A new MyPlace project is set to launch this month to support young people living in Lancashire to participate in outdoor activities that can improve their mental health and physical wellbeing.
The project is being delivered in partnership by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and The Wildlife Trust and will formally launch on Tuesday 10 January at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. MyPlace aims to support vulnerable young people who live in Preston, Chorley and East Lancashire aged 13 to 25 years to get outdoors and make a positive difference to their local environment whilst developing new skills and connecting with others.
Sue Moore, Chief Operating Officer at Lancashire Care NHS foundation Trust said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be working with the Wildlife Trust to support vulnerable young people in Lancashire to participate in outdoor activities that can improve their mental health and physical wellbeing. Not only will the project enable young people to contribute towards their local environment but it will enable them to develop new skills, grow in self-confidence and connect with their local communities. On behalf of the whole organisation we’re really excited to see the project develop and look forward to it formally launching.”
Mike Winstanley, Senior Project Worker at The Wildlife Trust said:
“Over the last few months we’ve been working hard to develop a referral pathway that enables young people who are currently Lancashire Care’s services to be referred into the project and work alongside the project officers on activities designed to improve their mental health. We’re really excited to be working with the NHS to provide a safe, alternative ecotherapy for young people who want to experience the natural environment. We are working closely with practitioners and clinical staff to ensure that the project is accessible and effective for the young people.”
Once the project has been established, referrals will be taken from the relevant Trust services as part of the young people’s journey towards recovery.
The MyPlace project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is one of 31 projects working with the Our Bright Future movement, a national consortium of 8 organisations which are coordinated by the Wildlife Trusts that is working to empower young people to become the next generation of environmental leaders.