Remembering our Roots

Remembering Our Roots (ROR) is a Community Interest Company based in Cornwall. We offer support through 1:1 and group programmes, both in person and online, indoors and outside in therapeutic settings to help people: 

  • acknowledge, open up to, heal and integrate traumatic events, 
  • develop a strong sense of nature connection 
  • learn bushcraft & wilderness skills 
  • receive support on the journey into successful and fulfilling adulthood.

The groups we primarily work with are: victims of crime, vulnerable children & adults, military service personnel, veterans and their families, fathers, children in care and care leavers.

I love this work, am a director of ROR and work closely with fellow director James Oecken.  In the past few years, I have regularly staffed for ROR on long weekend retreats in woodlands.  Some of these have been ‘Rites of Passage’ weekends for teenagers struggling at school, and have had a powerful and lasting impact, not least on me.

Others have been with larger, general school groups, with a greater emphasis on nature connection and adventure.  I’ve also learned Bushcraft alongside struggling young men through an ROR programme, and worked for ROR in mentoring a troubled young boy in foster care, often spending time 1:1 in nature, supporting him for a return to school and a new life with his father.
Many young men who have been supported 1:1 with ROR have made a successful progression to the group Rite of Passage Mentoring Programme through the national charity ‘abandofbrothers’, I am one of the leaders of the Cornish Community and many of us staff both ROR and ‘abandofbrothers’ Rites of Passage weekends, supporting teenagers and young men.
Share This