Projects & Events
On going projects
This year will see us continue to work with new and existing partners running day project's.
HOPE support services.
Wild Tribe - we will continue to work with the young people from our DEFRY project (see below in past projects 2021 or find the project report at the bottom of the page). With plans to open this wider for more young people to join!
Wild Tots - connecting children under 5 years with their parent/ carers with the natural world through weekly seasonal sessions in Hall wood, Spring through to Autumn.
Hellens Garden Festival - 2 day festival held at Hellens for the people, plants and planet. 25% of its profits is donated to B2W.
11th and 12th June 2022
‘Growing the Future – The Revolution starts here’
Hellens produce markets - we will be supporting the produce market, promoting our work and running simple free activities for children and young people to join in with.
Autumn Outdoor learning conference ... watch this space!
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.
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.
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 in October half term with HOPE support services online!
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.
We ran HOPE residentials, with the Strong Young Minds, Early intervention Family support family sessions
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 is really very special to be able to host the Outdoor learning conferences with the Herefordshire Forest School Association at Hellens in 2017, 2019 and 2021.
Welcoming and meeting so many like minded Forest school practitioners.
Kat Terry - B2W Director