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Orienteering in Gillingham and Sturminster Newton – Public Health Dorset are keen to promote these courses developed during the past year.

Two free to use Orienteering courses in North Dorset have been set up during the past year – at Gillingham and Sturminster Newton. Laura Everett-Coles HPA/Link Officer for North Dorset said “These are a great boost for Mental Health – participants engage with nature, learn something new (orienteering) and have outdoor exercise.” They link urban …

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GREEN GANG GILLINGHAM – Looking for new members. New autumn timetable.

https://gang.chessck.co.uk/GreenGang What does Green Gang do?  “We are a group of adults recovering our mental health. We work together for the environment. We have built a footpath, installed a bench, planted trees, cleared footpaths and rubbed down and painted benches. We meet once a fortnight for about four hours with breaks for refreshments. Our numbers are small and we have a …

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Self Led History Guides

The Stepping into Nature project which improves Dorset residents health and wellbeing through increasing a connection to nature (wildlife, landscape, history and culture), has created six self led history guides. These are ree of charge as funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and feature places in across Dorset. Find these here  –  ‘Walk Dorset’s …

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MEETUP GROUPS – Marnhull and Swallowcliffe

“Meetup is a service used to organize online groups that host in-person and virtual events for people with similar interests.” (Wikipedia) There are currently two Meetup groups in our area: MARNHULL https://www.meetup.com/marnhull-nature-walks-meetup-group/ “This group is for people who enjoy being outdoors experiencing nature whether it be birds, animals, butterflies, fungi or just want to come …

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Training Sessions for Voluntary and Community Groups

https://theartsdevelopmentcompany.org.uk/our-work/nature-buddies/ In partnership with Stepping into Nature, Active Dorset and Help & Care, The Arts Development Company 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. a series of training sessions around equality …

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Nature on Prescription

A new “Nature on Prescription Handbook” has been created by The University of Exeter Medical School to evidence how nature can support people’s mental health. It contains lots of tools for discussion and practical suggestions for organisations that are new to, or experienced in, providing nature-based interventions targeted towards people with common mental health conditions. …

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Veterans’ Green Task Force in Yorkshire

https://pattfoundation.org/1898/veterans-green-task-force-takes-shape/ The Veterans’ Green Task Force Project has been set up in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It brings in veterans to help with the establishment of 50 million trees named the Northern Forest over the next 25 years. It was set up by PATT Foundation’s founder, Andrew Steel who is also an ex-serviceman. After …

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