The spring and summer of 2022 was a pilot period for the Scheme’s Natural Connections project. We explored different approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of local residents through connecting them with nature, heritage and their local landscape. The project has been trying to reach underserved communities, those suffering from mental or physical health issues and social isolation.
Our Community and Volunteering Officer has been partnering with Link, the social prescribing network and other specialist organisations. The sessions have been hosted by a wide variety of organisations including local farms, the National Trust, local businesses and artists. Sessions have included walk and talks, art therapy, tree planting, Yoga, foraging, art workshops, nature ID sessions, farm tours, camping, bushcraft, Ranger days and more.
Thanks to the partnership work of over 14 different hosts and 8 health organisations the project has delivered 70 sessions over the last year with 162 participants from August 2021 until from August October last year!
Here are some wonderful quotes from people who took part:
The range of tasks made it an enjoyable experience with the young people enthused and learning different skills. Working alongside the community group has helped with confidence.
“Very much needed in the village, there are lots of other people that could do with coming along! Lots of isolated, lonely and vulnerable people live here, with a bit of encouragement, these sessions could be life-changing. Thank you so much.”
“Feel better for being outside Kids sleep better.”
“Didn’t even know these things existed.”
The project will continue until early 2025- if you would like to be involved as a host, an organisation or an individual, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org