This new, not-for-profit organisation brings together a group of professionals in Forest School, teaching, mental health and wellbeing, occupational health and therapeutic horticulture. Their aim is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people of all ages and capabilities through contact with nature.
Outdoors 4 All Together has particular expertise in working with children and young people that are ‘hard to reach’ and those who are coping with complex social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. Their work is evidence based: “Outdoor learning has the ability to enthuse, engage and support children of all learning abilities in reaching curricular aims alongside positive improvements to health and wellbeing.” Marchant et al (2019).
Outdoors 4 All and Outdoors 4 All Together use nature as the classroom and can offer both generalised and tailor-made programmes. They can adapt their delivery to meet any national curriculum objectives. The group has privileged access to a number of woodland and forest landscapes and are now working in partnership with Friends Resilience, programmes designed to reduce anxiety and depression in young people and endorsed by The World Health Organisation.