Our Wild Tribe
September 2020 to March 2021
DE-FRY (Deep Ecology for Rural Youth) Project..
This 6 month project will provide opportunity for 15 young people between 11-14 years old.
Our first funded completely online project in response to Covid-19 and the impact of lockdown and social isolation on our mental health.
We will be running engaging activities designed around the natural world and key life skills, designed for home-based participation, participants will have fun, by connecting with others, exploring and learning about the natural world, creativity, and develop communication skills, individual confidence and motivation, well-being and resilience.
Woven throughout DE-FRY is iHeart training (Innate Health Education and Resilience Training) which is a new language and curriculum in mental health, well-being and resilience. ( https://iheartprinciples.com )
We are working with Back to the Wild Partners to provide additional activities via our you Tube Channel. Which include:
Stone Age Experts
A creative writing specialist
Recycled materials 'Music Making Master Class'
An inspirational Local ceramist and youth ecologist.
Funded by the Coronavirus Community Support Fund distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.
On going projects
In early March 2020 we ran an outdoor teambuilding day for 30 staff members from Worcestershire Early Intervention Family Support. Several people had attended previous B2W projects with groups of children and all were given skills and activities to take back and use in their work with young people.
This summer, we have not run any of the planned projects due to Covid-19, but have maintained contact with the organizations we work with and interacted with them virtually. Using the new equipment from the Fastershire grant, we recorded a couple of short films in collaboration with partner organizations that were made available during HGF online.
The project we were due to run in August with Strong Young Minds, a Hereford-based mental health charity, was cancelled on the day due to a member of their team having Covid symptoms, but we recorded a ‘Creative clay’ film and ‘Meadow-tation’ (meditative walk through Hellens grounds) for them to use with young people online.
We ran two projects inOctober half term with HOPE support services online!
2019 Projects in Hallwood included;
Early Intervention Family Support (Worcester) 1 x Day project for young people and staff
8 children (5-11 yrs) and 6 staff members
Early Intervention Family Support (Worcester) 1 x Day project for young people, parents/carers and staff
4 young people (5-11 yrs) 8 Parents/Carers and 4 staff members
Strong Young Minds – Young people aged 13 – 24 years with varied mental health issues, young champions and staff.
11 Young People and 3 members of staff
HOPE Support Services , young people (5-11 years) and staff 1 x Day
10 children and 3 staff members
HOPE Support Services , young people (11-19 years) and staff 1 x 2 Day Residential
13 young people, 2 x staff members and 1 volunteer
Members of the public, parents and children at Hellens Garden Festival 2019, in collaboration with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (HWT)/Wild Play with volunteer help from HOPE support young people and staff.
Hope Y team day, October 2019
15 -24 years old X 9
Aim of session: To bring a new cohort of Y-Team together, works as a team, build on relationships, increase self awareness & learn individual strengths and weaknesses.
Nature connection, basket weaving - making lanterns, campfire cooking, night walk.
Hellens Garden Festival has donated 25% of its profits to the B2W Project since 2015. This pays for planning and delivery of projects and has enabled us to reach more young people than before. In October 2018 Back to the Wild attained CIC status.
2018 we ran HOPE residentials, with the Strong Young Minds, Early intervention Family support family sessions
2017 HGF activities, including 2017 ‘wild at art’ with link to hgf website?
E.I.F.S (Worcester) Family Support (2 x Day Family project activities)
St. Michaels’s Hospice / Hope Support Services (2 Day residential)
FCA – Foster Carers Association (1 X Day activities for kids and carers)
Members of the public/children at Open (Wild at ‘Art) session
Members of the public/children at Hellens Garden Festival
We have loved working with other partner organisations. Such as the Herefordshire Forest School Association and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. Sharing skills and best practice for staff and volunteers.
Katrina Preston - B2W Director
It was really very special to be able to host both the Outdoor learning conferences with the Herefordshire Forest School Association at Hellens in 2017 & 2019. Welcoming and meeting so many like minded Forest school practitioners.
Kat Terry - B2W Director