External Links: health & wellbeing

Muddy Faces is all about getting outdoors with your groups, families and friends. More and more evidence proves that getting outdoors and connected to nature is crucial for wellbeing. And that a certain level of risk is important for healthy development and learning. Safe and sensible precautions and planning are the bedrocks of free play and inspiration.

We have compiled a list of interesting & inspiring websites on health & wellbeing, including the main governing bodies, national organisations and initiatives – many are directly related to working & playing outdoors, some have a wider remit or are included because we think they may be helpful to know about.

Click on a tab to see the links in that section.

We do our best to keep these links up to date. If you find any broken or outdated links or have something you think should be added, please email share@muddyfaces.co.uk with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.

We’ve gathered the access & disability links from across our category headings here, as well as adding a few more.

Ableize: countryside

Resource and website list for wheelchair access to the countryside.

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Access Sport

Aim to give children, particularly in disadvantaged areas, access to a wide range of quality local sport. Supporting volunteers to set up & run local sports clubs, with funding, advice & networking.

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ACE Accessible Countryside for Everyone 

Finding accessible places for all to enjoy in England and Wales.

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Action for Children

Helping disadvantaged children – fostering or adoption; intervening early to stop neglect & abuse; making life better for disabled children; influencing policy & advocating for change.

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BEN Black Environment Network

Works to enable full ethnic participation in the built and natural environment.

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Birding For All

Seeking to improve access for people with disabilities to reserves, facilities and services for birding.

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Boccia England

Boccia is a disability sport where players aim to propel balls close to a target ball.

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British Blind Sport

Enabling blind and partially sighted people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities in the UK.

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British Wheelchair Basketball

Find a club, follow the national team, watch videos, join the online community, find rules, courses & events.

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Cerebral Palsy (CP) Sport

Aim to improve the quality of life for people with physical impairments through the provision of appropriate sport and recreational activities.

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Council for Disabled Children

Helping disabled children & those with special educational needs (SEN) to have full, happy childhoods, fulfil their potential & be active within the community. Good resources & help section.

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Disability Snowsport UK

Promote equality and opportunity for people with disabilities to take part in snowsports & improve their enjoyment and standard of performance at the level of their choice.

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Disability Sport

A guide to organised sport & recreational opportunities for people with disabilities, at local & international level.

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EFDS English Federation of Disability Sport

Dedicated to disabled people in sport and physical activity throughout England.

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Equality in Sport

Providing a wide range of equality-related material, including the Equality Standard for Sport, to assist all sporting organisations become more equitable and to provide a service to all sectors of the population.

Gardening for Disabled Trust

“Don’t let disability, age or accident stop you…”. Give grants to people all over the UK in order that they may continue to garden. Also advice, newsletter, events & design.

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Go Kids Go!

Free courses to equip young wheelchair users with the skills to become independently mobile so that they can enjoy the same activities as their able bodied peers.

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Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby

Promote, grow and support wheelchair rugby for the enjoyment for all in England, Scotland and Wales.

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US project advocating for play opportunities for all. “Cities need … family-friendly, kid-friendly environments that promote play everywhere.”

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Enable children with special education needs and disabilities to enjoy their lives and achieve their ambitions, and provide support and guidance to their families.

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Panathlon Challenge

Sporting programmes, training courses & annual ‘mini Paralympics’. “Without Panathlon, many young disabled people would not have an opportunity to take part in competitive sport.”

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Inspires and supports children, young people and adults of all abilities to come together on equal terms and make more of life together.

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Offering fun & challenging residentials, social activities, sports & events for children of all abilities.

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Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

Free online guide to accessible attractions; tips, reviews, etc.

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Scottish Disability Sport SDS

Governing & co-coordinating body of all sports for people of all ages & abilities, developing opportunities & improving performance in disability sport for children, athletes and players with a physical, sensory or learning disability.

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Single Parent Action Network

Campaigning for one parent families from diverse backgrounds and cultures living in poverty and isolation. Also a great parenting site for single parents – lots of resources & info.

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Sporting Equals

Promoting ethnic diversity in sport and physical activity.

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UK Deaf Sport

Encourage deaf people to participate, to enjoy and to excel at sport, including the Deaflympics.

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UK Sports Assoc for People with Learning Disability UKSA

Encourage the development of sustainable, integrated quality sports provision for people with learning disability, from grassroots through to elite international opportunities.

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The national charity for wheelchair sport in the UK, based at Stoke Mandeville, the home of the paralympic movement.

