Exercising outdoors can provide many secondary benefits including improved mental and physical wellbeing. Volunteers build skills including communication, team work, project management, presentation and conservation. Go Wild Get Fit acts as a platform to move into further volunteering, employment or education, better fitness or improved mental wellbeing.
There are accessible 12 week development programmes running on Thursdays with minibus pickups in Northwich and Winsford and earlier in the week with pick up locations in Chester and Ellesmere Port. We are also able to offer bespoke programmes with partners already engaging with potential volunteers.
During volunteer days participants are paired up with a supporting mentor and get an opportunity to connect with local green spaces, wildlife and themselves. Volunteers work towards goals they've set themselves while building confidence, skills and wellbeing. We complete a range of physically active tasks including building paths, litter picking, planting trees and removing invasive species.
Volunteers carry out tasks on our nature reserves and community green spaces such as scrub removal, invasive species control and improving access to sites for the public by building paths and steps. Alongside the practical tasks volunteers develop skills and gain confidence through a personal development plan and the support of a mentor.
Volunteers on our programme come from very different backgrounds and hope to gain very different things. We pair participants up with a suitable mentor to support them to reach their goals. We are able to accept people who may have a physical or mental disability, have lost confidence, experience mild to moderate mental health problems, or want to get fitter to reach their goals.
Some may want to gain experience within the conservation sector, just enjoy being outside, want to improve their confidence, meet new people or secure a solid reference. See what some of our volunteers have to say.
Being outside has been such fun. I've done things I never thought I could do. We went to places I didn't know existed. I think an employer would be interested in all my new skills.Cloughwood Academy
Our focus locations are the deprived areas of Northwich, Winsford, Chester and Ellesmere Port. We ideally work with those aged 24+ but will happily work with those outside this age range if circumstances allow.
Northwich and Winsford
We are currently running a programme that is at full capcity. We are recruiting for a programme begining in May 2019. We accept referrals from partners, parents or carers or from participants themselves.
Chester and Ellesmere Port
We have pick up locations in accessible locations and take people out into local wild spaces. We are currently recruiting for a programme starting in April.
Complete our application forms for get involved. Join the programme as volunteer or help our programme participants reach their goals and join as a Natural Wellbeing Mentor. Download our application forms and send them over to us at email@example.com or post them to our offices.
Go Wild Get Fit is funded by Sport England's opportunity fund. It funds volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged or disabled people to get active within their communities.