Rewilding Youth is a Community Interest Company which means that it is not for profit and has been created to serve the interests of the community it was set up to serve, in this case YOUNG PEOPLE.
We know that spending time in nature can improve mood and wellbeing, but not everyone has easy access to the natural world especially those who live in an urban environment. This lack of access to the outdoors has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and research shows that this decreased exposure has led to young people suffering from ‘nature-deficit disorder’ (Louv, 2005) which presents itself through depression, social isolation, loneliness and a lack of decision making and problem solving skills.
The Rewilding Youth project aims to tackle these problems through providing the opportunities for young people to access and immerse themselves within the natural environment with a view to giving them the opportunity to develop their own life-long connections with the outdoor environment.
We use nature to reconnect young people in the most disadvantaged areas with their local urban ‘wild’ spaces which will range from one day to longer programmes of rewilding experiences in which young people are introduced to bushcraft activities such as foraging, den making, fire-building, story telling, circle time and natural crafts. We will also run trips/residentials and more intensive 8-week rewilding programmes which will incorporate wilderness therapy, life-changing experiences and personal development opportunities for young people. As well as all these fantastic activities that we facilitate outdoors, we also like to provide the space for young people to just...be themselves...to make decisions, take action, shout, climb, scream, run, swim or just sit and watch...and listen. We see ourselves as facilitators, we are just finding beautiful wild spaces which will help young people (and adults) to explore the world around them in whatever way suits them best - in this way they will ultimately learn to explore and discover themselves and their own capabilities.
We also provide experiential learning opportunities for teachers, youth workers, parents, carers and anyone else who wants to learn more about some of the amazing ways we can all work together in and with nature to reconnect young people with their wild selves.
Get in touch with us to find out more about what we do and how we can work with you to connect and engage young people to heal and be healed by this beautiful world that we share.
So, what do we do...
Immersive wild experiences for young people in local woodlands. Activities include fire-lighting; den-building; foraging; wild cooking; natural art projects and much more...
Supported by our experienced guides, we run therapeutic outdoor programmes where young people connect and engage with themselves using nature and outdoor activities as a therapeutic healer. .
Engaging young people in local, national and global environmental projects which deepen their connection with the more than human world and enact young people's environmental knowledge and agency.
Creative Research Projects
We are really interested in exploring how being outside affects the health, wellbeing and environmental agency
of young people.
Especially the young people we work with from disadvantaged urban communities
who may not normally engage with nature and the wild world.
We like to play and get creative and we use film, photography, writing, singing, storytelling and discussions to explore how being outside is making young people feel.
Upcoming Events and Sessions
Rewilding Youth Collective
The Rewilding Youth Collective is where young people who are passionate about being outside and want to make Hull a place where all young people can feel safe and confident to spend time outdoors come together to make things happen.
The RYC meet up at East Hull Community Farm in our beautiful Rewilding Space to learn outdoor skills such as bushcraft, green woodworking and much more, all whilst talking about and making decisions about how Rewilding Youth should be working with young people to connect them with the wild spaces around them.
We meet every other Thursday between 5.00 and 7.00 pm
If you are interested in being involved then message us on Facebook or Instagram (@rewildingyouth) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and help us in our mission to re-wild Hull!
Wild Child! - Outdoor play sessions for 0-4 year olds
Come and join us in our wonderful outdoor play sessions for our littlest wild things so they can start their rewilding journey early.
Activities change depending on the weather and the season but may include:
Messy Play (Mud Painting; clay building etc)
Firelighting (Yes - Firelighting!!!!)
Wild Obstacle Course
Our session is based on the principles of freely chosen, self-directed play. We provide the beautiful outdoor environment filled with lots of natural resources for your little wildling to run free and get down and dirty with!
Our wonderful creative staff are on hand to make sure the group has everything they need and there will also be drinks and snacks available to keep your little wildlings (and their big people!) fuelled up.
Every Monday during term-time 10.30am -11.30am
East Hull Community Farm
Kingston Upon Hull
Sessions cost £5 per child and you can either pay on the day or BOOK ONLINE NOW.
No school? No worries!
At Rewilding Youth we understand that, for many different reasons, not all young people attend mainstream school and this open group is for children and young people who are home-schooled/un-schooled.
The session provides two hours of wonderful wild play in which parents/carers are welcome to attend. The session takes place in our beautiful Rewilding Space up on East Hull Community Farm where you can spend time in our awesome roundhouse, swing in a hammock amongst the trees or take part in an activity such as fire-lighting, campfire cooking, nature crafts, green woodwork and lots more...
Sessions run on one Monday during term-time each month, 1 - 3pm and the dates for the rest of this year are:
NCS TASTER DAYS
Our fantastic NCS programme is for 15-17 year olds who might be struggling to stay in school/college or perhaps not attending school/college at all!
The programme is a partnership between Child Dynamix and Rewilding Youth and is run by the lovely Neill and Suzy who will support you to either get back into school or college or to find something else that suits you, perhaps a different college, a job or an apprenticeship.
You will take part in lots of different activities including bushcraft, campfire cooking, green woodwork and natural crafts at Rewilding Youth and skills building, goal setting and one to one support sessions at The Hut Youth Centre on Preston Road in Hull.
If you don't live in Hull then we can come and work with you where you are or we can provide you with bus passes to come to us!
We are holding some taster sessions where you can come to meet the team, take part in some activities and find out more about what we do.
You can either come to our beautiful Rewilding Space up on East Hull Community Farm or come on a Wild Walk with us on the Yorkshire Wolds. Or maybe you want to do both!
The dates and times are:
Taster Days: Thurs 15th Feb or Wed 27th March 10-4pm at East Hull Community Farm
Wild Walks: Friday 16th Feb and Saturday 16th March 10-4pm (meet at East Hull Community Farm)
Email Les@rewildingyouth.co.uk to book your place (friends, parents etc welcome too!)
OUTDOOR FIRST AID COURSE
This is a free course for 15-17 year olds who are not at school or college and is a fantastic way to boost your CV and learn all about how to deal with an emergency situation in the outdoors.
This two-day course covers a wide range of First Aid emergencies, enabling all participants to deal with emergency situations in an outdoor setting but you will be able to transfer these skills to most situations where medical help is required.
The content in the course will also satisfy the requirements of the HSE in respect of Emergency First Aid at Work.
Spaces are limited to 12 people so get your place booked quickly!
The dates and times are:
Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of March 10-4pm
Email Les@rewildingyouth.co.uk to book your place