Nature in Mind supports people with mental health issues, and promotes wellbeing and recovery, through engagement with nature based activities in Nottinghamshire and beyond.
The service supports people to overcome barriers that have a negative impact on their lives including confidence, social isolation or health problems.
Evidence shows that spending time in a natural environment can:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Help reduce the need for medication
- Reduce levels of depression
- Help overcome isolation and social exclusion
- Improve physical health
- Improve mood and self esteem.
Nature in Mind provides varied opportunities and activities related to nature in small, supportive groups.
How to Get Involved
You can apply to Nature in Mind if you are over 18 and are living with a health condition and would find it difficult to access green spaces and nature activities without support. You don’t need a medical diagnosis.
To take part in Nature in Mind ask your support worker, health professional, or doctor to complete our referral form. If you are not able to do this you can complete it yourself.
Once we have received your completed referral form we will contact you by letter to let you know that you have been accepted and are now free to book onto activities.
Nature in Mind publishes a new activities programme every two months, which include weekly sessions on St Ann’s Allotment, Southwell Minster, Attenborough Nature Reserve, Sherwood Forest, Newstead Abbey, the Arboretum and many other interesting places.
Conservation Activities: Making a difference to nature
British Wildlife is under threat and needs all the support it can get. Conservation activities offer us the chance to help look after local green spaces and make them better for both wildlife and people. Some organisations run free events for Nature in Mind and the conservation activities offer an opportunity to give something back. Activities take place at a gentle pace with regular breaks for rest and a hot drink. They can help you develop new skills such as learning to use tools and how certain wildlife areas are looked after and why. Activities may include trimming back vegetation, controlling invasive species, planting, and managing hedgerows. Why not give it a go and feel like you are making a difference to our world.
Activities booklet for Participants: October – December 2021
Activities booklet for Referrers: October – December 2021
About the Project
Nature in Mind is an innovative eco-therapy service operated by Framework and supported by the GreenSpace programme.
GreenSpace, the Green Social Prescribing Programme for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, is led by Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) and supported by Framework and the Canal and River Trust. The two-year pilot scheme is focussed on connecting people with nature and their local environments to benefit their health and wellbeing. For further information about GreenSpace, please visit the NCVS website.
We work closely with GPs and medical practitioners, other community groups, organisations and custodians of green spaces. This allows us to offer a wide range of nature and heritage-related opportunities across Nottinghamshire to people who would otherwise struggle to access them. We run successfully thanks to the hard work and commitment of our wonderful volunteers.