New courses will improve well-being

8/9/11- Heritage Open Day at Church-in-the-Wood, Hollington, St Leonards. ENGSNL00120110809124910
8/9/11- Heritage Open Day at Church-in-the-Wood, Hollington, St Leonards. ENGSNL00120110809124910

The Education Futures Trust is introducing ‘Branching Out’ in St Leonards - short outdoor courses designed to improve physical and mental well-being through positive outdoor activities.

Luke Funnell, from Education Futures Trust, said: “The aim of these short courses is to increase levels of wellbeing, emotional resilience, exercise, self- esteem, and motivation, whilst encouraging a connection with the local environment and community.

“Participants will have the opportunity to learn new outdoor skills such as bushcraft, fire making, foraging and wild cooking, they will also get involved in valuable community conservation and woodland management work, or gardening on our allotment site.

“These unique and valuable four week courses are free, and are open to any adults who experience physical or mental health as a barrier to moving forward.

“We will be running courses throughout the year in local woodlands and natural spaces. The first course will be starting on October 2 at Church in the Wood and will be an introduction to conservation work and bushcraft skills.

“Please come along to our enrolment morning on Friday 18th September 9am-10.30am , at Tesco Community space, Tesco Extra, Church Wood Drive, St Leonards on Sea.”

A successful pilot project was run earlier in the year.

To find out more contact Mel on, 01424 722241,

The Education Futures Trust is a local charity that aims to improve the life chances of children, families and those living in Hastings, St Leonards, Rye and the surrounding area.

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