Every Little Helps!

A huge THANK YOU to Moore & Moore Beer and other musicians who have raised a fantastic £550 for us by collecting loose change at their Bandstand Busks at Mercia Marina this year – its amazing how the coins have added up, and just shows that small donations can accumulate and make a big difference.  Heartfelt thanks to all the visitors to the Marina who donated to us in appreciation of the great entertainment provided by the very talented musicians.
Duncan and Frances are pictured gratefully accepting a cheque from everyone involved last weekend, at the last Bandstand Busk this year.

Pictured from left to right are: Tony Preston, Manager at Mercia Marina; Kevin Goodall, musician; John Beer of Moore & Moore Beer; John Roden, musician; Karen Moore of Moore & Moore Beer; Steve Bowdey, musician; David Moore of Moore & Moore Beer; Steve Chester, musician; Duncan Robb and Frances Weston of Nature and Nurture CIC

 

Sunshine Ball a Huge Success!

Sunshine Ball, our first fundraising Ball, was held on Friday 22 September in the fabulous marquee at Osmaston Park, and raised the incredible sum of £12,000!

We were incredibly touched by the number of people in the community who offered their support either by donating goods or services, purchasing tickets and coming along to support the event,  or lending a helping hand before, during and after the Ball.

Many parents of children and young people who have used the service were among the guests and one asked our MC, Roy Sheppard, to share their story on the night, which was as follows:

“At the end of last year our world as parents turned upside down, when our child expressed words that no one ever wants to hear.  They wished they ‘were no longer alive’.  Their mental health spiralled very quickly as they struggled to cope with difficult emotions following a period of transition in their life.  Of course, as parents we tried to do everything we could to support them along with our amazing GP and their school.  Our child was referred to CAMHS by the GP where the initial outcome was a recommendation for NHS funded counselling through ‘Safe Speak’.  The first appointment was booked and could take place locally at school.  Our relief was short-lived; we were called to be advised the the counselling could no longer be offered locally, as the facility had been withdrawn.  The counselling could only be offered in Derby and unfortunately there was a 12 month waiting list.  We had a child who was trying to harm themselves and expressing suicidal thoughts – how could this be?  We talked to our GP who advised us of the excellent results she had seen from a therapy centre in Osmaston.

We were very fortunate when Nature and Nurture stepped in, and offered the crucial early intervention our child needed through a series of group therapy sessions; which helped them to develop emotional resilience, confidence and self esteem.  A year has passed and we have our child back and they are truly blossoming, looking ahead  to the future and happy again.  I am scared to think of the possible outcome if they hadn’t had the facility that Nature and Nurture were able to provide at the time.  We would still be waiting now for that other appointment.

Sadly many parents are faced with this dilemma and, indeed, we met so many parents with similar stories at Nature and Nurture.  We are so grateful for everything Nature and Nurture has done for our child, I don’t know where we would be without them.”

In the words of our patron, Lady Philippa Walker-Okeover, the event was “a triumph of an evening . . . all the different elements came together so well – the food was utterly delicious, the magician utterly brilliant, the Auction entertaining and the band was excellent, and above all such a lovely atmosphere”.  Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who contributed to making the evening such a huge success.

Here is a selection of images from the Ball




 

 

New Therapy Group for 8-12 year olds

Its hard to believe a year has passed since we ran our first 2-day therapy group during the school holidays last year!  It was such a success that we are doing it again this year on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th August. This group is aimed at 8-12 year olds, and children must be able to attend both days.  We will be including animal assisted therapy, ecotherapy, aromatherapy and yoga.

Is your child, or a child you know, struggling with an emotional issue or mental health difficulty at the moment?

  • Perhaps they have experienced a bereavement, family break up, bullying or other upsetting situation and are feeling very sad, or it has affected their confidence or self-esteem.
  • Maybe they are feeling anxious, and this could be affecting school attendance, or causing other problems.
  •  Or perhaps they are having difficulties controlling their anger, and this is affecting relationships and family life.

