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Spring to Life

NB: This project is not currently running and we are seeking further funding. For more information please contact Ben Ballard (Development Manager) [email protected] 

Spring to Life is a project for people in recovery from mental health related issues

The 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 a mindfulness approach we call ‘Take a Moment’ adopted by the staff team to support you through your difficulties.

Individuals are referred on to the programme for one day per week for 12 weeks. The project progresses you at your own pace through a programme of activities on the Sharpham Estate with the aim of helping improve your physical and mental health while supporting environmental conservation and opportunities for land based learning. Programmes are designed and led by an outdoor learning instructor, supported by a mental health professional alongside volunteer mentors with experience of mental health distress themselves and who have attended a previous programme 

The Sharpham Estate comprises 550 acres of woodlands, rivers, gardens, farmland and built heritage, offering a 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, making life enhancing change to people’s lives.

Please see our evaluation here