Work with young people.
Traditionally, Forest Schools work has been centred around early years’ education. Through our experience of Youth Work, we recognise and value the benefits that bringing youth work to a natural environment brings to young people.
The opportunity to explore, discover and do at Nant Y Glyn Forest school is wider than the context of the outdoor space, it also extends to peers, friendship, boundaries and self; enabling opportunities to build self- esteem, and trust.
We have extensive experience in working with marginalised and vulnerable groups, and believe that all young people should have opportunities in which they can thrive. Nant Y Glyn Forest School is just that.
Research shows that the process and nature of a Forest School experience and wider outdoor learning can bring many benefits to participants including:
- increased physical and mental health and wellbeing
- emotional literacy
- confidence and self-esteem
- communication skills
- group work
- problem solving
- greater knowledge and understanding of self, community and the natural environment.
The Forestry Commission has undertaken research which also explores the emotional impact of Forest Schools on young people and their learning environment: Forest school: evidence for restorative health benefits in young people.
Nant Y Glyn Forest School is run by professionally qualified Youth & Community workers, and our approach is underpinned by the Youth Work Principles, Children’s Rights, and the National Occupational Standards in Youth Work; promoting inclusion, equality and young people’s interests and welfare.
At Nant Y Glyn Forest School, we are particularly keen to work with young people aged 11 to 25 where we aim to engage participants in a process of personal, social and educational development. We have experience in working with young people from various backgrounds including those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and other marginalised groups.
Taking a Youth Work approach to Forest School facilitation we specifically seek to:
- Facilitate learning and development of young people through youth work and critical dialogue
- Promote young people’s self-awareness, confidence and participation
- Work with young people in promoting their rights
- Safeguard the health and welfare of young people
- Promote inclusion, equality and diversity
“Very best of luck with the Forest School and we look forward to our young carers taking part over many years to come!”
“Enjoyed it more than I thought I would – not the sort of thing I would normally do”Young person
“The best lunch time I have ever had”Young person