We need your help for our Crowdfunding campaign!
Please help us to reach our target – The Woodland Project funds woodland-based days for families with a child with severe learning disabilities and teenagers with mental health difficulties. We are now Crowdfunding to support the future of the Project.
The Woodland Project in East Sussex offers days out in nature for families who have a child with a severe physical or learning disability, families who have a child experiencing mental health issues and 11-18 year olds who are accessing mental health services. The Woodland Project allows these families to spend quality time together, relax in their natural surroundings, free of distractions and judgement.
Run by Circle of Life Rediscovery and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, the project is funded solely through donations and external funding.
Each family is supported by a Circle of Life Rediscovery team member and CAMHS FISS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service Family Intensive Support Service) member. We share food, set up family & child-led activities, provide wellbeing moments e.g head massage, and offer a range of swings, hammocks, tools for crafting and fire-making! We expect families to see their children having many ‘firsts’, from trying new activities, being more independent and experiencing risky activities.
You could pledge:
- £20 for vital equipment and materials
- £45 for food that we cook together on the fire
- £120 for a head massage for a parent
- £960 for a whole family to spend the day together in the woods with 2 support staff
“This project is one of the most valuable things we have. I don’t think of it as therapy when I am here, it feels like a family day. It is difficult to find things we can do with my daughter. Here there are understanding people, who are able to keep her occupied which enables us to have a family day out. Often we are protecting her or others. Here it is relaxing, it’s not about protection and this is really, really rare.” Parent.
“We have never used a service for the whole family before. We don’t get out much, I think this is the longest my son has spent outside in living memory. This is phenomenally good. He is safe and the girls are happily occupied, we haven’t had that kind of freedom before, today has given us a different perspective that it is possible.” Parent
Thank you for supporting our crowdfunding campaign.
Circle of Life Rediscovery is a community interest company based in East Sussex that aims to transform education, health and family through nature. They provide unique nature-based experiences and training for young people, adults, families and schools.