Bear Grylls style adventure for young women facing anxiety, depression and isolation
The project provides an all female environment for vulnerable young women
By Lisa Letcher 06:00, 10 SEP 2019 UPDATED 09:28, 10 SEP 2019 Cornwall Live
A camp adventure project tackling anxiety, depression and social isolation in young women has been hailed an ’emotional success’. The six-week camp-style project, run by Kathy King, of Mevagissey, taught six young women this summer to kayak, SUP, light ﬁres and cook over a campﬁre in a supportive and all female environment.
The project, funded by a grant from the Cornwall School of Social Entrepreneurs and money raised through local fundraising was born “to provide women with opportunities to try outdoor activities in a supportive and relaxed environment which aims to improve mental wellbeing.” All of the teenagers, aged 14-16, involved in the project were referred by youth and social workers from Cornwall Council , The Women’s Centre and Pentreath.
Kathy King said that those involved told her that ‘they would do this programme again’ as it gave them ‘space to be’ and ‘something to look forward to’.
She continued: “I am blown away by the success of our project so far. It has been humbling to see the impact of the course on the young women who have taken part in it, and just leaves me wanting to do more. “My vision is to create positive change in our community by helping to develop a more resilient society. We aim to improve both physical and mental health by reconnecting young people with nature and their local community networks.
We deliver empowering outdoor learning and Forest/ Beach School experiences for young people with the aim to boost emotional literacy in Cornwall.
“The young women on this Wild Camp Adventure Programme all said that ‘they would do this programme again’ as it gave them ‘space to be’ and ‘something to look forward to’.
“They were also delighted in being able to stand on the SUP for the ﬁrst time, and using ﬁre steels to light natural ﬁres, something most of them had never done before.” James Mustoe, Cornwall councillor for Mevagissey and supporter of social enterprises for vulnerable young people, said: “I was absolutely delighted to help Kathy with the initial planning for her project, see it come together and then down the line contribute to funding it via my community chest.
“As we develop a better understanding of mental health issues and their impact on people from across our society it is brilliant to see people like Kathy come forward with positive ideas to help ﬁght problems like anxiety and isolation that are sadly increasingly featuring in our society.
“It has been a pleasure to see the transformative impact the Wild Women’s Adventure Project has had on the young women who have used it and I hope they will be successful in their fundraising to allow more and expanded activities in the future.”
Wild Wonder and Wisdom CIC are currently running a crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds to ensure the sustainability of this project.
It wants to buy a large bell tent to allow all-weather activities and is looking to run similar young women’s projects in the new future, free-of-charge to those who need them. They have so far raised 75% of their target which expires on 25th September 2019. To view the crowdfunder, click the button below.
You can contact Kathy King for more information about Wild Wonder and Wisdom and how you can get involved.