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Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Rewarding news from Izzy and Carolin today, who have been working in muddy wet conditions supporting well being with vulnerable young people during the toughest times we’ve faced as a generation.

Pushing wheelbarrows, lugging logs, building bridges, football amongst the trees. Building and losing a raft amidst the ‘Wild Rapids’.

Heavy lifting and push/pull activities which provide proprioceptive input in response to the needs of individual participants, supporting young people to better understand where their bodies are, how much is too much pressure, how little is too light a touch.

Children and young people who lean, bite, chew, crash, flap. These are all sensory seeking activities which could suggest they are seeking proprioceptive input. Tight clothing, bear hugs, heavy rucksacks, climbing and pushing and pulling could have the potential to meet those needs. As with everything, one size doesn’t fit all, but the beauty of forest school is that there are naturally occurring opportunities for these things to take place for all children who take part, and in fact for some of those children to benefit greatly from the input. Most participants will find out through experimentation which works for them.

#Enabling Supporting children and young people on an individual level to find out what works for them
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
We’re not a fan of traffic light behaviour management systems here at SG.

Behaviour modification as an outcome is counter productive and can cause PTSD is adulthood.

Compliance in fear of sanctions promotes ‘masking’ of authentic self and doesn’t address the reasons behind behaviours that we may find challenging.

What we DO like, however, is this traffic light system that Sophie N has put together to support young people with communication difficulties or who need a bit of additional support with emotional regulation and impulse control.

This promotes self reflection and an understanding of cause and effect, increasing a young persons ability to risk assess without the need for heavy handed adult intervention.

These cards, when used effectively and consistently in session, can very quickly support a YP to stop and reflect on their actions, no matter how briefly, and without the need for blame, judgement or lengthy discussion.

GO! 🚥
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Good morning! We've been working behind the scenes to clarify who we are what we stand for. Hope you like our Mission and Values, which embody everything that we do here at Stomping Grounds, and help us make the best decisions to support the communities that we pledge to support. Be Wild! Belong Together!
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
I spent today masked and sanitised, delivering messages of connection and support to the women we have been working with as part of Chopwell Lunch Club. What felt good and right about this? Supporting a local artist and group participant by buying pendants to distribute, supporting another local artist and SG contributor by purchasing illustrations, doorstep covid safe chats with most of the group, hearing tales of all shapes and sizes, the snow and ice crunching under foot, the views that Chopwell provides, but in the main staying connected with a community of women through the toughest of times.
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
It was very frosty this morning at Forest School, and the ice invited us to magical play and beautiful experiments - as did the lively stream with its whirls and waterfalls.
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Bryony from NEW has put together a short video showcasing the amazing work we’ve been doing in Chopwell since lockdown in March. It’s so true that together is better. Working with NEW on this fantastic project has been an honour, as has getting to know the women in Chopwell and developing our skills together.

We have been lucky enough to get funding to continue this work into 2021, from Well Newcastle Gateshead and @community causes coop. We can’t meet this month because of restrictions but I’m excited to share some of the creative and beautiful things we’ll be delivering instead later in the week. In the meantime I recommend watching the video 🥰
Stomping Grounds Forest School
North East Wilds CIC
2020 brought the start of our Forest Lunch Club, a wellbeing group for women living in Chopwell. It was not quite as we imagined (like everything last year!) but I think we came out stronger, wilder and more connected as a result - connected to the nature on our doorsteps and to an incredible community of women who it has been an honour to get to know. Here’s a little taster of what we’ve been up to! Thanks to Well Newcastle Gateshead, #Tescobagsofhelp, #Co-oplocalcommunity for your ongoing support and funding. Stomping Grounds Forest School it’s been FANTASTIC working with you! Here’s to another year of Forest Lunch Club!

If you do live in Chopwell ans want to get involved, please send us a message 🙂