Spring to Life
Spring to Life is a project directed at young people who have experienced some form of mental health distress or may be having a tough time of it at home, work, school or socially. You may be a carer or have direct personal experience, this project helps you realise the recovery potential that positive time spent in the outdoors can have. The project draws on the stunning natural environment of Sharpham and the approach of ‘Take a Moment’ adopted by the staff team to help you through your difficulties.
Individuals are referred onto the programmes for one day per week, with programmes lasing up to 12 weeks. The project progresses you at your own pace through a programme of activities on the Sharpham Estate that hopes to improve your physical and mental health while supporting environmental conservation activities. Programmes are designed in consultation with a mental health specialist and other young people, and delivered in part by volunteer mentors with experience of mental health distress themselves.
The Sharpham Estate is 550 acres of woodlands, rivers, gardens, farmland and built heritage, offering an broad range of environmental activities including: conservation projects (e.g. tree planting, wildlife habitat enhancement), site management (creative sign work, woodland arts), woodland crafts (stool making, wood carving), willow weaving (basketry, sculptures), bush craft and survival skills (fire, shelter building, wild food cookery), outdoor sports (canoeing, fishing, orienteering), horticulture (organic gardening, orchard management), agriculture, health and well-being workshops (mindfulness, yoga), team-building and trust development.
Outcomes of the project are profound (link to case studies), making life enhancing change to young people’s lives.
Young people are referred to us via many varied routes and we are developing ways of continuing the project once project funding runs out.