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CEO’s Blog – Dec 2021

Dear Friends, It has definitely been quite a year of change and adaptation.  We have all experienced the same trends on a local and national scale that are out there internationally – including covid, climate change, equality and diversity awareness, political ups and downs, impacts of population, conflict, migrants, and increased urban and industrial [...]

CEO’s Blog – July 2021

Dear Friends, We have the smell of freedom in our nostrils at the moment as the 19th of July looms as a date for lifting our Covid restrictions. I wonder what this will mean for us all - but sense we will all adapt in different ways -some of us revelling and partying, others [...]

CEO’s Blog – March 2021

Dear Friends, Funders and Supporters, As I write, the office is alive with staff and outdoor therapists all streaming back in from their various programmes in the woods and fields surrounding our office.  Those stuck indoors welcome the smell of woodsmoke that follows them around, as if hinting of the outdoors and the experiences [...]

Why 1-1 Wilderness Therapy is Important

At the Wilderness Foundation UK, our therapy programmes encourage clients to explore issues around the challenges they face with their mental health while actively participating in a natural setting. For example, the associate wilderness therapist will sit with a client around a fire and enquire about the client's experiences, whether it involves issues with [...]

New Out There Academy programme launches in Essex

Out There Academy We are now taking referrals for a 6 week outdoor and personal development programme for young people aged 13+ in the Chelmsford and Braintree area who are: struggling to engage and stay in school at risk of suspension leading to exclusion finding that behavioural and emotional wellbeing are big issues in their [...]

Volunteer Youth Mentors

We are now recruiting for our next mentor training programme. Our dedicated team of volunteer youth mentors play a key role within our social programmes. Our work with young people is motivated by a passionate belief in the benefits of the outdoors and nature for young people, coupled with our delivery of excellent youth working [...]

TurnAround 5 Graduation

[slideshow_deploy id='8494']The Wilderness Foundation held a special TurnAround 5 Graduation ceremony for six young people who have completed the twelve month TurnAround Programme with the Foundation on Monday 18 August. The event was held to celebrate the achievements of the young people who all come from challenging backgrounds and who took part in a tough [...]

2018-06-30T14:03:26+00:00August 21st, 2014|Events, Social Programmes, TurnAround Essex|0 Comments

Destination Spain!

The Wilderness Foundation UK team are all heading off to Spain to participate in the 10th World Wilderness Congress - WILD10 running between 4th and 10th October 2013.     We will be delivering the Social Benefit Agenda which promote the importance of recognising the contribution that wilderness and wildness make to human wellbeing. During [...]

2018-06-30T14:03:58+00:00October 2nd, 2013|Social Programmes, Wild 10|0 Comments

Graduation marks new beginnings for vulnerable youth

  On Friday July 27, 2012 the Umzi Wethu training academy for vulnerable youth celebrated the graduation of its 10th and 11th intake of students. The ceremony marked the graduation of a total of 177 students since the project’s inception seven years ago in 2005. Many of the graduates are the first members of their [...]

2018-06-30T14:04:57+00:00August 1st, 2012|Social Programmes|0 Comments

Wellbeing for youth through £1.3million wilderness award

The physical and mental health benefits of the great outdoors are easy to understand - campfires, cooking and canoeing pursuits have perennially inspired adventure for children’s writers from Mark Twain to Enid Blyton. Today a Chelmsford-based charity aiming to boost the mental wellbeing of disadvantaged young people from urban areas through nature-based activities is among five projects in [...]

2018-06-30T14:04:58+00:00May 15th, 2012|Out There, Social Programmes|0 Comments

Wilderness Foundation winners of prestigious Ernst & Young Award

The Wilderness Foundation South Africa was announced as the winner in the Social Entrepreneur category for the 2011 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards Programme at the ceremony held last night, 17 November 2011. Wilderness Foundation director, Andrew Muir was one of four finalists selected for the 2011 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards Programme [...]

2018-06-30T14:05:00+00:00November 18th, 2011|Social Programmes|0 Comments

The best tool for helping damaged young people – nature

Today's Guardian education section features a profile of the Wilderness Foundation UK's pioneering intervention project for youth-at-risk - TurnAround. The article, written by Louise Tickle outlines the genesis of the project and why nature - particularly wild nature - offers a solution for disturbed youth.   Wilderness Foundation UK CEO Jo Roberts says: "Being in a [...]

2018-06-30T14:05:59+00:00February 16th, 2010|Media, Social Programmes, TurnAround Essex|0 Comments

TurnAround Celebration Dinner!

On Saturday 21st November TurnAround Two came to a close.  Surrounded by families, friends, mentors, patrons and funders, the young participants enjoyed an evening of celebration to mark their successful completion of the programme.  We were delighted to be joined by Mr Rupert Gosling, The High Sheriff of Essex, together with Mr Andrew [...]

2018-06-30T14:05:59+00:00December 1st, 2009|Social Programmes, TurnAround Essex|0 Comments

A message for World AIDS Day

Today the world acknowledges the remarkable recent progress in HIV/AIDS awareness, detection, and remediation.  As the Wilderness Foundation commends this progress, it remains confronted daily with the reality of the stigma, denial, and continued contraction of HIV at an alarming rate in areas of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.  Here, where the Wilderness Foundation Africa [...]

2018-06-30T14:05:59+00:00December 1st, 2009|Social Programmes|0 Comments

Allotments Diary – November 2008 Update

I was down at our Community Allotments site on Wednesday morning, at the Hobart Close site here in Chelmsford. Charlie was already busy at work, measuring up the greenhouses for the polycarbonate sheeting we are going to use instead of glass (for safety reasons). This is being funded by our recent grant from the O2 [...]

2018-06-30T14:06:36+00:00November 28th, 2008|Social Programmes|0 Comments
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