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Enjoy nature and improve your mental health

Published on 11 May 2021 01:42 PM

This #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek along with The Mental Health Foundation and Age UK National we are encouraging you to enjoy the outdoors and take a moment to celebrate nature in your daily life.

Take a photo, video or sound recording & share the connections you’ve made using the hashtag #ConnectWithNature and tag @ageukhw

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A survey that the Mental Health Foundation ran found that almost half of UK adults said being close to nature helps them to cope with stress. We want to help older people to enjoy the outdoors regularly to improve mental health and reduce stress. Below are just some of the ways you can enjoy the outdoors:

  • Join our Lower Wick Walking group, they meet every Monday from our Worcester office. Find out more here.
  • Join our Pershore Allotment gardening group, you don’t have to be a seasoned gardener to join us. Our volunteers are on hand to help and assist you. Find out more here.
  • Look for other local groups that may run activities outdoors that you might enjoy.
  • Meet a friend for a socially distanced regular walk around your local area
  • Get out in the garden and plant some new flowers or some veg!
  • If you can’t get outdoors perhaps sit by an open window and listen to the birds singing.

Find out more about the work The Mental Health Foundation is doing here.

You can find information from Age UK National here.

Watch a short video about our allotment below!

If you would like to know more about how you can enjoy your local area outdoors, get in touch with our team using the details below.

Contact Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire:

Telephone: 0800 008 6077

Email: referralhub@ageukhw.org.uk