Cross-Government Green Social Prescribing Project- one year on


We are delighted to be supporting the cross-Governmental ‘Preventing and tackling mental ill health through green social prescribing’ project. Green social prescribing is the practice of supporting people to engage in nature-based activities to improve their mental health. Social prescribing link workers, or other professionals, connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support, based on a ‘what matters to you’ conversation. Green social prescribing includes both green and blue activities. These could include local walking schemes, community gardening projects, conservation volunteering, green gyms, open water swimming or arts and cultural activities which take place outdoors. These activities may be [...]

Cross-Government Green Social Prescribing Project- one year on2022-05-10T12:34:55+01:00

Monuments Matter to People in Cornwall


‘Monuments Matter to People’ is an innovative project run by the Cornwall Area Of Natural Beauty (AONB), piloting wellbeing and social prescribing interventions through engaging with the historic environment in that beautiful region. It is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), with the support of Community Led Local Development. This project is also supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in connection with the AONB’s Monumental Improvement project - a wider initiative, which has been developed in partnership with both Historic England’s Heritage at Risk team and the local voluntary sector to help stabilise 40 scheduled monuments [...]

Monuments Matter to People in Cornwall2022-02-18T15:26:25+00:00

Medley – art, music and nature


When I started Medley in autumn 2020, my objectives were to explore how art, music and nature can all boost health and wellbeing in different ways, to share these with others, and to combine art, nature and music wherever possible for an intersectional, multi-sensory approach. I have run 3 art for wellbeing projects, produced regular themed Creative Ideas – mainly used by care homes – and write a blog. Medley began as an online initiative partly because of the pandemic, but I plan to continue this way. Covid may be retreating at last, but I believe there's still [...]

Medley – art, music and nature2022-02-14T10:19:57+00:00

Finding a connection with nature


Miles Richardson is Professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness at the University of Derby and leads the Nature Connectedness Research Group. He will be speaking at the Thriving Communities webinar on Nature Connectedness on 23 November at 3pm. There weren’t many good things about lockdown, but one that struck us was how much people turned to nature. Unable to see friends or family in the early stages, or go indoors later on, they took to their parks, local fields, and woodland areas. But at the same time as more and more of us turn to our green [...]

Finding a connection with nature2021-10-26T13:59:28+01:00

YOUR Climate Needs YOU!


In September the Royal Horticultural Society launched its ‘YOUR Climate needs YOU!’ campaign to encourage gardeners to be more sustainable.  Here Richard Claxton, GP, gardener, and founder of the gardening4health directory, reflects on how gardening can be good for both people and the planet.    Ten months since its launch; the Gardening4health directory of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) has slowly but surely grown, its coverage spreading across the whole of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.   Word of mouth and publicity in the GP and horticultural press, as well as from the National Academy for Social Prescribing, has encouraged more and more people to use it – and help me update it where they [...]

YOUR Climate Needs YOU!2021-12-01T16:21:26+00:00

Physical activity helps people’s mental health in Plymouth


As part of the Green Social Prescribing project in Plymouth, Argyle Community Trust are currently delivering a range of weekly activities which aim to encourage people from the local community to become more physically active and get back into the great outdoors. It has also been found that physical activity has also had a positive impact on participant’s mental health, reducing social isolation and improving their overall wellbeing.  In particular, a Compassionate Café has been delivered, in partnership with St. Luke’s Hospice, throughout the summer aimed at supporting older people who are at risk of isolation and have also possibly recently gone through [...]

Physical activity helps people’s mental health in Plymouth2021-10-04T15:45:08+01:00

Waterways and wellbeing


The Canal & River Trust will lead partners who are using the natural asset of the Nottingham & Beeston Canal to provide physical activity, art, heritage and food-based activities for local people.  It’s not just physical activity though. Their programme has supported people’s mental wellbeing too.  The Waterways & Wellbeing project in Nottingham has seen around 100 people taking part in paddleboarding and canoeing sessions on the canal running through the city. The sessions, run by waterways and wellbeing charity the Canal & River Trust, have given those taking part the opportunity to enjoy some relaxing time on [...]

Waterways and wellbeing2021-10-04T15:45:28+01:00

‘Get Fishing for Wellbeing’ resource hub launched


The Angling Trust are excited to announce the launch of a new ‘Get Fishing for Wellbeing’ resource hub at   Angling offers the opportunity to escape the demands of a busy work and home life by surrounding yourself in nature and wildlife away from a world of technology. It provides an opportunity for our minds to rest and reset and can be a meditative pastime that often happens in places where the wonders of nature are very evident. Our new online resource hub shows allcomers how to incorporate angling in activity to support mental health and wellbeing. [...]

‘Get Fishing for Wellbeing’ resource hub launched2021-09-08T16:09:58+01:00

Green social prescribing pilot gets people back outdoors in Plymouth


As part of the Green Social Prescribing project in Plymouth, Argyle Community Trust are currently delivering a range of weekly activities which aim to encourage people from the local community to become more physically active and get back into the great outdoors. The project is based in the largest park in Plymouth, Central Park, which has a range of types of nature, as well as sports and recreation opportunities for all interests. There are a variety of activities provided to ensure a wide cross section of the local community can be engaged with including older people at risk [...]

Green social prescribing pilot gets people back outdoors in Plymouth2021-08-09T16:04:08+01:00

Tackling Minds – how fishing is helping people’s physical and mental wellbeing


David Lyons from Tackling Minds tells us about what they’ve been doing to improve physical and mental health in the north west region. They are part of the Rochdale Social Prescribing Network who are using funds from the Thriving Communities Programme to develop a holistic programme of activities to help individuals in their community gain better physical and mental wellbeing. “Tackling Minds was formed in November 2020, in the scenic area of Littleborough, overlooking Hollingworth Lake. A group of anglers who were experiencing or had experienced mental health problems were inspired to start the organisation, knowing first hand [...]

Tackling Minds – how fishing is helping people’s physical and mental wellbeing2021-08-09T14:20:03+01:00
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