About us

Modern life is taking a toll on children and young people, with almost 50% of them unable to sleep because of stress and worry, with others missing meals or avoiding school or friends (YouGov survey 2014).

Despite promises of extra funding to NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) they are in crisis with waiting times often reaching 18 months or more, and only the most severe cases being accepted. Other services have had their funding cut in recent years.

Many local children and young people are in desperate need of support with mental health issues and the lack of existing services to help them is having a devastating effect on them and their families.  Children often feel overwhelmed, frightened and alone without the help they need, and can begin self-harming and even become suicidal.

Nature and Nurture CIC offers psychological, creative and holistic therapies for children and young people in Derbyshire and beyond, who are experiencing emotional problems.  We are a community interest company operating as a not-for-profit social enterprise.

Our unique approach to working with children and young people is based on two key principles:

  • Holistic service  – we offer therapies to treat and nurture both the mind and the body. The latest research in the field of neuroscience shows that a combination of talking therapies and ‘body-based’ activities gives the best chance of recovery from trauma and improving emotional wellbeing
  • Environment – we believe that the environment that therapy is offered in is crucially important.  Sunshine Barn, home of Nature and Nurture, is a suite of sympathetically restored and cosily furnished farm buildings set in the countryside.  It offers a safe, non-clinical, peaceful and nurturing environment with access to nature and animals – both proven to aid healing.

Early intervention from services such as Nature and Nurture can provide tremendous relief, and prevent problems escalating.  We offer support to children individually and in groups, and we also offer support to parents/carers.

We do not charge for our services. Our work is funded by grants, corporate sponsors, private donations and our own fundraising, so that all children and young people – regardless of their parent/carer’s financial situation – can experience and benefit from all that Nature and Nurture has to offer.  However, if parents/carers are able to make donations towards the cost of their childrens’ therapy, this is always very much appreciated.

Latest news

  • New Therapy Group for 8-12 year olds14th July 2017 - 12:35 pm

    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 […]

  • Local Couple hold Open Garden for Nature and Nurture11th July 2017 - 1:28 pm

    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 […]

  • New Therapy Group for Teenagers Starts on June 8th22nd May 2017 - 5:18 pm

    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 […]

  • TV Auctioneer to Support our Fundraising Ball2nd May 2017 - 6:40 pm

    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 […]

  • Bertha Passes KC Bronze Test11th April 2017 - 12:53 pm

    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.