Our Primary and Second Stage patients were presented with an exciting opportunity by Alice Tucker at Goblin Combe to attend a two-day residential.

Goblin Combe is an environmental centre situated in the heart of rural Somerset, just south of Bristol, and is 130 acres of woodland with 80 of these acres being Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) land. The centre offers activities, courses and learning programmes that can be tailored to suit individual needs.

There’s also a comfortable and cosy 38-bedroom lodge available and it is nestled right in the heart of this beautiful environment.

The team at Goblin Combe aim to help everyone realise their potential through experiences in the natural environment.

 

Broadway Lodge was offered the opportunity to help rebuild and add to Goblin Combe’s current assault course which is set in the woodland area.

On the first visit our patients had to Goblin Combe, the idea was to tackle the assault course whilst having a survey of the surrounding area and discussing development ideas with Alice and one of her colleagues, an expert in assault course building.

The following week they set off with much excitement only to be met with the ‘mother of all’ downpours of rain leaving them soaked through. There was also not much assault course building because somebody had forgotten to bring the tools. Fortunately, this turned out to be a good thing as it presented the team with a better opportunity to plan the course.

The next day, when the weather was much considerably better, they were finally able to put all their careful planning into action and our patients built several additions to the current course. According to Alice and the Goblin Combe website the new additions our patients made have already been used and well received.

In the evening the patients were able to relax after a hard day’s work and enjoyed the use of the lodge, cooking a stew and roasting marshmallows on an open fire. They enjoyed some banter between each other on a trivial pursuit quiz and this rounded off a great residential visit.

 

Alice visited Broadway Lodge the following week to present our patients with certificates. These certificates outlined their attendance and the transferable skills they achieved, such as planning, patience, resilience and team work.

A big thank you to Counsellor Sue Grey and Volunteer Health and Support Assistant Marco Adams for supporting the patients at Broadway Lodge and a massive thank you to Alice Tucker at Goblin Combe for the opportunity.