Nature Based Health Walks
Low impact exercise in local green space. Easy to access, they help to break down the barriers to a more active lifestyle, especially amongst those struggling to be active because of a health condition. They're designed to be suitable for people with cancer, heart disease, poor mental health and obesity - and help to create peer support networks, reducing social isolation and encouraging ongoing activity after the activity has finished.
These sessions improve strength and stamina through nature based conservation projects, boosting practical skills and confidence whilst benefiting local green spaces.
Improving mental and physical wellbeing through food growing and gardening. The sites are safe and secure places to develop participants' ability to mix socially, make friends and learn practical skills that help them to be more independent. Using gardening tasks and the garden itself, the horticultural therapists build a set of activities for each gardener to improve their particular health needs, and to work on certain goals they want to achieve.
Forest School/Bush Craft for Adults
These involve hands-on learning and play experiences within a woodland setting and have been demonstrated to promote positive behavioural change in children. The project extends the principles of Forest School to adults too, combining physical activity and outdoor learning to inspire individuals of any age
Mindful contact with nature
This activity aims to improve mental health especially by increasing resilience against day-to-day triggers of stress and anxiety. Focused on individuals with mild/moderate anxiety and depression, the sessions bring together mindfulness techniques and the sense of a connection to nature. Participants are taught a range of self-practice techniques, empowering them to take positive action for their mental wellbeing within their local green space.
Cheshire's Natural Health Service is running for another two years and has a rolling programme of events meaning anyone can join in the free activities at any point. To find out what's running near you visit www.naturalhealthservice.org.uk/Cheshire