Level Up Outdoors

Level Up Outdoors is our bushcraft occupational therapy group funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Level Up Outdoors is a free 5 week programme where young people will build their own world in the woods using principles from sandtray games such as Minecraft.. We will use real life bushcraft skills such as shelter building, fire lighting, sourcing water and outdoor cooking.

To be able to build your world you will need to gain skills and tools. Gaining skills means you can trade with other group members. Swapping skills and working together can earn you Level Up points. Level Up points can be “spent” on equipment that is needed for the next level (the next session).

Sessions take place in Wymondham.
Group 1: Friday 3.30pm-5.30pm:11th March, 18th March, 25th March, 1st April, 8th April (FULL)
Group 2: Wednesday 3.30pm-5.30pm: 20th April, 27th April, 4th May, 11th May, 18th May (FULL)
Group 3: Thursday 3.30pm-5.30pm: 28th April, 5th May, 12th May, 19th May, 26th May (FULL)
Group 4: Wednesday 3.30pm-5.30pm: 1st June, 8th June, 15th June, 22nd June, 29th June (10 spaces available)
Group 5: Friday 3.30pm-5.30pm: 10th June, 17th June, 24th June, 1st July, 8th July (9 spaces available)

Who is the Level Up Outdoors group for?

The Level Up Outdoors group is for young people ages 7-19.

We will run groups for 7-10 year olds, 11-16 year olds and 17-19 year olds.

There will be a maximum on 10 young people on each workshop.

The aim of this programme is to support young people’s mental wellbeing and resilience. This programme is suitable for young people who are:

  • Not attending school or at risk of not attending school
  • Finding school transitions difficult
  • Experiencing school or exam stress
  • Going through difficult life changes at home
  • Finding social relationships challenging
  • Struggling with concentration and focus

The programme will support the young people to:

  • Improve concentration skills
  • Build social skills
  • Learn how to manage emotions
  • Work as a team and independently
  • Voice ideas and learn how to listen to others
  • Manage conflict and decision making
Who are the facilitators?

Meet our team who will be running the programme:

Catherine Gray – CEO and Lead Therapist at Cup-O-T.

Catherine is an Occupational Therapist and EMDR Therapist. She loves cats, Harry Potter, the outdoors, bushcraft, foraging and wild swimming. Catherine has completed her Bushcraft Competency Certificate Training and uses these skills in her occupational therapy sessions.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

We are recruiting for this post soon!

How to sign up?

Who can sign up a young person for the Level Up Outdoors programme?

  • Self referrals – parents/carers
  • Schools
  • Youth organisations

How to sign up:

Complete this sign up form and a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss further.

On the form select: “I would like a funded therapy / group space” and “Level Up Outdoors”

Workshop dates and practical information

Workshop Dates:
Group 1: Friday 3.30pm-5.30pm:11th March, 18th March, 25th March, 1st April, 8th April
Group 2: Wednesday 3.30pm-5.30pm: 20th April, 27th April, 4th May, 11th May, 18th May
Group 3: Thursday 3.30pm-5.30pm: 28th April, 5th May, 12th May, 19th May, 26th May
Group 4: Wednesday 3.30pm-5.30pm: 1st June, 8th June, 15th June, 22nd June, 29th June
Group 5: Friday 3.30pm-5.30pm: 10th June, 17th June, 24th June, 1st July, 8th July

There are 10 spaces on each group. If you need us to talk to your school to ask permission to access the therapy group please let us know.

Sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing is essential. We recommend wearing warm clothes that you do not mind getting dirty or damaged.

We will be working with tools such as bushcraft knives and saws, as well as firelighting. All tools will be provided and instruction given on safe use. Please do not bring any of your own tools to the workshops.