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Group SEMH support for KS3 - KS4

By bringing together young people in a supported, safe, and collaborative environment to physically explore the outdoors whilst also exploring their own aspirations and who they are personally. 

SPACE utilises the benefits of being outdoors to provide SEMH support that offers young people an opportunity to:

  • Meet new and be accepted by other young people

  • Work alongside child-centred teaching and counselling professionals who will facilitate exploration of their emotional wellbeing using a range of strategies, including 1-1 mentoring sessions

  • Experience a calming learning environment and the benefits that come with being outdoors

  • Collaboratively complete enriching tasks to learn and develop new skills  


Who is SPACE suitable for?

SPACE is suited for a range of young people, but is designed for young people who are may be currently experiencing:

  • Low mood

  • Low self-esteem

  • A sense of not belonging 

  • Feelings of loneliness

  • Difficulties in expressing emotions 


Although our central ethos is that the young people are the experts of their own lives and what they’re experiencing – even if at times they might struggle to tell us that – SPACE aims to establish working relationships which and use facilitated experiental moments which guide them toward independently taking control of their emotions and aspirations.

'She absolutely loved it - probably the highlight of Year 11 for her!'

Mill School, Bury

SPACE uses the natural environment to facilitate the experience of young people. As such, SPACE is best-suited for those who have an interest in the outdoors, nature, conservation, or environmentalism


What happens on SPACE?

The activities on SPACE differ from cycle to cycle, adapting to both the young people and the changing seasons. However, the typical SPACE programme involves:

  • Engaging with the history and ecology of the Burrs Country Park

  • Learning campcraft and bushcraft skills

  • Developing insight into communication styles and techniques

  • Team-building and acquiring leadership skills

  • Social action projects, with strong links to community and conservation

  • Trekking and navigation workshops

The SPACE team will also create a personalised report that details our observations, the young person's achievements and progress, alongside any specific recommendations for the future.


SPACE starts and ends at the Sunnywood Project Community Hub in the Burrs Country Park, Bury. From here, there is direct access to 36 hectares of beautiful scenic countryside, woodland, open meadows, ponds, lodges, and the River Irwell - Making it an ideal base location for outdoor SEMH support


A typical SPACE cycle lasts for 6 weeks, with one day-long session a week. These cycles usually coincide with academic half-terms

Referrals from professionals can be made below

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