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Outdoor friends

(London)

Older people at risk of isolation who live in urban environments & make little use of outdoor environments for the benefit of their health & well-being will meet on a regular basis for a stroll in a local park, & a themed activity. The project offers the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and get some gentle exercise in a safe environment.

Our goals:

  • Participants will meet other people involved in the project, make new friends & report feeling less isolated. The volunteer nature buddies will take on the role of befrienders & ensure that the group is supported beyond the life of the project.
  • Participants will understand the benefits to their health & wellbeing of the natural environment. They will take part in gentle exercise & report increased use of their local park & some participants will take up other opportunities eg walking groups
  • People will feel closer to nature and will have learned about the natural world. They will report that they appreciate their surroundings and that visits to parks have have resulted in learning something new through activities, a visit or workshop.
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How we will achieve our goals

One of the barriers to accessing parks for people at risk of isolation is that it is difficult to go out alone. The funding will allow us to support vulnerable people access new opportunities for benefit of their health/well-being by tackling the barriers that they have identified – transport, safety in parks and no knowing what opportunities exist

Where the money will go

The project will connect vulnerable communities to the nature on their doorstep by introducing them to the natural environment, show benefits of improved health/wellbeing that spending time outdoors offers, & bring people together to make new friends. We shall link this group to existing opportunities – health walks, Friends groups, exercise groups

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