Myplace Ecotherapy Project
Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been working in partnership with Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust since 2016 to deliver an ecotherapy project that helps people reconnect with nature in a gentle, participant-led way. The project was first launched five years ago after a successful bid for National Lottery funding to work with children and young people and following further successful bids and funding support, the initiative has since expanded to benefit adults now too.
During lockdown, Myplace continued to run online sessions and phone calls along with resources for people at home. The project won a prestigious HSJ Award for 'Mental Health Innovation of the Year' in March 2021 in recognition of the incredible work of Myplace, particularly over the last 12 months. Read more about the award >>
People living in Lancashire can refer themselves to the project or they may be referred by their GP or mental health team. The initiative provides non-clinical support for mental health and helps to reduce social isolation. Research has shown that the types of activities run by Myplace can reduce stress, anxiety and many low level mental health conditions whilst also improving physical fitness, health and wellbeing.