The aim of our groups is to help children and young people cope with difficult feelings – anger, anxiety and sadness – and learn to express them in healthy ways.  Feedback from previous participants and their parents has been extremely positive, with everyone finding our groups very beneficial.

Parents/carers are offered the opportunity to spend some time with our Parenting Practitioner for support and management advice,  while their teenager is attending the group sessions.

We do not charge for these groups, however places are limited so do get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested.  Call 01335 418139 or email us.

Local Couple hold Open Garden for Nature and Nurture

We are so grateful to local couple Juergen and Allie Klein, who very kindly opened their beautiful garden to visitors on Sunday 2nd July to generate funds for Nature and Nurture.  They raised a fabulous £659.47!  Here is a selection of pictures from the event.  We are delighted that Allie is now going to join our Fundraising Committee, Friends of Nature and Nurture, and think she will be a great asset to the team.

 

 

New Therapy Group for Teenagers Starts on June 8th

Is your teenager, or a teenager you know, struggling with an emotional issue or mental health difficulty at the moment?

  • Perhaps they have experienced a bereavement, family break up, bullying or other upsetting situation and are feeling very sad, or it has affected their confidence or self-esteem.
  • Maybe they are feeling anxious, and this could be affecting school attendance, or causing other problems.
  •  Or perhaps they are having difficulties controlling their anger, and this is affecting relationships and family life.

Our next therapy group is starting on 8th June, and will run for a further five weeks on Thursday evenings.

The aim of the group is to help young people cope with difficult feelings, and learn to express them in healthy ways.  Feedback from previous participants and their parents has been extremely positive, with everyone finding our groups very beneficial.

Parents/carers are offered the opportunity to spend some time with our Parenting Practitioner for support and management advice,  while their teenager is attending the group sessions.

We do not charge for these groups, however places are limited so do get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested.  Call 01335 418139 or email us.

TV Auctioneer to Support our Fundraising Ball

We are delighted to announce that Charles Hanson, star of tv’s Bargain Hunt, Flog It!, The Antiques Road Trip and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, has very kindly agreed to be the Auctioneer for our auction at our fundraising ball to be held on 22 September 2017 at Osmaston Park!

Now all we need are a few more really special ‘lots’ for him to auction on our behalf – please can you help us?

These are the kind of things we are looking for:

~ Luxury opportunities to meet celebrities; sporting heroes, actors and musicians
~ VIP film premieres
~ Private dining experiences
~ holidays in unique destinations not available to the public
~ track days
~ luxury car for a weekend
~ concert or theatre tickets
~ rally experience
~ exclusive dining opportunities at top restaurants
~ personal chef for a dinner party
~ Michelin star experience
~ cases of exclusive wine/champagne
~ luxury accommodation at desirable venues/locations
~ flights – plane, hot air balloon, helicopter etc
~ designer outfit/accessories

If you, or anyone you know, might be willing to donate an auction prize to us along the lines of the list above, or something else, we would love to hear from you. Thank you so much.

Bertha Passes KC Bronze Test

We’re so proud of little Bertha who passed her Kennel Club Bronze obedience exam this evening (despite having a broken tail!) successfully completing another step on her journey to becoming a therapy dog.

Patron completes fundraising Mud Run

A huge thank you to our lovely patron, Lady Philippa Walker-Okeover, who is took part in the Wild Mud Run at Osmaston Park this morning to raise money for Nature and Nurture!

Here she is after completing the 5k obstacle course and fun mud run

Ladies Night A Great Success!

Our first ‘Ladies Night’ was a complete sell out! Local make-up artist Esther Marie gave an excellent demonstration showing us how to look ten years younger, and Liz Parker (our lovely parenting practitioner – pictured below) volunteered to be the model.

 

We are very grateful to Annie Maudling from On A Wick and a Prayer , Julie Hughes from The Village Rainbow and Louise Grey from Silver Sentiments for bringing their lovely products to sell on the evening, and to all the members of our Friends Committee for their hard work.  We made a fantastic £665.50!