The outdoors – a vital tool in maintaining physical and mental wellbeing

After so long without people here at Wiston, It was great for all of us and in particular me and Alan to re-engage with the various groups during the October break: Seeing in practice all the new Covid safety measures; Hearing the excited voices and cheers as folk achieved great heights on the ropes course; Absorbing the positive energy of nature and the musical instruments on the Path of the Little People; Feeling the warmth and connection around the fire, while toasting marshmallows and seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces as they left after fun, exciting and connecting days.

  • Happy girl with hands in the air

We believe now more than ever, folk need the outdoors and outdoor education for mental wellbeing, connection, building resilience and giving hope. We have always tailored our programs to meet our groups and individuals needs and improve areas such as confidence, self-esteem, team working, problem solving and other life and employability skills. In these challenging times, we also look to further develop people’s patience, tolerance, acceptance, care and compassion.  Helping folk to have some control and autonomy over their lives when everything just now is so prescriptively controlled. Furthermore, helping them to understand how resilient they have been during these times and how they can use that to further themselves in life.

In a time where social connections are so limited we look to help folk to not only connect with each other on a deeper level but to connect with nature and the natural environment as the young people and their families who visit Wiston are the future of this planet.

Vicky & Alan (before Covid!)

Vicky & Alan