Here is an opportunity to support an exciting adventure play project for children in Carmarthenshire 2014-2016.
“The best day of my life” (feedback from a child, Play Days in the Forest 2013)
Sunday: MORE EXCITING NEWS! One of our lovely pledgers has waived their reward. We can now offer again an Adult Play Day in the Forest for a £500 pledger and 7 friends to come to the gorgeous Brechfa Forest for a day of adventurous play in the forest: you can climb trees, mess about in nets and balance on slack ropes, build dens, learn woodland craft skills, cook on an open fire, splash in the river ... all facilitated by two experienced and fun loving Forest School practitioners. What a great way to celebrate ... a birthday? wedding anniversary? what about a hen or stag party? or just a group of friends having an amazing relaxing and unforgettable day together. PLUS you guarantee subsidised places for 20 children AND free places for 8 more! What a bargain!! How can you resist?
DAY 8 Update on Rewards: Exciting News!! As well as the Rewards already offered, everyone who pledges to support the Play Days in the Forest will receive a Thank-you Tile handmade by Kate Glanville. Her work is full of colour and humour and very playful. see: www.kateglanville.com Diolch o galon Kate!
WHO WE ARE
Ysgolion Coedwig Sir Gâr/Carmarthenshire Forest Schools is an association of independent Forest School Practitioners. We have been delivering Forest School sessions since 2001. We use the natural environment creatively to facilitate the emotional, intellectual, physical, sensory and social development of each individual. www.carmarthenshireforestschools.com
WHAT WE ARE FUNDRAISING FOR
Our aim for Play Days in the Forest/Diwrnodau Chwarae yn y Goedwig is to reverse the decline in outdoor play and celebrate children’s imagination, play skills and adventurous spirit.
We are looking for support to run regular open access adventure play sessions during half terms and holidays over two years for children of all abilities, including wheel chair access into the woods.
Children play freely and can choose from a variety of activities, including small hand tool use, fire skills, shelter building, woodland crafts and basic survival skills.
The sessions will be facilitated by fully trained and very experienced Forest School practitioners who understand the vital importance of play for children's development. We offer training for volunteers.
The Play Days encourage up to 250 family visits into the Brechfa Forest each year, and give children and young people the knowledge and skills to return with their families to enjoy the forest at any time. We will run half day sessions for children under 8 and their parent/carer, and full day sessions for unaccompanied children aged 8-12 years. Every child's place is subsidised so as not to exclude large and/or low income families.
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
Adventurous play is full of movement, children learn to assess risk, learn by trial and error, develop socially and have opportunities to excel in a wonderful, forgiving and challenging environment. They find a hundred different ways to solve problems, express themselves, explore and learn about their environment, themselves and each other.
There is a growing body of research that supports the view that children who have meaningful experiences in nature during their childhood, grow up to care for the natural world. We are confident that this project will create environmentally aware and caring attitudes in the future.
WHAT WE NEED TO RAISE AND WHERE IT WILL GO
Help us to raise £4000. This will go towards subsidising every child's place for two years, maintaining and replacing vital equipment and carrying out essential woodland management to keep the forest sites safe enough for wild play.
Crowdfunding works by word of mouth: everyone giving what they can and passing on the link can be incredibly effective!
Thankyou, and look at our rewards! we think our supporters deserve the best, so we will be hand crafting and personally arranging every reward.
The Play Days in the Forest Team/Tîm Diwrnodau Chwarae yn y Goedwig:
Maggie Fearn; Melissa Holloway; Peni Ediker; Robyn Fuller. (See our faces in the film!)