The Club

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.

grooming Blue

The Club

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

bunny therapy

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…

Our little Club maybe small but we do have a massive reach, last year we were interviewed for the Open University Course on Autism to help others understand our methods and approach.  The Little Explorers has been working in conjunction with the Leicester University on the Dream Project to understand the ethics behind using robotics to help Autistic children and their families.  We are always open to new ideas and approaches and will support research projects around the world.
Blue and Iris woods


7 thoughts on “The Club

  1. Sarah Bacon says:

    Have tried to send you an email but wouldn’t send can you let me know if you have received this
    Many thanks

    ‘re Charlotte Joyce

  2. geraldine white says:

    What a wonderful place of mutual respect and love and learning.

    We are in Bristol – is there anything similar in our area do you know?

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