Working with young people on the edge of Potential

At the edges human and natural systems are edges full of diversity, disturbance and potential

The Apricot Centre Wellbeing Service works to enhance the wellbeing of children and families through; providing specialist and creative therapies, therapeutic mentoring, and nature-based farm wellbeing activities. We work with children and adolescents (0-25 years old) with complex life circumstances - as is common in adoption, fostering, residential care, special guardianship, care arrangement orders, and also with children who have special educational needs,  disabilities (SEND) and those struggling with mainstream education.

Children playing in the orchard. Wellbeing and Nature

Our Vision:

  • For young people to have an increased experience of wellbeing
  • For carers and professionals - to facilitate (‘make easier’) and enhance your capacity to care while deepening your own experience of wellbeing
  • For families a deepening sense of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ through valuing diversity in individuals and relationships
  • We specialise in focusing on wellbeing benefits to young people from actively connecting with the land, food, creativity and nature

What is Wellbeing?  

Wellbeing means different things to different people. Our approach to wellbeing is in discovering what makes us feel well or 'at home'; in ourselves, in our families/communities, and in our relationship with nature. Wellbeing work can help build esteem, a sense of meaning, belonging or ‘being at home’ in oneself, enhancing emotional and physical health, also improving relationship and community interactions. 

How can accountable professionals benefit?

  • Holistic and child-focussed
  • Accountable service
  • Responsive
  • Accessible
  • Measureable and outcome focussed
  • Transparency and value for money

How can children benefit?

  • A safe space with someone who will listen to and respect you
  • Reducing levels of worry and distress
  • Opportunities for increasing enjoyment and wellbeing
  • Help with communication and relationships
  • Feeling safer and more secure

How can parents and families benefit?

  • Advice and support
  • Respect and being heard
  • Helping children feel part of their family and community
  • Enabling families to resolve distress