Could you spare some time to support Warmley Park’s Forest School?

Published on: 30 Jun 2015

COULD you help children with autism develop independence and confidence?
Warmley Park School is looking for volunteers to support its Forest School programme for primary aged pupils with autistic spectrum conditions.  
During eight sessions in each school term, regardless of the weather, the children walk to Warmley Forest Park where they spend most of the day outdoors following a programme of physical activity and play in a woodland and grassland environment.  
Anne O’Loughlin, senior manager at the school in Tower Road North, said: “Forest School offers opportunities for developing independence, confidence, self-esteem and a positive attitude towards learning in children and young people, as they explore and experience the natural world for themselves.  
“The value of challenge and adventure in an outdoor setting, and the opportunity to explore rich, diverse natural play environments, are integral to the Forest School experience.
“The Forest School activities are highly motivating and thoroughly enjoyed by both the children and the adults involved.”
Due to the supervision needs of pupils, a high adult to child ratio is required.  
The Forest School programme is heavily reliant on the support of volunteers which consists of parents, students and other interested individuals.   
Volunteers need to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Services) check, which is arranged and paid for by the school.  
If you are interested in becoming a Forest School volunteer and would like to know more, please contact Anne on 01454 867272 or email: anne.oloughlin@warmleyparkschool.org.uk

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