Wellbeing through Nature Self-Care Course – delivering a green care approach to social prescribing

Date: 9 October 2017
Time: 1:30pm - 4:45pm
Cost: Free

Avon Wildlife Trust invites you to experience their Wellbeing through Nature Self-Care Course that ignites behavioural change in people's wellbeing and connection to nature.

The design and structure of the course offers innovative solutions for wellbeing and therapeutic interventions that contribute back to the environment, with sustainable outcomes for both people and wildlife.

Developed in partnership with Michéal Connors from Natural Academy it adopts the Five Ways to Wellbeing and the eco psychological model of self, social and environment that supports positive shifts in holistic health.

Throughout the course topics on the cognitive triangle of thinking, feeling and behaviour, emotional intelligence and wellbeing are also covered.

Interventions include:

  • mindfulness
  • nature-based and sensory activities
  • practical volunteering
  • wildlife identification

It will finish with reflection and group discussion. There will also be one to one mentoring to support participants' personal development and progression onto further activities.

Avon Wildlife Trust have developed an innovative evaluation method that is a useful tool for the individual and is embedded into the design of the course. Since delivery started in March 2017, 85 per cent of participants have shown increased improvement across the ten holistic wellbeing questions.

Avon Wildlife Trust would like to invite social prescribers, practice resource leads, GPs, community health professionals, health champions and other organisations wishing to refer people to social wellbeing activities. This taster session would also be suitable for those with influence in the health sector who wish to get some grass roots understanding of how nature could be more widely incorporated into social prescribing and green care initiatives.

Experience first-hand and learn how the course has supported people to gain skills, build confidence and move towards healthier lives. By the end of taster session you will have met the team and learnt more about the course structure, taken part in some of the interventions provided on the course, have a greater understanding that nature plays an important role for our wellbeing, and a personal boost to your own wellbeing as a great way to start the week!

For those who cannot make the full afternoon, option to come along to the introductory session between 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

Essential information

To book please contact: Kelly Bray – Wellbeing through Nature Project Manager

This event will be interactive and outdoors, so please wear clothes and shoes you do not mind getting dirty. Bring a drink and snacks. Avon Wildlife Trust will provide hot drinks. Based at the Roundhouse at Feed Bristol there will be indoor space in case of bad weather. Facilities and disabled access also available on site.

This event is part of Healthy City Week 2017 (7 – 14 October) - an annual programme of activities exploring wellbeing that doesn’t cost the earth. Healthy City Week is formed by its contributors, delivered by Bristol Green Capital Partnership and supported by Bristol Health Partners. View all events at www.bristolgreencapital.org/healthycityweek

Event address: Feed Bristol
158 Frenchay Park Road
BS16 1HB
Contact information: Name: Kelly Bray – Wellbeing through Nature Project Manager
Email: kelly.bray@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk
Telephone: 0117 980 0393
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