Wellbeing in Nature – a social prescribing project

The WIN project has just completed its first six week programme in partnership with @fotonow and working with participants from @thezoneplymouth’s Insight team. 10 participants took part in a blend of #greenwoodcraft, bushcraft, #forestbathing, photography and sound recording activities in 40-acres of semi-ancient woodland in Cornwall and creative workshops at @fotonow’s Ocean Studios.

Longer slideshow:  CLICK HERE

One minute slideshow with sound: CLICK HERE

FLICKR photos: CLICK HERE

Two soundscapes-” Life is Good but the World is Angry” and “Hammock Time”: CLICK HERE

Wellbeing in Nature is a social prescribing project designed to facilitate the opportunity for groups of people to improve their health and wellbeing by coming together on a programme of nature-based activities.

The project is a collaboration between the Zebra Collective, Fotonow CIC and Greenwood Music CIC and funded by the Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme.

There are ten places per programme, with the Spring programme starting in June and the Autumn programme starting in September. Project starts on Thursday 13th June 2019

Wellbeing in Nature is informed by robust and extensive research about factors that can improve wellbeing and the cathartic experience of engaging with and within nature. The project is built around the Five Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

Wellbeing in Nature is looking for participants who want to improve their wellbeing through a progressive programme that will allow them to connect with each other and nature; be active in the outdoors; learn new skills, such as bushcraft. greenwood craft, photography; take notice and practice mindfulness and  give through conservation work and supporting each other.

Participants will help design the workshops and the programme will start with an engagement and planning workshop.

The outdoor nature workshops will take place in Caradon Woods, a 40-acre semi-ancient Woodland Trust site managed by Greenwood Music.  Running alongside this participants will take part in media and photography workshops with Fotonow CIC at their Ocean Studios facility.

Over the course of the programme, participants will take part in woodland wellbeing workshops whilst capturing their experience using the media skills developed with Fotonow. At the end of the programme, Fotonow will support participants to ‘tell their story’ through video, photography and/or sound.

This is a fantastic opportunity for people to boost their wellbeing and thanks to the Big Lottery funding it will be completely free to all, including transport to the woods and a lunch cooked on the open fire whilst there.

“This project provides people with an opportunity to build their wellbeing and resilience through taking part in experiential workshops in nature and exciting media workshops. They will shape their journey and inform how the project develops to better offer a social prescription to the natural health service.”

Aydin Boyacigiller, Wellbeing in Nature Project Manager, The Zebra Collective

For more information contact: Tel: 07919 172804 email: wellbeinginnature@gmail.com

 

Hilary Cottam’s Radical Help: possibilities and clues for social work

Marc is looking forward to the innovative Advocates and Allies Conference of the Irish Association of Social Workers which is bringing together Radical and Relationship-based Social Work Practices on 30th September in Dublin. He’s a speaker and will be talking about Hilary Cottam’s Radical Help: possibilities and  clues for social work?

In 2018, social activist Hilary Cottam published Radical Help, her account of several action research projects conducted around England over a decade seeking answers to the question of how the system can be helpful to people in the 21st century.

 Her findings are truly radical, and yet perhaps rather intuitive – even obvious: we humans need meaning and purpose, and a picture of how we’d like our life to be; we all, always, have strengths to draw upon in our efforts to get there – and building our capabilities further is essential too; we want human connection, so excellent relationships – with friends, neighbours, workers – is key; and we engage when we’re in control, setting our own agenda.

 Ms Cottam’s projects were tightly evaluated and demonstrated some very encouraging results. So what clues do these projects offer to statutory social work? The duties of the department and the social work role may currently constrain, but here’s an opportunity to see what possibilities we can tease out.