Aromatherapy and Yoga on offer at our 2-day Therapy Group

Huge thanks to Natasha Restrick of Holistic Aromatherapy & Massage (Natasha Restrick) and Julie Bates of Little Lotus Yoga for Children for giving up their time this week to offer sessions on aromatherapy and yoga for the children who attended our 2-day therapy group. Both sessions were extremely powerful and the children loved them! They also learnt valuable ways to use smell, touch, breathing, movement and relaxation to supplement the work we did to help them cope with difficult feelings, and had some lovely gifts to take home with them.

SUMMER THERAPY GROUP FOR TEENAGERS STARTING SHORTLY

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 and learn to express them in healthy ways.

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

Feedback from previous participants and their parents has been extremely positive, with everyone finding our groups very beneficial.

We do not charge for these groups, but if you are able to make a donation towards our costs that is very much appreciated.

Places are limited and teenagers will need an assessment before being accepted in to the group, so do complete one of our referral forms and send it to us as soon as possible.

https://www.natureandnurture-cic.org/refer-a-child/

Wild Mud Run – Osmaston Park – Saturday 24th March

 

For the second year running our wonderful patron, Philippa Walker-Okeover, got muddy in support of Nature and Nurture! This year she had support from friends Henrietta and Emma, and our very own Kirsty Cooper, and our volunteer Grace Wonder also joined in the fun supporting the runners as a marshal.  We are full of admiration for the girls getting cold, wet and muddy to support us and thank them all from the bottom of our hearts.

                           

 

 

Fundraising Ceilidh

Huge thanks to Miriam Ingram and the Harding family for organising a fantastic Ceilidh on Friday 16th March at Ashbourne Golf Club and donating a share of the proceeds to Nature and Nurture.  We are so grateful for your support!

New Therapy Group Starting on Tuesday 13th March

 

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.
Our next children’s therapy group is starting on Tuesday 13th March. The group will meet each week from 6-7.30pm over 6 weeks, with a 2-week break for Easter.
The aim of our groups is to help children and young people cope with difficult feelings, especially anxiety, 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 child is attending the group sessions.
We do not charge for these groups, but if you are able to make a donation towards our costs that is very much appreciated.

Places are limited and children will need an assessment before being accepted in to the group, so do get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested.

Call 01335 418139 or email us office@natureandnurture-cic.org

 

A Busy Day at Nature and Nurture!

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 our children’s therapy group before breaking up for Christmas . . . . its all go!

 

 

 

 

Tribute to Tilly

New Therapy Group Starts 28th November


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.
Our next children’s therapy group – for 10-14 year olds – is starting on Tuesday 28th November at 6pm.  The group will meet 3 times before Christmas, and 3 times after Christmas on Tuesday evenings from 6-7.30pm
The aim of our groups is to help children and 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 child is attending the group sessions.
We do not charge for these groups, but if you are able to make a donation towards our costs that is very much appreciated. Places are limited and children will need an assessment before being accepted in to the group, so do get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested. . . . call us on 01335 418139 or email us

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