Since the Covid pandemic began, the number of children not in school has increased substantially, largely due to anxiety and poor mental health. In 2021, children and adolescents with a probable mental health condition were twice as likely to live in households newly falling behind on bills (12.8%, compared with 6.7% of 6 to 16-year-olds without a mental health condition). 70% of children on our waiting list are living with a disability, anxiety or learning differences. Finance is a barrier to attending for 80% of these children. Our survey shows that there is great need for an active, inclusive, accessible club of this kind in this area of Cornwall; it does not currently exist.
We offer an inclusive, welcoming, holistic provision for children of all ages. Through activities in nature, such as; climbing trees, crafts, tool work, sea swimming, water safety, navigation & fire craft; we help children feel included, grow their self esteem, build confidence and find their sense of self. Connection to self, to each other & to the land around them are vital in enabling them to feel that they are good enough and heard. We provide lunch to reduce the impact of food poverty and promote the MH benefits of sharing food. We will offer 50% discount to families for whom finance is a barrier to attendance. £1500 will enable 8 children to attend for a term with a 50% discount.
We have experienced, qualified staff. We have run a successful holiday club in the same location for two years running, from which many participants have requested a term time club of the same format. Between 2020-2022 we successfully created and grew a Home Ed group in East Cornwall which grew from 1 to 3 days delivery/ week under our watch. Feedback from the first week has been over whelming- 'my child is so happy'. We have doubled our numbers in 1 week incl. enquiries from families for whom finance is a barrier. The farm on which we run is wholly supportive of our project and is keen to work together, introducing farm days to our sessions to broaden, further, the experiences we offer.