Wellbeing & Farm Activities

The Apricot Centre approach often includes working on our farm or with activities and experiences in nature giving young people and families lifeskills and ways to wellbeing.

Benefits of nature based activities are increasingly being researched and evidenced. Some of these are:

  • helping to regulate stress and emotional states,
  • lowering anxiety,
  • building confidence and a sense of competence,
  • enhanced healing from physical trauma.

We also think the natural environment provides an age-old space for encouraging play, creativity, improving relationships and teamwork, and helping young people become more aware of themselves, of others and on their interconnection in nature.

Some of the activities we have offered:

  • Farm Clubs and Forest School activities,
  • ‘Digging and Delving’ involving foraging creating making things from the wild,
  • ‘SENSE’ a workshop to engage the senses around food, music, movement, creativity,
  • ‘WILD’ a workshop in nature for adolescents and parent (fathers) to explore their transition towards independence and adulthood.

Apricot Centre wellbeing work take place in a working organic farm environment with groups of children or adults who can benefit from spending time in nature . Children, families and schools come to the farm and participate in nature-based activities,

  • growing picking, preparing and sharing fruit and vegetables,
  • learning about poultry and cows,
  • involvement in the CSA model of food production,
  • engaging their creativity,
  • free-range play (den making, waterplay, ‘mud pie corner’ etc..).

All of these activities can support sensory, emotional, cognitive and social development. Our work is also an ongoing research project on wellbeing.

We work with young and old. From children who are looked-after, fostered or adopted, or who have special needs such as autism. We work with older children or young adults not in education employment or training (NEETs). We work with adults such as; unemployed adults (trying to return to work, adopters/carers under stress, adults with anxiety or depression, or who are dealing with trauma, bereavement or breakdown. We also like to work with the elderly who may feel isolated or in need of en- gaging more fully with other people and community. Benefits You can expect a wide range of benefits such as: Increased motivation. Learning gardening—growing of fruit vegetables and flowers. Improved mood and wellbeing. Better self-esteem and sense of confidence. Improved physical skills, coordination and dexterity. Creative approaches to problem solving. Gaining life-skills. Enriched relationship and social skills through sharing and working together as a team. A greater sense of community. Learning to communicate and to value difference and diversity. An increasing respect for nature. Structure and Rhythms The 'garden team' follows a rhythmic daily structure; enjoying working, sharing, and eating together on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9-3. Our staff are trained and experienced in horticulture,conservation therapy, and education, and receive regular supervision on their approach.