Nature helping residents feel-good - The Leamington Observer

Nature helping residents feel-good

Leamington Editorial 27th Jan, 2022   0

NATURE is helping residents feel-good.

Warwick-based Achieving Results in Communities (ARC) is celebrating a funding award of some £84,000 from the National Lottery for its Wellbeing in Nature services.

ARC delivers weekly outdoor wellbeing sessions, intensive adult wellbeing courses as well as Youth Mentoring in Nature programmes to support children with challenging behaviours.

The new funding – along with match funding from other sources – will ensure ARC will continue to deliver all these services.

Director Kath Pasteur said: “We are very pleased to have received this three year funding.

“Post Covid, there is much need for support for people’s mental and physical health and wellbeing. We have seen a rise in demand over the past 12 months, and it’s great to be able to continue reaching those people who are struggling.”

Anyone struggling with mental or physical health or feeling isolated is invited to join ARC’s Warwick and Leamington wellbeing sessions.

The group, funded by Warwickshire County Council’s Mental Wellbeing and Resilience Fund, meets every Thursday morning, from 10am to 12pm, at the Packmores Community Garden.

The sessions involve mindfulness, gardening, crafts and socialising with others in the group.

A second group meets on Tuesdays at Foundry Wood in Leamington, offering similar activities. All groups are free to attend.

One participant said: “I am grateful for this group, and that I can come to it every week. There’s so much going on in my life at the moment, but coming here is a break from all of that and makes me feel so much better. I really need this. It’s something positive in my week that I look forward to.”

Others have commented the group had helped prepare them to begin socialising again

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