Eden-Rose Coppice Trust Ltd in Sudbury, Suffolk is the first project of its kind in the UK where woodlands are used as a free sanctuary for people living with Cancer or terminal illnesses.
The intrinsically linked and important usage of the sanctuary is for young people, especially those with learning disabilities, serious illness or behavioural problems, who work with mentors or carers and develop the site for our palliative care visitors. This integrated approach improves outcomes for both groups.
In addition, the positive and proactive role that voluntary action and social enterprise plays within the construct of this approach is instrumental in promoting improved social inclusion.
A total of 1400 hours were spent on the haven by volunteer visits in 2011 by young people living with severe learning disabilities or excluded from the conventional educational system. Currently ten families living with Cancer use the facility on a regular basis along with friends.
This is about giving young people, especially with disabilities, serious illness or living with behavioural problems, the help, care and skills they need to lead a healthier and more fulfilling life and provide an unquestionable sense of satisfaction. Eden-Rose Coppice Trust promotes an additional healthy active lifestyle allowing a break from the structured classroom or clinical care, picking up great experiences and new skills along the way.
All activities are under the guidance of the group’s carers or teachers.
Our natural woodland retreat is specifically designed as a stress free refuge for people living with Cancer or terminal illnesses. Working in partnership with educational institutions, most of the woodland development is carried out by young people living with learning disabilities, complex needs or life limiting conditions.
This integrated approach vastly improves outcomes for both groups, having a profound affect on people’s lives.
If you can help in any way at all, please get in touch on 0800 772 3755.