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Frequently asked questions

Who are the programmes for?

Our general programmes are designed for young people aged 16 to 25 experiencing mental ill-health.

We run programmes specifically for the young LGBTQ+ community aged 11 to 15 and 16-25.

Occasionally we run programmes for particularly vulnerable groups, such as young people with learning disabilities or young carers.

Where do you operate?

The majority of our programmes are at a private nature plot at Stanmer Organics in Stanmer Park, Brighton.

What age group do you support?

Usually, we support young people aged 16 to 25, however, we do have programmes for 11 to 15-year-olds from the LGBTQ+ community.

What safeguarding processes do you have in place?

All staff or volunteers working directly with young people will be enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) checked. Any staff working directly with young people will have attended Level 3 safeguarding training. Please see our Safeguarding page to view our child and vulnerable adult safeguarding policy and for further information. A staff member with  First Aid and Mental Health First Aid training will attend each programme. The Wild Mind Project has full public liability insurance.

Will you keep my information confidential?

We are committed to protecting your privacy. Any personal data provided by you to The Wild Mind Project through any means (verbal, written, or in electronic form) will be held and processed in accordance with the data protection principles set out in the Data Protection Act 2018 for the purposes for which you have given consent. Please see our Privacy Policy page for further details.

How much does it cost to attend?

Our regular programmes for young people are grant funded and so will be free of charge to participants.

We do charge for bespoke programmes. All profits are used to support our young people programmes.

How do we book onto a programme?

To book a place on one of our programmes, please complete our online Booking Form

Contact us by email or telephone (01273 230102) if you have any queries.

If you work with young people and would like to refer someone, please complete our online Referral Form.

What do I wear?

Please make sure you wear sturdy shoes or boots; the ground is uneven and can be muddy or wet. You will be outside for two hours, so bring more layers than you think you might need, even if the forecast is good. Please wear clothes you are happy to get dirty or smoky. We also strongly recommend that you wear long trousers as there are brambles and nettles around. Please bring a waterproof coat regardless of the forecast.

How many young people attend each programme?

We aim to have no more than ten young people attending our regular programmes, but there are often fewer. Slightly higher numbers may attend our monthly LGBTQ+ drop-in sessions.

What is the accessability of the venue?

Mobility:
The nearest parking is approximately 450m away at Patchway car park.
The track leading to the venue is potholed and often muddy.
The venue is uneven grass with a number of narrow, often overgrown, uneven paths. It is not suitable for wheelchair users.
The nearest toilets are compost toilets 250m away, which are accessed by climbing two deep steps. Alternatively, there are plumbed accessibility toilets at One Garden, approximately 570m away (subject to One Garden opening hours).

Acoustics:
The venue is in a private, relatively secluded area surrounded by nature. However, there are adjacent plots that may be running events that might create noise.
The Wild Mind Project activities sometimes include noises such as hammering, sawing or strimming.

Visibility:
The venue is in an unlit area of Stanmer Park. It can get dark in the winter months when we rely on camping lights to see. Please be aware that the track leading to the venue is also not lit.

Quiet area:
There is a quiet area with a bench at the venue where you can retreat to if you wish to be alone. Neurodiverse fidget toys and drawing pads and pencils are available.