AN ECO-friendly project to help with anxiety and mental health has received a healthy funding boost.
Ecotherapy at Foundry Wood has been given a £32,000 grant from The People’s Health Trust.
It will help keep the weekly ‘five ways to wellbeing’ sessions running for the next two years and expand the project to those living in surrounding areas.
The group was set up three years ago by Teresa Johnson, who found going to the woods helped with her own anxiety and mental health.
She said: “There is such a need for a group to help people feel re-connected to each other and their natural environment to aid their wellbeing. The wonderful woodland setting, the warm and welcoming ethos of the group and mutuality supportive environment all contribute to the positive effects on participants health and wellbeing.”
Foundry Wood is run by community organisation Arc, which also runs projects in Packington Place and New Street Burial Ground in south town.
Arc director Kristie Naimo said: “People are encouraged to take time to consider their mental health and wellbeing in their daily lives.
“These projects are based on evidence that spending time outdoors, with other people, engaging in constructive physical activity have huge benefits for both mental and physical health.
“If anyone is spending a lot of time indoors or on their own, they are encouraged to get in touch and join one of these or other projects within the town.”