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Community Inclusion Programme for adults

Enabling older and vulnerable adult community groups to experience Westonbirt’s unique landscape and its therapeutic benefits to health and wellbeing.

The programme also offers sensory outreach visits to those who are unable to visit.

Westonbirt Wellbeing

A therapeutic nature-based programme of hands-on activities for your health and wellbeing. Our sessions aim to help you restore a sense of calm, build resilience and share quality time with others.

During your visit you can explore the beauty of Westonbirt, find out new things about trees from around the world, and discover ways that might help you improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

Within the Westonbirt Wellbeing programme we can offer:

One day visits

A single three-hour visit aimed at befriending groups, day care centres, carer respite groups, dementia groups, brain injury rehabilitation etc.

Multi-visit programmes

A multi-visit programme, usually for six consecutive weeks, aimed at mental health groups, drug and alcohol rehabilitation groups etc.

Specific programmes vary depending on the season and interests and needs of the group, but may include traditional woodland crafts, nature printing and mindfulness-based activities.

Branching Out

We can bring Westonbirt to you! Our outreach programme is aimed at people living in residential care homes and includes a multi-sensory exploration of Westonbirt's tree collection.

The programme aims to help trigger your memories and encourage you to share your experiences of trees and nature.

Sessions usually last between 60-90 minutes. Activities highlight things of seasonal interest and may include exploring scented apothecary jars, looking at pine cones, bird nests and eggs, and tactile experiences with wooden tree discs.

Nurtured by Nature

Our multi-visit woodland programme is aimed at vulnerable adult groups such as those recovering from addiction or mental health issues. It involves a range of activities in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.

The programme can be adapted to meet the needs of your group, but activities could include learning ancient woodland management skills, fire lighting and creative, natural craft activities.

As part of the programmes participants can achieve the John Muir Award.

More information 

  • To get involved contact Rachel, our Community Inclusion Officer, by email or by calling 0300 067 4870.  
Last updated: 9th December 2016

Contact

Community Inclusion Officer

0300 0674870
rachel.tomlinson@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

What's of interest

We have worked with some wonderful organisations through our community inclusion programme for adults.

  • Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • P3 Community Services
  • Brain Injury Trust
  • The Churn Project
  • Gloucester Rural Community Council
  • Fairshare Stroud
  • Independence Trust
  • Bristol Drug Project
  • Cambrian Green Dementia Day Service
  • Yercombe Lodge Day Care Centre
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Cotswold Friends
  • Hunters Care Home
  • Ashley House Care Home
  • Ilsom House Care Home
  • The Hollies Care Home
  • Minchinhampton Horsfall House Care Home

Thanks to everyone who has been involved and helped us to shape our programmes!

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