Our participants have self-referred, others have come through groups such as Sanctuary Housing and the local Link Centres. Within this short time a small community has begun to develop with the participants that come regularly. Friendships are beginning to form, skills and experiences are being shared, friends are invited to come along and volunteer, a wider network is beginning to grow.
Lunch is usually a soup cooked on the fire and a time for the group to come to share the meal together. So many times, we’ve sat down for lunch and before you know it time has flown by, the washing up needs doing and it’s time to go home!
For me it’s like ‘magic’ as I facilitate the sessions with Stuart Young we observe how people’s confidence in the woodland surroundings grow and with this so does their connections with others. We’ve been able to create a non-judgemental environment which allows people to share their skills, knowledge and experiences.
With the funding from Recovery Devon not only has it broadened our community it has also enabled us to gather much needed evidence that has helped us to secure further funding.