Of Course We Can

We are very proud to be a partner provide for the Of Course We Can programme managed by Active Impact on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council (GCC).  We are very grateful to GCC and the Barnwood Trust for the funding we received to make the project happen.

Our first project was Woodland Wonder in July 2017. Based on the Forest School model, 12 participants aged between 6 and 11 spent four magical days in our woods, learning new skills and making new friends. In the mix of abilities there were children with Autism, Downs Syndrome, ADHD, profound deafness, hyper mobility and poor mental health.

Here are a few photos  of the experience, with some of the feedback we received.

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Bow woman, and learning the necessary skills to make one

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Making a giant bird’s nest together, and time for a fireside story

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Team work making the bird’s nest, and a helping hand

Testimonial from Caroline Eardley, Of Course We Can Programme Manager

“It has been great working with Martin. He has demonstrated a real commitment to developing Sladebank Woods into an inclusive, accessible site where he and Kesty can share their love and knowledge of the natural environment with a wide range of disabled and non-disabled children and young people alike. It was magical to hear the children at the event I attended clamouring for mugs of fennel tea while tucking into damper bread they had cooked themselves over the camp fire!”

Feedback received about the Woodland Wonder project

“He (C) was very excited to be coming to day 2. Unusually we had no problem getting him out of the house”; Kerry, parent

“The bird theme and the nest building with sheep’s wool allowed individuals to act alone and together and jointly produce an amazing sensory experience”; Liam, helper

“She (R) discovered she is an amazing climber! She also worked out how to set up a pulley system and cutting a groove to hold the rope.” Simon, helper

“He (M) finds friendships difficult but he found he is very good at hide and seek and this connected the whole group and him to it”; Zoe, leader

“I want to say that I was totally overwhelmed by the amount of skill each person possesses and the wonderful power of intention. Thank you. Such inspiration. It brings so much joy to me to be involved in something so different to school! The collaboration is incredible and the standard is very high.” Kat, helper and school teacher

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