Into the woods

Supported by City of Culture GreenFutures programme, Coventry City Council, The National Lottery Community Fund, Severn Trent Community Fund and The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Into the woods invited different communities to take shelter, have space to rest and also find inspiration in the woodland through a mixture of informal, accessible creative and cultural nature inspired experiences during June and July 2021

The sessions took place outdoors where everyone had the opportunity to explore the woodland, rest, relax, get to know the space, share time with Kerry, Lindsay and Lisa from the Starfish team and try out accessible creative activities in an encouraging and nurturing environment where everyone was enabled to grow.

We were delighted to be located at three beautiful spaces to run this project!

Wyken Slough | Wyken Croft Nature Park | Canley Ford Nature Reserve

Into the woods was an invitation for:

  • Young people aged 18 – 30 with autism/neurodiversity
  • Women from all cultures and nationalities who are asylum seekers, refugees or migrants
  • Adults of any age who are experiencing mild to moderate poor mental health 
  • Local community members who would like to spend more time in green spaces in Coventry


How long will each session be? Sessions last 2 hours.

How many people will be in a session with me? We are keeping the groups small with a maximum of 8 people per session.

What if the weather is wet? We have event shelters at the ready if the weather is wet so don’t let that stop you coming!

What if I need the toilet? There will be an accessible toilet in each location.

What do I need to do to prepare? Just bring yourself, wear shoes that keep your feet dry and cover your toes, warm clothes including a coat.

Can you give me more information about the kinds of things we will do? 

Possible activities you will have the opportunity to try include photography, journaling, digital diaries, nature arts and crafts.

I have a disability/health condition/access needs which may prevent me from attending, is additional access support available? We want to make sure you feel safe, comfortable and cared for when you come to the sessions. In order for us to achieve this care we need to know about your needs so we actively encourage you to let us know any health conditions/disabilities/access needs you have when you book and we can talk with you about how we can best support those needs so you feel confident to come along.

How will I get there? We have funding to support travel costs and can reimburse petrol and bus fares and can help you with planning your journey.

Can I bring –

My children? – Yes, if you need to bring your children with you please let us know as we have a maximum number of people we can work with at one time. (please note there are no childcare facilities and you will be responsible for your child at all times during the session)

Someone to support me? Yes, if you would like to bring someone who supports you (friend/carer/support worker etc) to the session please let us know as we have a maximum number of people we can work with at one time.

My assistance dog – yes assistance dogs are able to attend with you.

Will I need to bring food? The session times are 10 – 12 and 1 – 3 and we will let you know which session you are attending  so you can eat before or after. There will be free hot and cold drinks and biscuits and fruit if you do get hungry.

If you would like to have a chat about Into the woods or have any questions please contact: 

Kerry on 07907 823 125 or