Quest is a group of adults from Staffordshire with varying mental health needs who participate in farm-based learning activities using animals, plants and the countryside, through a project called ‘Wellies’.
The group of adults have experienced first hand the positive impact that learning can have on their well-being and the therapeutic benefits of being active and outdoors. The group has learned new skills and refreshed old skills too, through day courses, including bread and sausage making, cooking, floristry, tractor driving, animal care, donkey walking and grooming, coppicing, making bird feeders and benches, horse riding and also fishing. Through informal and fun activities, members of the group now believe that their personal aspirations are achievable.
One member of the group said, “I have had such a lovely new experience riding a horse; who would believe that I can do it!” This group member is now planning to take horse riding lessons. Two other members of the group learned how to make bread and now meet up socially to make bread together. Nominator Julie White said, “The project has been like a breath of fresh air, and has proved without a shadow of a doubt how learning promotes feelings of well-being.”