Celebrating Social Enterprise in Kirklees: Eden’s Forest CIC
For Global Entrepreneurship Week & Social Enterprise Day 2021
‘Making Muddy Memories’
Eden’s Forest CIC was established as a CIC in 2017 by Adam Waterman. Using his own lived experience as a young person, and having worked in outdoor learning himself Adam saw clearly the power of the outdoors to help improve children and young people’s physical and mental wellbeing. After graduating from the School of Social Entrepreneurs Adam decided to set up his own social enterprise Eden’s Forest CIC and won the SEYH Start Up of the Year Award in 2019.
Eden’s Forest boast a stunning, versatile and exciting woodland site near Honley train station, within which they have dedicated areas for cooking, tool use, den building and adventurous outdoor activities. Sessions can be hosted at their forest site or at locations throughout Kirklees. All practitioners are very experienced, insured and hold DBS & 1st aid certificates.
Their social purpose is:
‘to improve the mental and physical health of children, young people and adults, within the provision of healthy outdoor activities. Through a positive learning approach of support and guidance, we strive to break down barriers by nurturing favourable perceptions of self. As our beneficiaries build greater resilience, esteem and confidence they will become more empowered to make positive choices and increase a control of their own destiny and horizons. We promote a healthy relationship with the environment and encourage an active sense of responsibility for its’ wellbeing. Giving back to the local community is paramount to our core values.’
Their business model is based on a mixture of grant funding and income from schools and local groups who book to use the facilities Eden’s Forest CIC has to offer.
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