EARTH: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Step by Step Step by Step days are designed to suit individual participants and accommodate mainly therapeutic and personal development, with the emphasis on physical and emotional health and wellbeing, as well as improving social skills and communication. Participants' progress is supported via mutually agreed, long-term and daily goals and targets. Key Participants: Young People who have disabilities, learning difficulties and/or special educational needs. Adults with long-term mental health issues, disabilities and/or learning difficulties. Frequently asked questions: What kinds of activities do we offer? General conservation work Light gardening/horticultural work Green woodworking Habitat creation Bushcraft activities e.g. practical skills such as firelighting, shelter building, whittling, tracking. How many people take part in a session? There can be anything from 2 to 8 people attending. There is an appropriate staff to participant ratio but please discuss any additional one-to-one care requirements with us. Will I need any experience or training? No, all activities are targeted to an individual's needs and capabilities. How long are the sessions? A typical day is from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. How long does the course last? Courses are ongoing, on a rolling programme; for as long as you need them. Does it cost anything? Funding is normally accessed via an individual's Personal Health Budget (PIP) or via the Local Authority. Contact us if you would like more information, or would like to book onto our Step by Step programme. If you are enquiring about a place for a young person please complete our Natural Alternative Enquiry Form for more information or to discuss your young person's needs. Shorter term courses in our woodlands Our Woodland EARTH for SEND courses are designed for adults and young people with disabilities, learning difficulties and/or special educational needs. Accommodating mainly therapeutic and personal development, the course also puts an emphasis on physical and emotional health and wellbeing as well as improving social skills and communication. Learn about: Tree & hedge planting * Formative tree pruning * Coppicing * Scrub & ride maintenance * Green woodwork * Hedge laying * Making green wood structures * Woodland art and crafts * Animal homes* Bush craft (shelters, fires and cooking)* These usually run as FREE programmes for up to 10 people at all 3 of our woodland locations. They are for a fixed number of weeks and can be a good introduction to Green Light Trust for participants considering entering our Step by Step rolling programme. Wheelchair access to our woodland sites may be weather dependent. Please discuss any additional requirements with us when booking. Check out our Book a course page for full list of current courses IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS AND CARERS/SUPPORT WORKERS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK: WE TAKE OUR DUTY OF CARE TOWARDS PARTICIPANTS IN OUR PROGRAMMES VERY SERIOUSLY. UNDER THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS WE ARE ALLOWED TO RUN SUPPORT GROUPS FOR UP TO 15 PEOPLE. WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE VARIOUS SAFETY MEASURES TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION OF DISEASE. PARTICIPANTS ATTENDING OUR EARTH COURSES WILL BE ADVISED OF THESE MEASURES PRIOR TO STARTING A COURSE AND WE WOULD ASK THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS RESPECT AND COMPLY WITH THESE MEASURES. THESE INCLUDE SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING FACE COVERINGS FOR CERTAIN ACTIVITIES, AND MORE STRINGENT HYGIENE MEASURES. IF YOU ARE DUE TO ATTEND AN EARTH SESSION AND YOU KNOW YOU MIGHT HAVE CORONAVIRUS, OR YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY SYMPTOMS SIMILAR TO THOSE RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (PERSISTENT COUGH, FEVER, LOSS OF TASTE/SMELL) PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND AND CONTACT US TO LET US KNOW SO THAT WE CAN INITIATE ANY NECESSARY TRACK AND TRACE ACTION. AS WITH ANY ACTIVITY THAT INVOLVES A GROUP OF PEOPLE AT THE MOMENT, THERE IS NO WAY TO COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THE RISK OF CONTRACTING CORONAVIRUS. WE WOULD ASK ANYONE WHO IS IN A HIGHER RISK GROUP FOR CORONAVIRUS (E.G. PEOPLE WHO ARE, OR HAVE BEEN, SHIELDING) TO CONSIDER THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH RISK VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE JOINING ONE OF OUR EARTH GROUPS.