Strength, Resilience and Happiness

February 24th, 2020 by

That first flash of a firesteel and the cotton wool becomes fire is always a magical moment for anyone attempting to master fire lighting. The Youth Offending Service and Youth & Missing officer from D&C police have been running woodland day courses in the St Austell area for a few years now.

Taking young people in to the outdoors is nothing new. We all understand the benefits of getting outdoors and away from issues in the home, work and school. Working with a selection of Young people with different backgrounds, the team have given young people the chance to step out of hectic lives and enjoy the outdoors. Build survival shelters, light fires, and cook their own healthy food over an open fire. Through these skill, we are able to get down to some serious talking around youth issue, substance abuse, Missing episodes and Online safety. Somehow, these subjects are easily discussed around the fire with a mug of stew and easy company. Discussing how young people can keep themselves safe, come up with strategies to deal with stressful situations around Domestic Violence and alternatives to running away and going missing.

The outdoors simply works! Not enough time is spent in the outdoors for all of us and for some of our young people, a woodland day may be their first.

Let’s keep using nature to build strength, resilience and happiness in our future generations.

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