Outdoors 4 All Together CIC
Working with Nature towards a Brighter Future
Who We Are
Working in The Ribble Valley and surrounding areas of Lancashire and Yorkshire, 'Outdoors 4 All Together CIC' exists to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people of all ages and capabilities through contact with nature.
· To develop character and personal skills in order to improve a wide range of outcomes for service users
· To provide education and training that utilises and promotes the natural world
· To promote traditional woodland and environmental crafts
Wellbeing programme – incorporating stress reduction and attention restoration techniques.
Friends Resilience Programme - backed by the World Health Organisation.
Positive Mental Health programme
Living Well Workshops
Fresh Air Faith
Meet the team;
Joanne, Steve, Anna, Dawn, Val
The team bring together a wide range of relevant skills and experience in an outdoor environment including Forest School Leadership, Teaching (both mainstream and SEN), Mental Health & Wellbeing, Occupational Health and Therapeutic Horticulture. In addition, we are all passionate advocates for the benefits of nature in an increasingly stressful world.
Anna Whittingham-Topliss (Director):
Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning: L3 Diploma; HLTA: Nurture focus trained, specialist in SEN, SEMH, dyslexia, PMLD, MLD, SLD, Solihull Approach trained; Forest School Programme Leadership: L3; Trained and experienced in: outdoor first aid, food hygiene, self-harm and mental health awareness; Scout Association: volunteer at local, District & County Levels (15 years experience) and member of East Lancashire Scouts Inclusion Team; trained and experienced in: support, management, recruitment and training of volunteers; NLP Practioner (in progress); Mindfulness Practitioner (in progress); Mental Health 1st Aider (awaits renewal); CPD short course: exercise & mental health, challenging ideas in mental health, play, learning & the brain.
Joanne Collinge (Director):
BSc (Hons) Environmental Management; Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (Geography/ EYFS); Level 3 Forest School Leadership; Outdoor First Aid, Level 1&2; Safeguarding & Child Protection.
Dawn Robinson (Director):
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy; Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care with holistic therapies; Diploma, Advanced Sport and also Holistic Therapy; Equine Assisted Therapy practitioner; Lead Occupational Therapist and (Recovery and Mental Health) with an extensive clinical background in working with adults coping with learning disabilities, mental illness, Personality Disorder, Autism and challenging behaviours. Has worked with sex-offenders and also with dementia patients.
Steve Tomlinson (Director):
HND Agriculture; Business experience in Management and Sales (agriculture and telecoms); Level 3 Forest School Programme Leader; trained and experienced in Outdoor First Aid, food hygiene, self-harm and mental health awareness; Scout Leader, District Commissioner, various Executive Committee roles (25 years experience): trained and experienced in support, management, recruitment and training of volunteers; passionate advocate of the outdoors including fishing, walking, camping and bushcraft.
Val Murray (Director):
BA Hons. Amenity Horticulture (landscape design and management); Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (Design Technology); Lead Teacher - pupil mental health and wellbeing (SEMH setting); Professional Development Diploma, Social and Therapeutic Horticulture; Friends Resilience (wellbeing) Programme facilitator
News & Views
Friends Resilience and the great outdoors...
We are delighted to announce that we are now working in partnership with the Australian creators of the Friends Resilience programmes. Very shortly we will able to offer training and development but we are also developing an exciting new product with Friends Resilience.
Watch this space for further details.....
Woodland Wonder sessions
Working in partnership with Ryan Dixon Yoga we will be hosting a series of three Woodland Wonder sessions at Gisburn Forest starting on starting Tuesday 1st October. Each session will last for two hours and will include:
Welcome - tea and coffee around the fire
a short meditation and immersive nature walk - inspired by the principles of Japanese Forest Bathing
Yoga in the yurt
Campfire and conversation
Sessions will take place on Tuesday 1st, 8th and 15th October; 9.30 - 11.30am.
Cost: this is a scheduled programme and as such the cost for attending all three session is £60 per person. A maximum of eight people will be accommodated onto the course so please book your place early.
To book onto the course please contact Val via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone: 07920 065057