For the six week programme, Out There students encounter the natural environment at Chatham Green in Essex.
In small groups facilitated by certified outdoor facilitators, students engage in hands-on activities that challenge their minds, develop their social skills, and feed their emotional needs:
- Team Challenges, Wilderness Survival Skills and Bushcraft Skills
- Nature Immersion and Conservation
- Local hikes, including cooking lunch over a wood fire
- Group discussions and individual exercises
- Mindfulness and stress management training
Out There is suitable for young people who are:
- Struggling to engage and stay in school
- At risk of suspension leading to exclusion
- Struggling with family and relationship issues
- Finding boundaries to be a challenge
- Experiencing low-level mental health issues
- Engaging in risky behaviours
- Getting involved in anti-social behaviours
Throughout the programme we help to build communication skills and teach strategies for coping with difficult situations, anger management and emotional control.
After the six weeks at Chatham Green, Out There participants return to their home schools or other situations—but they don’t go alone. They have the support of a carefully trained and accredited adult mentor, who works with them if they need further help and support.