EXPLORING NATURE: A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

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A LITTLE
ABOUT US

I have a 20 year history working in social care with a variety of client groups with additional needs.  I currently work part time as a youth worker for Portsmouth City Council.  I also work part time at Itchen Valley Country Park delivering Outdoor Learning and Forest School to children and young people of all ages.  I have also run a Home Education Outdoor Education/Forest School group at Hilsea Lines since May 2017.

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My passion to become a Forest School Leader was ignited through my work in horticulture with young adults with learning disabilities.  Once introduced to the concept I was immediately smitten with the ethos that put the individual firmly at the centre of the process. What impressed me was how the process focused on the individual, looking at their needs and desires but also their innate motivation to learn and develop given the right opportunities, environment and encouragement. I was really impressed by how the process allowed learners the freedom to choose their own path.  Supported them to grow and develop for themselves facilitating the time and space to explore; all the while enjoying themselves and having fun in the outdoors.

Children these days don’t spend as much time outdoors with the freedom to roam that I had as a child. Through my Forest School sessions I want to rectify this and encourage children to get outdoors and experience the joys of the natural world around them.  I want to improve their health, promote their happiness and help them learn new skills.  I want to see them gain in confidence, become independent, enjoy a sense of achievement and gain the ability to become more resilient.

However, Forest School and being in the outdoors doesn’t just benefit children, it benefits everybody. My mission with Exploring Nature is to get people of all ages outside enjoying the natural world and observing the flora and fauna on their doorstep.  I have decided to become a social enterprise, hopefully a charity because I want everybody to enjoy the benefits that nature can offer.  All profits from the business will be re-invested in services to ensure those who are most disadvantaged get access to the benefits that nature has to offer.

Now that I’m starting my own outdoor education business, I’m looking to recruit adults, children and their families who share these goals and want to learn, grow and develop with me, whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

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BENEFITS OF ACTIVITIES

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Our Testimonials

Session was fun and it was good to be in the outdoors as well as in a caring environment.

Kim R

Exploring Nature Group is a highlight of our week. The children gain so much from having this time learning outside, they enjoy joining in with the games and activities with their group. Even in the coldest winter sessions as soon as the fire is lit it all feels worth it!

Gemma H

A lovely morning spent making reindeers and memories. Well organised and explained by Sharon. Would definitely recommend and not just for festive fun. Thank you.

Deb N

Fun couple of hours making a reindeer and tree decoration out of wood and twigs today - pure escapism. Festive refreshments, with a campfire to warm through the mulled wine and mince pies. Well organised- thoroughly recommend.

Samantha G

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