The Little Explorers is an autism friendly activity club based in East Farndon, Leicestershire. We have created a safe and understanding environment to have fun and socialise with other families. The main beneficiary groups who benefit from the club are children on the autistic spectrum and their families, carers, people with mental health difficulties and people with disabilities. The age ranges from young children to their parents and grandparents. We are addressing the following issues – education, training, respite, health & wellbeing, rural/agricultural, arts & culture, social isolation and a stronger community/cohesion.
Our innovative project using aquaponics creates academic learning opportunities, independence and a deeper understanding of nature. The animals help with the therapeutic approach to education in conjunction with AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy), which is successful for many conditions including Autism, ADD, ADHD, anxiety and depression. AAT lowers blood pressure, increases oxytocin, aids concentration, calms, builds confidence and social interaction.
Animal Assisted Therapy sessions
Activity Days – archery, music workshops & cookery
Workshops for Educators and Parents
Working in partnership with schools & groups
Reading to our Little Friend’s scheme
We are very grateful for any donations as it helps pay for more animal feed, materials and the special activities like the archery, animal encounters, cooking, arts and crafts, music workshops, history re encactors & Camps for the families…