The links between improved wellbeing and spending time, particularly exercising within the natural environment are well developed. Wild Wellbeing supports the recovery of those with mild-moderate mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, low mood and stress through engaging them in outdoor activities.
This group has been running since 2016 through our Heritage Lottery Funded project Natural Futures and has received match funding from Cheshire West and Chester Council. Wild Wellbeing meets every Thursday and runs in Central Cheshire, with pickup locations in Northwich and Winsford.
It means I meet new people and get out of the house. It helps my mental health and wellbeing, whilst I learn more about the outdoors. It's brilliant!
I really enjoy meeting new people, learning new skills and getting outdoors. This group is very important to me.
I enjoy the natural mindfulness of being here, the switching off, getting out and doing something worthwhile. If I didn't have this group I'd be more socially isolated. It encourages me to visit more wild places and be more observant of nature.
I really enjoy coming out, it makes me happier. If I didn't have this group I'd stay in bed.
I enjoy the social aspect of Wild Wellbeing, the structure, the routine and the satisfaction when completing tasks.
Mental health and wellbeing are improved through partaking in a range of activities including:
- Conservation volunteering
Planting, growing and harvesting food
Learning about nature and wildlife
Seasonal crafts and woodwork
Walks and visits
Socialising with other people on the project
With staff trained in Mental Health First Aid we are able to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. To support our volunteers further we have engagement volunteers experienced in working with people that have a mental health diagnosis.
We are able to direct people towards appropriate additional support, ensuring none of our volunteers are left alone in dealing with their struggles.
Interested? Apply now!
To find out more about this group, our full range of wellbeing activities, or how to refer onto our programmes speak to Katie Greenwood our Volunteering and Training Manager.
Volunteering at Cheshire Wildlife Trust is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through our project Natural Futures.