Brave Futures is a nature-based group therapy programme set up to support clients who have experienced grief, trauma, addictions, social isolation, anxiety and depression which has affected their mental health and wellbeing

The last decade has seen a huge shift in how we talk and think about mental health. This mindset shift has given rise to preventative and proactive mental health support – particularly the benefits of spending time outdoors. 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 Brave Futures programme, funded initially by The National Lottery Community Fund, and now continued through Essex County Council, accommodates both Adults and Children, from a wide range of referral pathways. The details of our latest 2021 cohorts are listed below. Please note this programme is for people in Essex 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 8 weeks

Group Size: Max 8 People

Location: Chatham Green/Mann Wood, Chelmsford, Essex


Children (age 7-12)

Starts: Thurs 29th April

Weekly sessions to 17th June


We have a style of working that offers activity and fun, whilst mixing in critically important support in therapy, tools and strategies for managing relationships, boundaries, self-care, communication and emotional control for example.

Asylum Seekers

Starts: Wed 2nd June

Weekly sessions to 21st July


The current pandemic has seen an increase in the number of referrals to the Foundation seeking face-to-face therapy. Being completely outdoors and nature-based we can offer this service in the safest of ways and were one of the first services able to offer this support during the pandemic.

Adults (18+)

Starts: Wed 1st Sept

Weekly sessions to 20th Oct


Please send in referrals for the remaining two cohorts for consideration. If you are already on our waiting list you will also be considered for these cohorts. We are currently accepting referrals for Adults (18+) and Children (7-12).

Children (age 7-12)

Starts: Mon 25th Oct

Weekly sessions to 13th Dec


We know that helping one vulnerable young person find coping mechanisms has a big impact on their immediate and often extended family and thus the community they live in. Activities include games, bushcraft, camp cooking, walking, foraging and nature art.

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

Wilderness Foundation TurnAround Project