Current and upcoming programmes

Our programmes

We run individual and group sea-based programmes for children and young people who have disabilities or additional needs, and those with physical or social-emotional/mental health barriers to accessing sports, community or mainstream education. Additionally, we run programmes for carers and other adults who may be excluded by social and economic barriers.  We aim to make ocean-based activity accessible to everyone.

Our programmes and services are commissioned by schools, charities and public bodies and we also work directly with individuals and families. Below are the programmes we are currently accepting participants on.

~Water ~ Waves ~ Wellbeing ~

A Blue Space Therapy Programme for Unpaid Carers

Give yourself a boost this Spring/Summer with Wild and Free Therapy’s Blue Space programme

This programme, designed by parents of children with disabilities, is uniquely aimed at people just like us, who could benefit from emotional, social and mental health support, while spending time in and by water, enjoying the healing and restorative benefits of the ocean.

Aimed at those who have typically prioritised their loved ones’ health and happiness and would benefit from focussing on their own holistic wellbeing.

If you spend a significant amount of your time caring for a loved one, and feel that this can sometimes impact your ability to maintain a healthy body and mind, this could be just the programme for you!

Each week takes a different focus, allowing participants to experience activities that they may not otherwise have had the time, confidence or opportunity to access, including surfing, paddle boarding, wild swimming, and beach yoga.

Along with the sessions being physically beneficial, they can also help with building self-esteem, resilience, coping strategies, and help people to feel confident about taking on different challenges.

Details of the programme:
Wednesdays 10am – 12pm
Dates: June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, July 3rd, 10th
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Boscombe Honeycombe Beach (by the pier)
Group size: 6-8
Ability: Beginner/Novice/Newcomer/Any!
Cost: £55*

*We will require evidence of your means-tested benefit to demonstrate your eligibility for this programme; full price otherwise is £120

Wild and Free Therapy is offering this unique and exciting opportunity exclusively for unpaid carers in the Dorset area.

Activities will include surfing, body-boarding, paddle boarding, sea swimming, beach yoga.  The sessions will be lead by trained and experienced staff and volunteers. The venue includes warm showers, public and accessible changing, and refreshment facilities. All equipment and wetsuits/safety gear included.

This programme is currently under way, but we hope to be able to run a similar programme from September. Get in touch to register your interest.

Blue Space Wellbeing for Carers
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Fun in the sea

~WonderWaves~

A Blue Space Therapy Programme for home educated children

Aimed at children who are home educated, the six-week programme will provide an opportunity to learn, bond and grow through physical and emotional exploration. With a child-centric ethos, participants will have the opportunity to try activities such as surfing, body boarding and beach yoga, with an emphasis on mindfulness, resilience and trusted attachments. It will also be an opportunity for parents and carers to meet and share time together.

We welcome participants who identify as neurodivergent and those with SEND, alongside their neurotypical friends.

Details of the programme:
Tuesdays: 10am – 12pm
6 weeks starting on Tuesday 4th June
Age Range: 5 to 15 (split by ages)
Location: Sorted Surf School, Boscombe Honeycombe Beach
Price: £95*

* The cost of the programme is kindly supported by The Boshier Hinton Foundation and The Dorset Children’s Foundation. This also means we are able to offer the programme at a reduced cost of £50 to families where affordability is a barrier. We will require evidence of means tested benefits such as Universal Credit.

This programme is currently under way, but we hope to be able to run a similar programme from September. Get in touch to register your interest.

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