Eastleigh Young Carers Project have been trialling a new type of therapeutic activity with their Young Carers thanks to a £500 donation from Curves in Eastleigh.
At the start of the Easter holidays a group of 25 young carers were invited to step into the woods to reconnect with nature. The group spanned all ages, from 8 to 18, and all took something
special away from the day to help them cope in day to day life. Curves fundraised for the project over Christmas period which allowed this opportunity for self-exploration in an active outdoor environment to take place. The session was facilitated by Eastleigh Young Carers Activities Coordinator and Rewilding
Eco Therapist, Kay Burton, who said:
Rewilding is something we have wanted to introduce to our vulnerable young carers for some time. In an era of austerity, it is important we can emotionally support our young carers, but also teach them ways to take care of their own emotional health. It is the perfect combination of being active, both physically and mentally, which has been shown to improve wellbeing. We are very grateful to the team at Curve’s for funds donated.”
Rewilding is an up and coming concept that encourages participants to reconnect with nature and renew your energy through channelling that of the natural environment. It provides time and space away from the humdrum of daily life, and the technology
that comes with that. It is reconnecting with primal instincts through a variety of meditation, mindfulness, art and music.
The children in attendance were a little sceptical at first, but after a thorough ‘forest bathe’ (walking through the woods in silence listening to the sounds and using all your senses to tune into the woodland) they were hooked. One young carer commented:
I had such an amazing time today, it was a fun experience, and I learnt a lot”.
It made me feel really relaxed and comfortable in my own skin. Eastleigh Young Carers is like its own little family”
If you would like to support Eastleigh Young Carers Project through donations, volunteering, or awareness raising, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 023 8090 2462.
If you would like to find out more about Rewilding Eco Therapy please contact Kay Burton via the Into The Woods Facebook page.