Forest Time

“Forest Time has given me hope.”

“I’ve done lots of things here I didn’t think I could do.”

“I actually enjoy being with my children on a Tuesday.”

What is Forest Time?
Forest Time is a new idea which combines the ideas of Forest School and Strengths Based Family Work. It is an outdoor family support service that works with family groups with children under the age of 18. It happens during the day, once a week for 10 weeks in term time.

Why do families come to Forest Time?
Families can be very complicated because everyone is unique. Each person thinks and talks about things in a different way, and each person has different ideas, feelings, worries and strengths. All kinds of changes can make family life more stressful. Some families find their own ways to manage these changes, and some families find it much harder, for all kinds of reasons. Forest Time is here to help parents and children feel better, get on better and enjoy things more.

What does ‘family’ mean?
At Forest Time we use ‘family’ is to describe any group of people who care about each other and call themselves a family. As well as parents and children of all ages, they may also involve grandparents, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, cousins, close friends. We try to include whoever is important to the family and we respect the importance of each person’s beliefs, culture, and life experiences.

How might Forest Time help Families?
Forest Time helps family members work together, grow in confidence and communicate, understand and support each other in positive ways. Forest Time staff try to help everyone to feel safe so they can try out new outdoor activities and learn new skills, and work together to make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.

Some of the activities we do in a Forest time session:
• Cooking a meal over the fire
• Playing in the woods
• Learning to use tools
• Building dens
• Art and craft using natural things
• Climbing trees
• Putting up tarps and hammocks
Forest Time is run by qualified Forest School leaders and Family Support workers that work in close partnership, and with other agencies involved with families to ensure a holistic team-around-the-family approach.

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