Worksop Community Garden gets a share of £350,000 awarded to organizations to support nature-based health projects

The “Green Social Prescription” helps GPs, other health and care practitioners and local agencies direct people to nature-based projects and activities, such as walking for health, gardening and food culture projects.

Working in partnership with SYB ICS, South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation administered the grants to a variety of projects.

Oasis Community Centre, Kilton, has received part of the £350,000 funding for its nature-based projects which support mental and physical health.

This includes outdoor pursuits like bushcraft, camping and orienteering in the Peak District, care farming and conservation in Doncaster, a creative recovery charity in Barnsley and a multi-award winning community park. times, Oasisin Worksop – a site that won the Social Prescribe Awards in 2019 and 2020.

Professor Des Breen, Medical Director of SYB ICS, said: “Green social prescribing is about improving people’s access to and engagement with the natural world.

“Connecting with nature and green spaces, in various ways, helps to improve people’s mental and physical health and reduce the demand on our healthcare system.

“In addition, it is about reducing inequalities in access to nature, highlighted by the pandemic.

“Each project is inspiring in its own way, and we are delighted to be able to give them a helping hand – especially in these difficult times.

“This funding allows the projects to support more people than ever before, and they span a real mix of ages, abilities and backgrounds.

“In particular, many of them support people who are socially isolated or from disadvantaged neighborhoods.

“From eco-therapy and mental health baths to care agriculture and horticulture conservation, green social prescribing is becoming increasingly popular, and we’re excited to lead the way as as a test site in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.”

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System is one of seven sites testing the ways in which connecting people to nature can improve mental wellbeing has received a share of the £5.77million pot sterling.

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