Bounce Back Lockdown Recovery

Bounce Back Lockdown Recovery is a nature-based therapeutic, skills development and resilience building programme for young people aged 13-25 in the Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon area of Essex who are dealing with unprecedented pressures due to Covid.

Young people across Essex have had to deal with unprecedented pressures due to Covid. Not only have many lost the thread of education and training, but they have also experienced a wide range of high impact issues affecting their mental wellbeing. At the Wilderness Foundation we have a long history of holistic, early intervention work, supporting vulnerable groups and individual clients with the healing power of nature and the outdoors. Our Bounce Back Lockdown Recovery programme, funded by the UK Government and commissioned for Essex Youth Services by Essex County Council, is able to provide support for young people aged 13-18 and SEND 16-25. The details of our first 2021 cohort for SEND young people are listed below with dates of a further seven to be announced later in the year. Please note this programme is for people from the districts of Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon only and places will be offered on first-come-first-served basis while late referrals will be put on waiting list.

Time: 10.00-15.00

Schedule: 1 day a week for 6 weeks

Group Size: Max 12 People

Location: Chatham Green/Mann Wood, Chelmsford, Essex


SEND Young People (age 16-25)

Starts: Wed 14th April

Weekly sessions to 19th May


The SEND cohort is suitable for SEND young people who are struggling with social isolation and need to rebuild their confidence to work in groups or with others, experiencing low self esteem, struggling with family and relationship issues, struggling with trauma and/or grief, struggling to adapt to life at home or school post lockdown and experiencing low-level mental health issues such as depression or anxiety.

Additional Cohorts




There will be seven additional 6-week cohorts throughout 2021/2. Details of these additional cohorts will be released later in the year with the relevant dates confirmed and updated on this page.

If you think you know someone who would benefit from this FREE service then please get in touch or download and complete our referral form and email it through to us or send a hard copy in the post.

How you can help

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