Mental wellbeing pack to help youngsters in Newport lockdown.
National Trust’s Tredegar House (Picture: Camera Club member Lee Chapman)
A wellbeing pack has launched to help young people in Wales stay active outdoors during lock down.
The Nurture your wellbeing e-mail pack is part of mental health charity Newport Mind’s Branch Out project, funded by the Welsh Government’s Healthy and Active (HAF) project fund, in partnership with the National Trust at Tredegar House in Newport.
Created in response to Wales’ firebreak lock down, the pack helps people aged between 13-25 living in Newport to be active outdoors and create their own outdoor self-care toolkit.
Project leader, Georgia Howard, said: “Being outdoors and in nature has been proven to improve our wellbeing and mental health and, due to recent events, it is especially important that we get outdoors and spend time in nature.
“The weekly e-mail packs will cover a range of different topics and ideas to help young people find their own enjoyment outdoors, in their own time and in their own way.
“Each weekly pack will provide a different topic with information and ideas to complete alone, with family or friends (when able to join households).”
Activities include guided walks and scavenger hunts, with the emphasis on how participants feel when carrying out these activities and exploring why they have the feelings they do.
The Branch Out project is held at Tredegar House and offers six weeks courses based around resilience, eco-therapy and skills building to help improve wellbeing and mental health.
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A spokesman for Tredegar House said: “Prior to coronavirus all partners were engaging with participants at a local level which included activities facilitated at Tredegar House, as well as their local venues.
“These activities included working with our ranger in the parkland at Tredegar House carrying out parkland and woodland activities, healthy eating with Growing Space and yoga with Duffryn Community Link.
“As a result of the initial lockdown, we had to get creative using digital platforms such as engaging on social media channels and zoom conference calls as part of this engagement.
“As we are now in another lockdown scenario Georgia wanted to continue this virtually as part of Newport Mind’s commitment to the project and young people. We are supporting all of our partners with this digital way of working as much as we can.”
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Lockdown is having a major impact on people’s mental health in Newport.
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