Into The Woods Call-Out For Participants

Invitation for you to come Into the Woods  

28 June - 16 July at Wyken Slough, Wyken Croft Nature Park & Canley Ford Nature Reserve

The Starfish Collaborative will be delivering a range of projects as part of their Nature/Nurture programme for the communities of Coventry with a specific focus on creative, cultural and green activities in local natural spaces to promote positive physical and mental wellbeing. 

Into the woods is an invitation for -  

  • Young Adults aged 18 - 30 with autism/neurodiversity
  • Women (defined as anyone who identifies as a woman) from all cultures and nationalities who are asylum seekers, refugees or migrants 
  • Adults of any age who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges
  • Local community members who would like to spend more time in green spaces in Coventry.

About Starfish  

The Starfish Collaborative are a Coventry-based Community Interest Company enabling people to access, explore and experience creative and cultural experiences for positive mental health and social change in Coventry and Warwickshire.  

Community - We believe that working together as a community we can all make a positive difference in our own lives and the lives of each other.  

Collaboration - We value and encourage individuality and collaboration, where each person plays a valued part in the development of the project.  Each project we develop is as unique as the individuals and the communities we work with.  

Being human - We are facilitators and enablers, but also co-learners alongside the communities we collaborate with. We place high value on human experience, being real and articulating vulnerability as a strength by recognising that every one of us has something to offer and contribute even when faced with barriers and challenges.  

Image: Woodland, tree trunks in foreground casting shadows on the ground, Image credit: The Starfish Collaborative CIC

Image: Woodland, tree trunks in foreground casting shadows on the ground, Image credit: The Starfish Collaborative CIC

ABOUT INTO THE WOODS & KEY DATES

Supported by #GreenFutures, Coventry City Council and The National Lottery Community Fund 

Into the woods invites different communities to take shelter, have space to rest and also find inspiration in the woodland through a mixture of informal, accessible creative and cultural nature inspired experiences. 

The sessions will take place outdoors where everyone has the opportunity to explore the woodland, rest, relax, get to know the space, share time with Kerry and the Starfish team and try out accessible creative activities in an encouraging and nurturing environment where everyone is enabled to grow. 

Session details –  

Young Adults aged 18 - 30 with autism/neurodiversity

Group Sessions at Wyken Slough 

  • Monday 28th June 1pm – 3pm 
  • Monday 5th July 1pm – 3pm 
  • Monday 12th July 1pm – 3pm 

Group Sessions at Wyken Croft Nature Park 

  • Wednesday 30th June 1pm – 3pm 
  • Wednesday 7th July1pm – 3pm 
  • Wednesday 14th July1pm – 3pm 

 

Women from all cultures and nationalities who are asylum seekers, refugees or migrants 

Group Sessions at Wyken Slough  

  • Monday 28th June 10am – 12pm 
  • Monday 5th July 10am – 12pm 
  • Monday 12th July 10am – 12pm 

Group Sessions at Canley Ford  

  • Friday 2nd July 10am – 12pm 
  • Friday 9th July 10am – 12pm 
  • Friday 16th July 10am – 12pm

Adults of any age who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges

Group Sessions at Wyken Croft Nature Park  

  • Wednesday 30th June 10am – 12pm 
  • Wednesday 7th July 10am – 12pm 
  • Wednesday 14th July 10am – 12pm 

Group Sessions at Canley Ford 

  • Friday 2nd July 1pm – 3pm 
  • Friday 9th July 1pm – 3pm 
  • Friday 16th July 1pm – 3pm 

HOW TO BOOK A PLACE

This is an open invitation for you – or someone you might know - and the sessions are free of charge with support for participants travel fees (petrol/bus fare).  

Please fill in the booking form below or if you prefer you can email Kerry directly to book your space. 

INTO THE WOODS BOOKING FORM 

Timescales for booking - extended to 18 June:If you would to take part in the sessions please fill in the booking form as soon as you can but by Friday 18 June at the latest and we will get in touch with you. Places are limited but if you aren’t offered a place on these current sessions we will keep in contact with you to let you know if there will be any further sessions.  

When you apply, please also complete our anonymous Diversity and Equal Opportunities form:

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FORM

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to have a chat about Into the Woods or have any questions please contact: Kerry Harvey (The Starfish Collaborative) on 07907 823125 or [email protected] 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long will each session be? Sessions last 2 hours. 

How many people will be in a session with me? We are keeping the groups small with a maximum of 8 people per session. 

What if the weather is wet? We have event shelters at the ready if the weather is wet so don’t let that stop you coming! 

What if I need the toilet? There will be an accessible toilet in each location. 

What do I need to do to prepare? Just bring yourself, wear shoes that keep your feet dry and cover your toes, warm clothes including a coat. 

Can you give me more information about the kinds of things we will do? 

Possible activities you will have the opportunity to try include photography, journaling, digital diaries, nature arts and crafts. 

I have a disability/health condition/access needs which may prevent me from attending, is additional access support available? We want to make sure you feel safe, comfortable and cared for when you come to the sessions. In order for us to achieve this care we need to know about your needs so we actively encourage you to let us know any health conditions/disabilities/access needs you have when you book and we can talk with you about how we can best support those needs so you feel confident to come along.  

How will I get there? We have funding to support travel costs and can reimburse petrol and bus fares and can help you with planning your journey. 

Can I bring my children, friends or my dog? Unfortunately, we can’t have any additional people or pets at the sessions for health & safety reasons. If you require the support of an assistance animal – please let us know.  

Will I need to bring food?The session times are 10 – 12 and 1 – 3 and we will let you know which session you are attending  so you can eat before or after. There will be free hot and cold drinks and biscuits and fruit if you do get hungry.