Urban focussed wellbeing project underway in Derby

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are delighted to have started a large Wild Wellbeing project in Derby thanks to £95,000 funding from Cadent Foundation.

The project sees the Trust focus on working with community groups within the Arboretum and Normanton areas of the city.

Kirsty, who is leading the work for the Trust says, “Our work to improve people’s wellbeing is more important than ever before. We’re seeing a large disconnect between people and nature which we know from countless studies that this leads to a decline in people’s wellbeing. Combine this with the difficulties brought on by Covid, it’s really important that we help people discover and feel confident in their local green spaces and find ways to naturally feel better.”

At the end of March the Trust will embark on a five week programme of workshops with Women’s Work, focussed around the five ways to wellbeing. And in May, to mark National Mental Health Week starting May 10th, they have teamed up with Spiral Arts to offer creative workshops and an arts trail around Derby Arboretum.

It’s really important that we help people discover and feel confident in their local green spaces and find ways to naturally feel better.
Kirsty
Wellbeing Officer, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Kirsty adds, “It’s really important to me and the Trust to show people how the wonder of nature can be found in the most unexpected places, including urban neighbourhoods. Thank you to Cadent Foundation for making this important work possible.”

The Trust are looking to connect with voluntary organisations and social prescribing organisations based in Derby to deliver more wellbeing projects to those who need it most. Get in touch with the Trust at enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk to pledge your organisation’s interest.

The project will continue for 12 months. Funded by Cadent Foundation. More information about Cadent Foundation can be found at www.cadentfoundation.com

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