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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 the wider community.

Westonbirt Wellbeing

A therapeutic nature-based programme of hands-on activities for mental health and wellbeing.

Sessions aim to restore a sense of calm through facilitated visits, which invite individuals to share quality time with others in the group.

Participants will discover the beauty of Westonbirt and learn news facts and skills.

Within the Westonbirt Wellbeing programme we can offer:

One day visits

One day three hour single visits suited for befriending groups, day care centres, carer respite groups, dementia groups, brain injury rehabilitation etc.

Multi-visit programmes

Full day multi-visit programmes for usually six consecutive sessions suited for mental health groups, drug and alcohol rehabilitation groups etc.

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

Branching Out

Bring Westonbirt to you with our outreach programme, which invites groups to take part in sensory games, handle tactile natural objects and learn about the uses of trees.

Using multi-sensory activities, the programme helps trigger memories and encourage conversations to help people share their experiences of trees and nature.

Sessions usually last between 60-90 minutes. Activities highlight the diversity of our seasons 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

The woodland programme is designed to be holistic and involves a range of activities in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.

It will include a range of practical, creative and self-development skills.

The programme can be adapted to meet the needs of the 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, our Community Inclusion Officer by email or by calling 0300 067 4852.  
Last updated: 20th October 2016


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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