Theft and Arson – A sad day for our project.
Sadly, on the weekend of 11th November our wood was broken into and our site destroyed by theft and fire. We have been overwhelmed by all the support people have given us. We will carry on working with our groups, both young people, adults and families.
Our Facebook page has all the news, updates and details of a Just Giving Page that was set up by one of our supporters.
The project is now a Core Programme Provider for Live Well Kent and The Shaw Trust. A 12 week programme is being delivered for adults with a range of mental health issues. Sessions have been focusing on improving confidence, self esteem, relationships and positive well-being. The participants have been involved in a number of projects including, mindfulness and meditation, woodland walks, fire lighting, camp cooking, staff making and horticulture. More programmes will be offered later in the year.
Update on Nineveh Funding
With thanks to funding from Nineveh Charitable Trust we have been able to run a years worth of development days and camps for young people and their families. We have had the pleasure to work with many groups such as Salus,Kent Youth Offending Team, Ashford ASD, Woodcraft Folk and families within our community. It has been an amazing year. Thank you for all your support. We look forward to working with many deserving young people and their families next year.
March Wood Allotment Project
With thanks to Ashford Borough Council, our allotment is almost complete. We have lots growing and more to plant over the next few months. Schools and youth groups have worked hard to help us get the allotment ready. We will be inviting local primary schools to come and have ‘grow your own’ sessions and supplying veg boxes to those most at need in our community.
Corporate Team Building Events
Try something different to the office based team day. Visit our 100 acre woodland and engage in an interactive team building event aimed to increase communication, team dynamics, resourcefulness as well as having a really fun day.
Lottery Funded Archery
Thanks to Sport England Lottery Funding, the project is now offering archery as part of their programmes to young people and adults. Young people that attend the project as part of their alternative curriculum programme will now be able to learn new skills that can be used to gain Unit Awards and also help if they are working towards becoming a Young Sports Leader within their school. The project is also running after school archery clubs and an Adult Disability Archery group each week.
If you could like to get involved with one of the groups please get in touch.
ASDA Green Token Scheme
Thank you to Asda and the people of Ashford for choosing our project in Asda’s Green Token Scheme. We came 2nd which is amazing and we really value all the support we have received. The money donated from Asda will buy equipment so that we can run woodland archery sessions for disabled adults.
Our work with Young Offenders
This February we ran a week long Personal Development Programme with young people referred to us from Kent Youth Offending Team. With funding from The Nineveh Charitable Trust, the project worked with young people to help address anti- social behaviour, building positive relationships and taught skills that will help aid their transition back into education.
We encouraged the young people to engage in team work, problem solving and life skills. Activities such as safety around fire, camp cooking, looking after habitats, woodland management and survival games all helped build confidence, communication and life skills. The young people were able to notice and reflect on what they had learnt, how they can manage their behaviour and through group discussion how these skills could be transferred into their everyday lives. Part of the week was spent within the local community helping to maintain a flower bed on a housing estate.
With funding from the Nieneveh Charitable Trust, we have been running personal development programmes for young people during the school holidays. So far we have worked with young people that have been referred from Salus, The Salvation Army and Little Acorns Residential Care Home and Ashford ASD. The programmes have included team building activities, life skills, confidence building and play using the woodland as a natural and holistic venue. The programmes also included an element of mentoring where we had discussions around education, anti-social behaviour, peer pressure and how to manage behavior and emotions.
Further programmes are planned for the year with Kent Youth Offending Team.
Woodland Family Days
Dates for our Woodland Family Days are now available. Spaces are available for up to 8 families for each event. The day will include learning fire lighting skills, den building, communal cooking and an opportunity for families to spend quality time together sharing new experiences.