Magdalen supports parents or carers within families in crisis, or reaching crisis point, will learn techniques to use the outdoors and natural environment to affect child and family health and life chances.
Working with families…
One family, a large family with 5 children and a 6th on the way. The father had no experience of countryside, farming, nature etc. The result of the programme was a new interest and enthusiasm kindled within the father, which has enabled him to give new outdoor play opportunities to his children. the benefits of the learning have affected the whole family.
Every one of the families participating wanted to learn more and to engage further. This was largely because it gave them time to spend with their families away from chaotic environments, doing positive and constructive things.
One of the learners had a home-schooled daughter. The daughter had developed behaviours which prevented the learner from having much of an independent adult life, and under usual circumstances, prevented her from engaging in learning or personal development. Our course gave the adult learner the opportunity to develop new skills and understanding by simultaneously giving the daughter the opportunity to interact and play with others of her own age group.
One learner had previously worked in outdoor education – a related field to the subject of our training. Due to a chronic health condition he had become unable to continue in employment, and also felt it unsafe to provide outdoor opportunities even for his own children. Our training course has of course not alleviated the long term condition, but it did allow him an opportunity to learn further skills and to put them into practice for the benefit of his own children in a supported and safe environment.