Our aim is to show the benefits the natural environment provides to the health and wellbeing of communities and in reducing health inequalities across the region. Social prescribing is one way to achieve this and is about improving physical and mental health by getting people moving and socialising while doing something they enjoy such as:
– Conservation volunteering
– Community food growing projects
– Looking after local parks and other nature friendly spaces.
We act as an advocate for nature with local planning and health and wellbeing teams in building healthy lifestyles into our urban environment.
When people are more active through day-to-day activities (e.g. walking to and from work, school, cafes and pubs) the amount of ill health experienced due to chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease is reduced. This results in reduced use of NHS services.