There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that positive engagement with nature and the natural environment can lead to a reduction in stress, anxiety and depression which are all factors that affect mental and physical well-being, and educational attendance and attainment. It is for this reason that we have included outdoor learning as one the key principles of our work.
Our aim is to help young people aspire to achieve something worthwhile, address any issues they are facing, and work towards making better life choices for their mental and physical wellbeing whilst realising the importance of the world we live in.
Each session we run is driven by the objectives for each young person, rather than the activities that could be completed, and led by the children and young people. Our staff observe and give them the time to explore then tailor the activities based on their contributions. No two sessions are the same!
By offering young people the chance to learn new skills they will be better equipped to make better choices, have increased confidence, better communication skills, more pride in themselves and their community, better engagement with alternative academic achievement, a healthier lifestyle, less interest in criminal activity, and a better understanding of nature.
After attending forest school the children displayed greater confidence in accepting challenges when faced with classwork that they often found tricky. Their emotional well being improved as they really looked forward to attending each week and their social skills improved as they developed friendships within the group. They were better able to articulate how they were feeling and also discuss subjects where they disagreed with other people's views with respect and understanding.
Have you heard about our new Outdoor Learning Centre?
Located on Bishopstoke Road, Eastleigh the Youth Options Outdoor Learning Centre is a dedicated outdoor space to deliver a variety of programmes that engage young people with nature as a tool to develop their social and emotional capabilities, engage with learning and make positive decisions.
Work has begun on the site it is due to open early 2021! Find out more here.