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Wild Wellbeing is a project funded by the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group aimed at connecting children and young people with outdoor activities to improve their health and wellbeing. The project will also include the families in the play based activities, based on the Forest Schools concept delivered by Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT).

Community360, through the NEE Children’s Partnership Board are working collaboratively as the lead provider with the following partners - EWT, the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS), Colchester Borough Council, One Colchester, schools in Colchester and Tendring to deliver this fantastic opportunity to children and young people.

Tracy Rudling, CEO of Community360 commented “we wanted as many partners to be involved in this project as possible and I am delighted with the result. This is a fantastic collaborative opportunity for children, young people and their families”.

Laura Harvey, Outdoor Learning Manager from Essex Wildlife Trust said “Essex Wildlife Trust education team are very excited about leading the programmes for this project to support families gaining skills and confidence accessing natural outdoor places and to increase wellbeing in children and their families”.

EWT will deliver 20 Forest School Programmes over the next 12 months on school grounds and/or local accessible outdoor spaces. School staff will receive free training provided by EWT focussing on the understanding the natural environment and how to use it to increase wellbeing.

The aim is for children and young people to have increased self-esteem and confidence to generally enjoy outdoor life more with their families, recognising how much fun it can be for all the family.

Furthermore, Community360 will facilitate a bursary fund for schools to bid into to provide further support to children and their families.

A spokesperson from Colchester Borough Council said “The project also supports the aims of the Livewell campaign, an Essex wide initiative that promotes mental/ physical health and wellbeing across the life course'.(

Pam Green, Director of Transformation and Strategy at NEECCG, said, “We are so happy to fund this project. One of our key priorities is to make sure that every child in north east Essex has the best start to life, and this project is a great opportunity to do that, especially with the increasing rate of mental health conditions in children. This is a wonderful way to involve all the family in helping to improve wellbeing.”

If you want to find out more about the programmes being delivered or want to be involved, you can contact Laura Harvey on 01621 862992 or email

For information about volunteering opportunities, the bursary fund or general information on the project, please contact Adam Fox, Senior Engagement Officer at Community360 on 01206 505250 or email


Editors’ notes For further information please contact Community360 on 01206 505250 or email

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Established in 1968 to assist charities, voluntary and community organisations in Colchester and Braintree (300+) through any activities which provide representation, enable development, encourage liaison, nurture strategic partnerships and provide support to promote voluntary action.

Our frontline services are developed in response to local needs and not only assist established community groups but are designed to address unmet needs, with project development defined by the communities we work with to improve their outcomes and life opportunities.

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