Youth Mentoring Programme 

What is it?

A programme of fortnightly workshops for young people aged 13 - 19 focusing on skills learning, mentoring and wellbeing.

What does it involve?

Our mentoring group presents a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn from nature and develop new crafts and skills  whilst also sharing and learning ways to enhance mental health and wellbeing under the guidance of a skilled tutor and mentor. Our typical activities include woodland games, arts-and-crafts, leather working, pottery, carving, whittling, plant/tree identification, recycled and natural material jewellery-making, woodworking, bushcraft, campfire cookery, foraging, tracking and other nature-connection exercises. This year (2024) we also aim to run specialist courses in blacksmithing and silversmithing for teenagers, as well as canoeing and camping expeditions. There are also opportunities to get involved with our permaculture garden, and learn (by doing) how to build soil health, grow fruit, vegetables and flowers, create compost, biochar, no-dig beds, and create a wildflower garden. There is facilitated time for reflection, discussion, creative and wellbeing activities, fun and games. It is an ideal place for learning in a non-mainstream environment, and also for making friends and socialising with people of a similar age and interests. 

Who is it for?

It is for anyone aged 13 - 19 who enjoys being outdoors in nature. It is a non qualification group, but is suitable for Home Education learning experience. This group is also ideal for young people wishing to meet other young people in a relaxed but focused social environment. It might also be useful for those who are needing to find an enhanced sense of direction and purpose in life, and to this end, tutor Chris will create space within the days for mentoring discussions with individuals or the group as needed.

The Youth Mentoring Programme is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, enabling us to offer a highly subsidised rate of:

Cost: £10 per session: Concessions available.

Our 2024 season will begin in June.

Interested in joining this group? get in touch and tell us, and we'll contact you to arrange it.