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Women in Sport

Working to transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK, increasing visibility and normalising sport for women and girls.

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Birding For All

Seeking to improve access for people with disabilities to reserves, facilities and services for birding.

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Children & Nature Network

Connecting children, families & communities to nature through innovative ideas, resources & tools. Natural Families Nature Clubs & young person-led Let’s G.O. (Get Outside)!

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CLA Charitable Trust

Grant-making trust founded to encourage landowners to provide opportunities for the disabled and disadvantaged on their property.

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Country Trust

Bringing alive the working countryside for children least able to access it through farm visits, residentials & resources.

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Dimensions Educational Research Foundation DERF

“Our mission is to transform children’s lives through meaningful daily connections with nature.” How children’s connections with the natural world can affect wellness & development.

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Discover the Forest!

Great US site. How to prepare for a trip to the forest or woods, what to do once you’re there (tons of good activities), info on ecosystems, conservation and lots more.

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Farms for City Children

Offers urban children the chance to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside. Founded by children’s author Michael Morpurgo.

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Getting Your Family Outdoors

US site with great tips & guides for getting into the great outdoors with children. From the AMC Appalachian Mountain Club.

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Nature Explore

Help children and families develop a profound engagement with the natural world, where nature is an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning. Research & resources.

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Open Space

Research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments: benefits of getting outdoors & the barriers experienced by different users, particularly disadvantaged groups.

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Outward Bound International

Helping people discover and develop their potential to care for themselves, others, and the world around them through challenging experiences in unfamiliar settings.

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Outward Bound Trust

Using the outdoors to help develop young people from all walks of life, with adventurous & challenging outdoor learning programmes that equip them with skills for education, work & life.

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Project Wild Thing

Film-led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature – Wildtime Ideas to get you outdoors or check out Wildtime Learning ideas.

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Scot Ways

“We work to protect and develop access to the Scottish countryside for all and are home to the Heritage Paths Project.”

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Spirit of Trees

A varied collection of multicultural folktales and myths – a resource for therapists, educators, environmentalists, storytellers and tree lovers!

Thrive: Carry on Gardening

Helping people with a disability to start or continue gardening. Practical info to make garden jobs easier, advice on taking care, useful hints, tips & kit.

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Trees for Health

No longer active but a great archive of information on why trees are good for you; forest gardens & tree food; remedies; tree growing and more.

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Wilderness Foundation

Sharing a common belief in the irreplaceable value of wilderness and the ancient link between humanity and nature: and how by visiting unspoiled places this connection is rekindled.

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World Forum Foundation: Environmental Action Kit 

Inspire children’s love for the earth – free toolkits to download for families or educators.


Linking to a broad range of arts sites for the disabled, including crafts & hobbies, photography, arts groups and activities, music, theatre, dance and more.

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Arts & Health Southwest

Information, support and advocacy organisation for everyone who believes in the value of creativity in enhancing health and wellbeing. Evidence & resources.

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Using the power of the creative arts to transform the lives of society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people; enabling them to develop creativity, learning, social skills and self-esteem.

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Creative Star Learning: art & music outdoors

Great range of activities and inspiration for creativity outdoors.

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Disability Arts Online DAO

Supporting the development of vibrant disability arts & culture – nurturing and showcasing talent, providing information and creating opportunities for disabled artists.

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Disabled Photographers’ Society

Run by disabled photographers for disabled photographers. Promoting photography for people with disabilities, or their carers, or groups or anyone with an interest in helping the disabled.

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insideout community

“We believe that being part of a creative community can lead to the recovery of well being.”

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Kinder Art

Art & creativity activities and lesson plans which have proven successful with children and adults with disabilities.

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LOtC: arts & creativity

Free pdf download on the benefits, provision and support available for outdoor art & creativity with children and young people.


Living Paintings

Free resource which designs, creates and publishes tactile and audio books (Touch to See books) for blind and partially sighted children, teenagers and adults.

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Morning Earth

Celebrating the confluence of art & ecology. Interesting range of teachers resources on nature, environment & education.

National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing 

A voice and resource for arts and health activity – research, case studies and advice.

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Outdoor Education & Self Constructs

Research on the improvement of self-esteem from being in the outdoors from Wilderdom.

Sense: Visual & Tactile Art

Activities, exhibitions and support for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments.

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Paintings in Hospitals

“We believe that art has an important role to play in the healing process. Our research is contributing to the growing body of evidence that art improves wellbeing.”

