Whereas before I had to pretend that everything was ok, here I could just open up. I wasn’t afraid to admit that I needed help in certain areas – it was like having a weight taken off my shoulders. For one day I could come here and reveal the truth about what was happening to me. First of all it’s not between four walls, it’s being outside and getting back to basics, stripping everything back to what you really need. And even though you’re outside the wood seems to envelop and hug you. It’s a little like being a child again; we forget how to play and have fun and learn new things. Here I can play with willow or woodwork, or just have a laugh. The journey with my mental health has been ongoing and I feel that if there were more places like this it would make such a difference.

Tammy

November 2020

Making a bowl or a spoon can be really satisfying. This sort of therapy is far more helpful and beneficial than most drugs, particularly for people who are suffering from low self-esteem and lack of confidence. If I’d attended the Cart Shed when I was being given anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication, I genuinely think I’d have reduced or stopped both. It’s a better antidote for depression and more mild forms of anxiety than any medication could ever be. The same goes for low self-esteem, issues with confidence and, particularly, social anxiety.

It’s a place where I don’t feel threatened. If you have a low day then you don’t have to socialise, no one was on at me. But seeing the open fire and the pigs they had here, it was lovely and so calming. It connected me with outside and took me out of myself. I could still relapse any time, but this place gives you the chance to move on. I always thought I’d be judged because of what I’d done, but not here, there’s no pressure.

Hannah

November 2020
Lee Bayley

A truly amazing outdoor setting, both my daughters 10 and 7 year old have visited here over the summer with other Armed Forces families children. They have enjoyed learning and developing new skills ( den builds, cooking, fire prep and much more) All the staff are fabulous! 5*****

Lee Bayley

August 2020
Myra Benson
Its calming atmosphere is good for the soul.

Myra Benson

Gayle Good

Had a great visit to the cart shed, Liz and the team do an amazing job and it’s all set in the most wonderful surroundings. I was also lucky to be given a hand grown courgette straight out the ground for my dinner

Gayle Good

1 year ago
Leigh Larkin

My daughter had the most wonderful time with you at the Eardisland Craft Fair this weekend. You were kind enough to spend time explaining the crafts to her and allowing her to get hands on. She really loved it and we’ve all heard lots about it since!

Leigh Larkin

1 year ago
Isabel Clark

Amazing place and wonderful people which helped me heal.

Isabel Clark

2 years ago
Becca Preece

Wow! What a great place to work…spent a lovely day and The Cart Shed Holiday Club today! Lovely setting, well resourced and fabulous team of adults and children. Thanks ‘the cart shed’ see you all tomorrow!

Becca Preece

2 years ago
John Mills
My partner John has been attending the horticultural course and the wood working courses here since last year. He has come along tremendously well since starting these two courses. The environment they work in is peaceful and therapeutic and the staff are brilliant. I can’t thank you all enough for all giving him these opportunities.
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John Mills

2 years ago
Anna Weston

I’ve had an excellent day at the cart shed today working on the raw craft skills. Definitely a must. A very relaxed team and the participants are so friendly. The lunch is superb and ample. Thank you to you all

Anna Weston

2 Years Ago
Abbey Crunch

Wow what a wonderful place. I spent the afternoon at the Norton Cannon site today and had a fantastic time. I met some amazingly talented people and was made to feel so very welcome. I am looking forward to spending more time there in the new year and excited about what I will create. Thank you to everyone at the cart shed.

Abbey Crunch

2 Years Ago