WELLBEING SUPPORT FOR young people with Learning Disabilities or AUTISM

Nature is one of the best ways to nurture young people with Learning Disabilities or Autism

Spending time in nature can benefit both mental and physical wellbeing.

Being in nature reduces anger, fear and stress. It not only makes young people feel better emotionally, but it also contributes to their physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.

One of the most amazing things nature brings, however, is its impact on mental wellbeing. When a young person is experiencing anxiety, nature can be a powerful antidote, improving overall mood. 

The potential for nature to foster independence is particularly beneficial for young people with learning disabilities. Giving young people that feeling of space, and the sensory stimulation that comes with being outdoors, is absolutely vital. Outdoor activity requires them to adapt to unpredictable weather and the changing seasons, and this can be another positive challenge. 

Young people with autism who regularly engage in outdoor activities, experience improvements in seven key areas: social interaction; communication; behaviour; emotion; cognition; sensory issues; and physical activity. The benefits most frequently encountered are improvements to a young person’s emotional state and an increases in their cognitive ability.

We would like to thank Enjoolata for funding this programme and One Garden for their support.

Who our programmes are for

These programmes are suitable for young people aged 16-25, with either a mild to moderate learning disability or mild to moderate autism.

Regrettably, we do not have the resources to support young people with very limited speech, who find it very difficult to learn new skills and who need support with daily activities such as dressing, washing, eating or keeping safe.

FREE programmes

Programmes typically run for 3 to 5 weeks and each session is for 2 hours plus.

In each session, activities might include a nature walk, conservation work or gardening. This is usually combined with a creative activity such as dyeing cloth with foraged plant dyes, making ink from oak wasp galls, painting, mosaicing, lino-cutting, modelling with air dry clay and cooking on an open fire.

“It’s helped me feel more happy and more confident in myself”

It has helped me to relax and make friends. It was very helpful, thank you so much

I am very grateful to this project for doing amazing work”

… quotes from young people who have attended our programmes.


PRICE: This programme is free of charge

DATE: TBA when funding available

TIME: TBA when funding available

LOCATION: ‘The Plot’, Stanmer Organics, Stanmer Park, Brighton, BN1 9PZ (78 bus). Sorry but this location is not suitable for  WHEELCHAIR ACCESS.

If the weather is poor, we will move to an indoor space at the near by One Garden.


Please complete our Online Booking Form to book a place.

Professionals – please complete our online Referral Form for enquires.

If you would like any further information then please do call us on 01273 230102 or email hello@thewildmindproject.org

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