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Shape Arts

Provides opportunities and support for disabled artists and cultural organisations to build a more inclusive and representative cultural sector.

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Sky Badger

Linking to a wide range of arts, music, drama & dance sites, from a charity aiming to find help & adventure for disabled children and their families in the UK.

Wonder Baby

Helping parents of young children with visual impairments and children with multiple disabilities. Tactile art activities and articles, and sensory activities.

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British Wheel of Yoga

The Sport England-recognised national governing body for yoga. Info on yoga, finding a teacher and training & courses.

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CNHC Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council

UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners, set up with government funding and support. Find a practitioner or get registered.

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Complementary Healthcare Information Service UK

Directories of practitioners, centres and training, glossary of therapies, events, articles and news.

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Federation of Holistic Therapists FHT

Professional association for therapists – training, CPD, support or find a therapist.

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Therapy Directory

Explanations of many different complementary and alternative therapies, plus find a professional therapist near you.

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Counselling Directory

Nationally trained, accredited counsellors & psychotherapists, plus explanations of different types of therapy, therapist finder and lots of useful info.

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Tree Council: hedgerow harvest

Lots of info for teachers on foraging & hedgerows, linked to school activities. History and how study of hedgerows can be good for a child’s well-being.

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Young Minds

Improving the emotional well-being & mental health of children & young people. Parent helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.

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Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

“We get lives on track by using world class athletes to engage, enable and empower disadvantaged young people.”

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Empowers children & adults to get fitter, healthier & happier & to reach or maintain a healthier weight: programmes, info & support on health, fitness, self-esteem, weight loss & getting active.

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Healthy, active-living website that provides tools, tips and advice for people who want to get fit and lead a healthier lifestyle.

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Sporting Equals

Promoting ethnic diversity in sport and physical activity.

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Brings sport to the doorstep of young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK. Aim to “change lives, change communities and change sport.”

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TCV Green Gym

Free outdoor sessions undertaking practical activities such as planting trees, sowing meadows & establishing wildlife ponds, with an emphasis on health & fitness & activities to suit all abilities.

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Women in Sport

Working to transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK, increasing visibility and normalising sport for women and girls.

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Youth Sport Trust

Changing young people’s lives through sport, working at primary & secondary level, including Project Ability for disabled pupils.

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Change for Life

“Would you or your family like to be healthier and happier? Would you like loads of ideas, recipes and games to help you do this? Then you already know why you should join.”

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Choose to Live Better

Public health site about losing weight and getting active in NI.

County Sports Partnerships (CSPs)

Networks of local agencies committed to working together to increase participation in sport and physical activity. Partners include national governing bodies of sport and their clubs, and school sport partners.

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European Healthy Stadia Network

Supports clubs, operators & governing bodies to develop health promoting policies & practices at stadia that contribute to improved levels of public health amongst fans & local communities.


Get A Life, Get Active

From Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency, about keeping active as you get older – for active families, adults and older adults.

Healthier Scotland: Take Life On

Government programme to get Scotland active – aims to encourage people to improve their health in simple, achievable stages.

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National Outdoor Events Association

Dedicated to enhancing professionalism in the outdoor events industry through education, networking, lobbying, advice and creating business opportunities.

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Outdoor Recreation NI

Responsible for developing, managing and promoting outdoor activities including walking, cycling, canoeing and adventure activities throughout NI.

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Sport England

Helping people and communities across the country create sporting habits for life, including the This Girl Can campaign encouraging girls & women to get moving and into sport.

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Sport Northern Ireland

Aims “to promote a culture of lifelong enjoyment and success in sport which contributes to a healthy, fair and prosperous society.”

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Sports Aid

Helping the sports stars of tomorrow today by giving them cash awards during the defining early years of their careers.

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The national agency for sport in Scotland “where sport is a way of life, where sport is at the heart of society, making a positive impact on people and communities.”

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UK Active

3000+ members include LA leisure centres, outdoor fitness providers, trainers, education and training agencies & charities. Aim to get more people, more active, more often – improving the health of the nation through promoting active lifestyles. Formerly the Fitness Industry Assoc (FIA).

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Herbs for Children

Lovely section on sensory herbs for children from the Herbaholics Herbarium!

Let Nature Feed Your Senses 

Encourages people of all ages and abilities to take part in sensory-rich visits on farms, city farms & nature reserves, to explore and enjoy food, farming and nature. Online resources too.

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Sense: Visual & Tactile Art

Activities, exhibitions and support for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments.

