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 Starting on Tuesday 13th March21st February 2018 - 6:37 pm

      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 […]

  • A Busy Day at Nature and Nurture!12th December 2017 - 4:00 pm

    Its been a busy day at Nature and Nurture today . . . we had our quarterly Board meeting this morning, followed by presentation of a cheque for £500 from Dovefest (huge thanks to them!) then a delicious staff Christmas Lunch at the Shoulder of Mutton in Osmaston. Tonight we’re holding the last meeting of […]

  • Tribute to Tilly15th November 2017 - 5:36 pm
  • New Therapy Group Starts 28th November3rd November 2017 - 6:56 pm

    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 […]

  • Every Little Helps!23rd October 2017 - 12:16 pm

    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 […]