In the summer of 2017 we were successful in getting some grant funding from Mid Sussex District Council to run some free family forest school taster sessions. We decided to use some of this to trial some sessions for families with children with additional needs - somewhere families could come along with all their children to relax, have fun and feel supported. We linked up with local charity Special Families, East Grinstead and we all had an amazing time. The feedback was hugely positive and we realised that there is a big demand for this type of provision.

Although that initial grant funding has now gone, we have just learnt that we have been successful with our bids to Sussex Community Foundation & Greggs Foundation so we will be able to offer more in the future. We will shortly be offering a free Little Critters mid week group for families with children under 5 - this will run as a 6 week block and likely to be in the afternoon. If you are interested in finding out more please do contact us at

At the moment we also working in partnership with Special Families, East Grinstead and running monthly sessions in Turners Hill for them. This site is very accessible, there is plenty of parking and there are toilets available too (including a disabled toilet, albeit quite basic) but it works really well as a venue. If you are interested in coming along and live in East Grinstead or the surrounding villages please click on their link below.

One member explained that it was nice to have an activity that all her children could access no matter what their age or differences, this session was the only thing they’d found that ticked all of those boxes. That is the ultimate aim....something that crosses every boundary of inclusion. Thank you again for making this happen, having something so truly inclusive is a rare and very wonderful thing. Lots of happy families today!