The Covid-19 pandemic has hugely affected communities, isolating people from family, friends and activities that previously supported them. The impact of nature and participation in arts, nature and physical activities on wellbeing has never been so important. In partnership with Stepping into Nature, Active Dorset and Help & Care, we are delivering Nature Buddies: re-connecting to nature through activity, a year-long programme to upskill existing voluntary and community groups to deliver inclusive and creative nature-themed local activities for people who are referred by their Link Workers. Together we will deliver:
- a series of training sessions around equality and diversity, mental health and dementia awareness
- taster sessions for community groups with ideas on how to enhance their activities
- sessions for Link Workers to learn about available local activities and the benefits they have to offer
- training of 30 volunteer Nature Buddies to help provide access to these activities for people with high anxiety and low levels of confidence
The project has been made possible with a grant from the Thriving Communities Fund awarded by The National Academy of Social Prescribing.
Training Sessions now available
Mental Health Awareness Training with Dorset Mind
with Liz Clough. Thu 15 Jul, Wed 25 Aug, Tue 7 Sep, Thu 9 Sep, Thu 30 Sep, with more sessions scheduled throughout October and November.
An online training session on Zoom, aimed at the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector to upskill community organisations to deliver social prescribing activities in their local area. This blended learning course increases delegates’ mental health awareness. Delegates will explore their own mental health and the impact it has on their lives in and out of the workplace. The role of stigma and misconceptions about mental ill health on our willingness to talk openly about mental health will be discussed, and the language that we use in our conversations about mental health and that we see in the media. This training encourages delegates to explore what is happening for them, as well as what may be happening in their colleagues’ work and personal lives.
Inclusivity and Diversity Training
with Nathalie Sherring. Thu 2 Sep, Wed 15 Sep, Fri 24 Sep, Thu 7 Oct, Thu 14 Oct.
An online training session on Zoom, aimed at the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector to upskill community organisations to deliver social prescribing activities in their local area. You will discover through a series of discussions how you can improve your relationships with people by understanding how you relate to those people and what makes you react in different ways depending on people you meet. Nathalie is Chief Officer at the Dorset Race Equality Council, with a background in community and equality development project management.