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Wonder Baby

Helping parents of young children with visual impairments and children with multiple disabilities. Tactile art activities and articles, and sensory activities.

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American Horticultural Therapy Association

Advancing the practice of horticulture as therapy – lots of research, publications, reading lists etc.

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BAPT British Association of Play Therapists

Promoting the art and science of Play Therapy and promoting high standards in the practice of Play Therapy for the public benefit.

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CAPO Counselling and Psychotherapy Outdoors

Supports counsellors and psychotherapists in taking their therapy practice outdoors and promote, develop and research the practice of counselling and psychotherapy in the outdoors.

Care farming UK

Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices, providing health, social or educational care services for one or a range of vulnerable groups of people.

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Garden Forever

Huge range of articles and links on horticultural therapy & gardening with disabilities, for all ages, abilities and lifestyles, plus tips and how-tos.

Garden Therapy Notes

Providing inspiring information on gardening, horticultural therapy, herbs, and nature connection – lots of articles on therapeutic gardening and HT activities.

Healing Story Alliance

A resource for the use of story in healing. Events, publications, shared stories, resources and many useful links on this sensitive, informative site.

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Nature Therapy

Therapeutic intervention programme created by ex-soldier and bushcraft practitioner: a healing process using nature-based activities to develop a relationship with nature and effect change.

Play Therapy International

International resource for therapeutic play, play therapy, filial play and creative arts therapies – research, resources & youtube channel

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PTUK Play Therapy UK 

UK Society for Play and Creative Arts Therapies – promoting the use of play and creative arts as ways of enabling children to reach their full potential: research, resources, training etc.

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Social & therapeutic horticulture – the process of working with plants to improve physical and psychological health, and communication and thinking skills, for people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

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US Association for Play Therapy

Using the therapeutic power of play to communicate with and treat clients, particularly children. Useful Parents Corner to explain the theory/practice plus research and resources.

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Anti-bullying Alliance

“Together we can stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.” Free training & resources.

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The road safety charity. Info, resources, events & training, including Beep Beep Day for little ones.

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British Red Cross

First Aid courses, refugee support, disaster relief and free citizenship and PSHE teaching resources.

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Child Accident Prevention Trust

Reducing the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents. Advice, resources, campaigns.

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CSSC Sports & Leisure

A not-for-profit organisation aimed at public sector workers positively promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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Family & Childcare Trust

Providing childcare for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Resources for parents & providers.

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Farming Help

Three charities working together to offer confidential help & support for farming families in crisis: 03000 111 999 (7am – 11pm).

Farm Safety Partnership

Collaboration of organisations with an influence over H&S in agriculture; members sign up to a charter to play an active role in improving farm safety.

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Lyme Disease Action

Loads of info, free resources, advice, events, products, research & campaigns.

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Managing Risk in Play Provision: implementation guide

How play providers can replace current risk assessment practice with an approach that fully takes into account the benefits to children & young people of challenging play experiences. From Play England.

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Mountain Aid

Promote training and education in the skills required to enjoy the Scottish hills safely (including free courses) and fund raise for Mountain Rescue.

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Mountain Rescue

Mountain rescue team members are on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Online advice, planning, resources.

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NCB National Childrens Bureau

Improving the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable, through research, policy & partnerships.

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NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit

Safe sports events management tool, policies, guidelines, news, training, resources.


PACEY Professional Association for Childcare & Early Years

Promote best practice and support childcare professionals to deliver high standards of care and learning.

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People’s Health Trust

Funding local community initiatives to address health inequalities.

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Perennial: Royal Horticultural Benevolent Society

Helping people who work in horticulture when times get tough; providing free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance.

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Register of Play Inspectors International

Ensuring playground safety for all types of play areas and equipment through registration & accreditation of playground inspectors.

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RHS Potentially harmful garden plants

“Serious poisoning by plants is very uncommon in the UK. Some garden plants present a hazard, but the risk of severe poisoning, skin reaction or allergy is generally low.” Useful info & harmful plant list.

RoSPA Play Safety

Advice and information, resources, sample policies & risk assessments, to do with play safety in and out doors.

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Royal Life Saving Society

Drowning prevention charity – training lifeguards, educating people about risks, campaigning.

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St John Ambulance

Teaching everyone simple, life saving skills – providing first aid, training & advice, and volunteer opportunities.

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Winston’s Wish

Practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals, including a forum for young people and briefings after tragic events that appear in the media.

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