from 10am-4pm every Saturday all year round.

Who do I contact to find out more?

To chat more about the project and to make a booking please contact the facilitator Tim Hooper [email protected] 01993 893 560

See you in the woods for fun, learning and Adventure!