Outdoor Club is a six-week activity scheme for children in care aged 6-17, delivered by outdoor learning charity GROW at Totteridge Academy.
Its aim is to get kids outside doing different things, connecting with nature, learning new skills and taking risks. The scheme has been 100% positive with the children reporting greater confidence, reduced stress, and improved overall wellbeing. This has impacted positively in other areas of their life too, such as improved learning at school, better sleep patterns, and new friendships.
On the back of this success, we are launching an Outdoor Club group for younger children aged 6-10, also in partnership with GROW.
“The girls have really enjoyed coming to Outdoor Club. Both girls have a lot of energy and this is one way of them being able to let off steam, build their confidence, and make new friends. They always look forward to the following week. This improves their behaviour and in particular one child who has ADHD. Learning new skills and following instructions.
Both girls said they enjoyed making the fire, playing 123 where are you, making bread, making a swing. Most of all making new friends and having lots of FUN!!!” Elaine, foster carer
“Outdoor Club gives him the opportunity to be with other foster children and that’s been the most powerful thing for him. At school, he doesn’t have that. No one he knows has experienced trauma. The older he gets the more reflective he is about being different and with Outdoor Club he’s benefitting from being with other children who’ve been through similar experiences as him,” Catherine, foster carer.
With thanks to our supporters including Grange Farm Centre Trust.