250 words about us
A total of 2100 hours were spent on the development of the Cancer retreat by volunteer visits in 2011 by young people living with severe learning disabilities or excluded from the conventional educational system. Currently eight people living with Cancer use the facility on a regular basis along with family and friends.
This is about giving young people with disabilities or living with behavioural problems, the help, care and skills they need to help others living with serious illness.
We aim to provide a true sense of worth and self-esteem with our community volunteers with the realisation that they are giving to people living with terminal or life limiting illnesses. We see further obvious positive changes in all our community groups involved, especially those living with profound mental health problems, adult learning disabilities and terminal illness. Many go on and achieve documented achievements.
Our community groups involved won the Anglia in Bloom community award.
Educational Aims in 100 words
Eden-Rose Coppice Trust Ltd in Sudbury, Suffolk is the first project of its kind where woodlands are used as a free sanctuary for people living with terminal illnesses. However the intrinsically linked and main usage of the sanctuary is the education of young people who help run the woodland.
As a developing venture, a large number of children have successfully learnt skills such as numeracy, writing, lawn mower usage, tree maintenance, cooking, woodworking and language skills. These successes have been achieved by young people who have been excluded from the normal education system as a result of profound learning disabilities.
All development within the woodland is based on the greenest policies. We work closely with members of the forestry commission, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and other advisory groups to ensure our woodland is as natural and environmentally friendly as possible.
From natural wells dug and developed by young people with learning disabilities for watering to planned impact reduction discussions supervised by qualified voluntary staff.
Added benefit to the community
We aim to take our trial project of green educational story telling from a successful trial to an ongoing project. Part of the story telling exercise with young children with learning disabilities involves green projects, as part of the stories, such as tree planting; working with the local community as volunteers, thus, we develop our overall message to a great number of people other than immediately involved with the project itself.
All our activities develop our woodland environment.
Evidence community green aspects story
Following discussions, the immediate community near our woodland have offered full support for this project. Local schools have expressed a wish to take part in the green story telling project developing their own ideas for environmental subjects and will deliver the stories to groups of young people with learning disabilities.
If you can help in any way at all, please get in touch on 0800 772 3755.