*NEW* Book your school or youth group or home school students in for a session at our woodland. Prices starting from £7.50 per head. See here for details

2019/2020 Prices for 1:1 support available now. See our 1:1 Outdoors page for details

“We have sent students to the 1:1 in forest mentoring.  This has had terrific results for some of our most vulnerable students who have returned to us reenergised and excited about experiences that were previously beyond their grasp.  On top of this we have also taken a number of groups to the ‘WAM forest’ space under a number of different scenarios always with excellent results for the students who have attended.  The space allows out students to challenge themselves in an unknown environment pushing their personal limits under the most caring and professional tutelage.  Students have the ability to experience situations previously foreign to them as well as learn new skills that improve their levels of determination perseverance and resilience.  These learnt skills and the life skills that they harness and improve can then be transferred when back in school.”
Kerala Cole, Director of Inclusion at Cleeve School

What is WAM Outdoors?
Based at our own Woodland near Evesham our Outdoors Alternative Provision Project offers young people the opportunity to build confidence through learning new skills, develop resilience and perseverance through overcoming challenges and working as a team. Activities range from traditional forestry including coppicing and charcoal making; wood carving and small carpentry projects; tree identification & animal tracking; outdoor cooking, bushcraft and expedition skills. For vulnerable and at risk young people the outdoor environment provides a therapeutic backdrop that brings a sense of perspective and space that a classroom environment is less able to.

Why WAM Outdoors?

“weekly sessions help influence his behaviour, relationships and risk taking improving positively”
(A Young Person’s Social Worker)

“Since having supportive, trusted male mentors in his life who are passionate and skilled about nature and the outdoors, he has changed his attitude towards life and is happier, less angry and more positive about his future.”
(A Young Person’s Educational Psychologist)

 

The project developed out of our community mentoring project from a recognition of the benefits of positive physical activity in the outdoors that connects vulnerable and at risk young people with the natural environment. It is particularly suited to those young people who have challenges accessing mainstream education but also beneficial as a reward activity or as a respite activity. We offer group sessions as well as intensive support for those who may benefit from 1:1 or 2:1 support. Please contact us on info@wamyouth.org.uk for more information or to make a referral.

We also run regular overnight hikes/camps and longer trips during school holidays.

We are a youth work charity and do our best to try to understand young people. Therefore we are committed to placing their needs before any programme and to persevering in building positive relationships based on trust and mutual respect. We believe this takes time and that we will see the most benefit to a young person when consistent support over a significant period of time is offered, rather than short term or one off interventions. With this in mind we place a high value on consistency of staff and operate with high ratios of staff to young people.

For more information please contact us on info@wamyouth.org.uk