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Grant success for Woodland Project

The Woodland Project in East Sussex has won a grant of almost £50,000 to advance its work of organising days out in the woodlands for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities, their families and siblings. Nick Terdre reports.

The project was one of five in the Meridian East region shortlisted by The People’s Projects – a partnership between the National Lottery, Big Lottery Fund and ITV – for a grant of up to £50,000. Following a round of voting they were declared one of the three winners.

The Woodland Project offers days out in nature for families who have a child with a severe physical or learning disability, families who have a child experiencing mental health issues and 11 to 18-year-olds who are accessing mental health services. It allows these families to spend quality time together, relaxing in their natural surroundings, free of distractions and judgement.

Run by Circle of Life Rediscovery and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, the project is funded solely through donations and external funding.

Marina Robb

Marina Robb

“We are overjoyed to have been successful in winning this future-changing grant of £49,934,” said Marina Robb, director of Circle of Life Rediscovery.”We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and believed in the value of the work we are doing here, to help support these young people and families.

“Our aim at Circle of Life Rediscovery is to help young people and families to get outside; to get them involved and learning new skills in the woodlands. And with this incredible opportunity The Peoples Projects has given us, we want to invite others to become involved and continue to support The Woodland Project.

“The project is funded solely through donations and external funding, so even with this amazing grant we have received, the need for support doesn’t stop. You could show your support by volunteering, fundraising or giving a donation – any support is welcomed and would help us to create a sustainable future for The Woodland Project.”

See Circle of Life Rediscovery website. To find out how you can support the Woodland Project or to apply for a day out, call 01273 814226 or email


Posted 12:48 Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 In: Young People

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