Through the great outdoor project, Support to Recovery is increasing the opportunities for people experiencing a wide range of mental health issues, including dementia, to enjoy the outdoors and volunteer in a range of activities.
We’ll be engaging with people as they move along their recovery journey and inviting them to be part of this project. By taking part in active, outdoor activities we hope to encourage people to not only boost their physical health but also their mental health as they increase their participation in a meaningful activity, self-esteem and confidence.
The new “Create Space” venue in the Huddersfield Packhorse Centre offers drop-in information, learning and chance to join in natural crafts such as willow weaving as well as photography and creative writing. Information about the great outdoor project is also available through the Kirklees Recovery College.
As well as this project, Support to Recovery have lots of opportunities that volunteers can also join, including mindfulness and relaxation sessions, Ways to Wellbeing sessions and Creativity with the Packhorse Gallery sessions
A key factor for project participants is building social capital at individual and community levels. The project engages with people who are in recovery from serious mental illness and with people who need additional meaningful activity as part of a plan to prevent emotional problems or issues associated with their dementia from escalating.
Great Outdoors helps people to improve their wellbeing by becoming involved in volunteering in the parks, woodland and countryside, as well as in town and village centres.
Contact us at Support to Recovery to find out how you can join this project and others we’re currently running. You can also visit our website www.s2r.org.uk