Silver Saplings Adventures offers older people who feel socially isolated a chance to re-engage with their communities and build new friendships whilst connecting with nature. Participants will be collected in the Wild things! minibus and supported by our experienced instructors and younger volunteers to take part in activities which they may no longer able to enjoy due to lack of confidence, equipment, transport or age related health issues.
Examples of our activities include rock pooling, pond dipping, osprey and dolphin spotting, as well as nature-based crafts and gentle but wild walks on beaches, amongst bluebell filled woodlands and the changing colours of autumn. On arrival, we set up a base camp with sturdy camping chairs, a tipi and campfire as well as a pop up café. Tea and scones are served whilst participants share stories, reminisce and explore the location with younger volunteers, instructors and mobility aids where necessary.
Due to the current situation we are unable to run these groups at the present time, but if you are interested please contact us using the form below and when we are able to start we will be in touch.
We are able to provide 10 spaces per group and we will be running 2 groups in each of the highlighted areas above.
By clicking submit you agree to our terms and conditions. Also to take part in the evaluation of the programme. This will involve completing a questionnaire both before and after taking part in the programme.
I agree to my completed questionnaires being given a personal identification number. This will be stored alongside my name by Wild Things! for the sole purpose of linking my before and after questionnaire answers. Once the data has been linked, the file with my name and personal identification number will be destroyed (we do not need your name for data analysis purposes).
I agree to an anonymised version of my questionnaire answers (with all personal identifiers removed) to be shared with researchers from the University of the Highlands and Islands Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing for the sole purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of the programme. The researcher will carry out statistical analysis on the anonymised data. This will be included in an evaluation report for Wild Things! It may also be included in academic publications or presentations, with prior approval from Wild Things! No identifiable data will be used in publications or presentations.