On Wednesday 25th February our second ‘school trip’ took 4 staff and 7 students to the Rococo Gardens in Painswick.

The inspiration behind the location was that it gave the group an opportunity to see a combination of Horticulture, Art and also the chance to go out socially to a space where they would probably not normally visit.

For some of the young people in ‘Hope Training’ high anxiety and low self esteem can mean doing anything different, especially going somewhere new and public, can be a huge challenge, so simply getting into a car and driving from Painswick to Stroud is a great achievement.

The group, ranging in age from 13 to 17, had a really productive time, and things they saw, experienced, and talked about will be brought back into their learning across a variety of subjects: Gardening, Art, Photography, Woodwork, and English being the main beneficiaries.



Covid-19 has caused panic and fear across the world. For some of the young people and families supported by The Door, their fragile mental health status prior to Covid-19 is being exacerbated in the current climate; many are feeling out of control and more anxious about their lives.

While we are seeing demand for our services grow we are also losing £500 every working day in income as a result of lockdown. Please donate today to help The Door reach every young person and family that needs our support, especially at this most challenging of times.

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Rococo Gardens Trip