Helping little cubs explore the great outdoors!
We are celebrating inspiring over 500 under 7s to explore the great outdoors across our city thanks to our Wolves in the Woods project.
Thanks to generous funding from Millennium Point Trust, since 2019, Wolves Play Café have provided vital opportunities for 582 under 7s within Wolverhampton to explore the outdoors, develop skills such as problem-solving, natural science knowledge and support for 436 caregivers of under 7s with free and easy outdoor play ideas and the space to share important stories.
Investing in our city spaces
As well as delivering over 60 play sessions in peaceful wooded settings, across 3 years Wolves Play Café has provided over £8500 investment into two city spaces of Boundary Way Community Garden in Warstones and Gatis Community Space in Whitmore Reans, to create useable forest spaces for local children and their families in the heart of the city for years to come. Outdoor shelters and play resources such as wicker play dens, water wheels, pulleys and crawl-through tunnels have enhanced the play opportunities for under 7s in their local communities.
My boys thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful play session in the woods - they didn’t want to leave. The staff were friendly and attentive and the resources provided for the kids were amazing." Riz, Gatis Community Space, 2022
Over 80% of the attendees return to play more than once and caregivers have been keen to share how important the play and project is to them. Some attendees have since signed up for an allotment of their own, to support the next generation of gardeners and natural science enthusiasts.
‘My granddaughter who is 6 planted seeds and picked fresh vegetables and said ‘it’s one of the best places I’ve been!" Gail, Boundary Way, 2022
Learning and next steps
Nature Play Celebration Events are being held on Saturday 13th August at Gatis Community Space, as part of their Community Fun Day and Saturday 3rd September at Boundary Way Allotments. You can find out more and join in these, or how about bringing your little cubs to our next Wolves in the Woods sessions in September 2022, open for booking now!
We are so grateful for the investment and support of Millennium Point Trust in STEM opportunities in the West Midlands. Thanks to them, the Wolves in the Woods project has been able to make a real impact for little ones’ play opportunities and development in Wolverhampton. We can’t wait for our celebration events to share the fun we’ve been having." Lisa Stallard, Director at Wolves Play Cafe CIC
About the Funder
Millennium Point is an award-winning charitable trust dedicated to the promotion and development of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. For more information please visit www.millenniumpoint.org.uk.