The UK Youth EcoHealth Project provides invaluable opportunities for people with mental health issues to get back into work or training, to build confidence, relationships and self-esteem, improving wellbeing. The project primarily involves gardening, focusing on estate and conservation work at Avon Tyrrell which has a Grade I listed Calendar House and Grade II listed grounds.
Who we Work With
Referrals are accepted through the Community Mental Health Team and other statutory or voluntary agencies. The Ecohealth project takes place up to 3 days a week and provides a safe and friendly place where young people/adults aged 16-65 from the local community with mental health issues can get together, take part in vocational land and recreation based activities and share their experiences.
Placements are on a rolling basis and run for between 4 and 6 months. Taking part in the project will improve participant’s health and wellbeing, broaden friendships and boost confidence, as well as help employment and further training prospects through the activities and peer support on offer. It is driven by those taking part and wherever possible tailored to meet the needs of the individuals interests, goals and abilities.
We have had a number of successful participants who have gone on to work in paid employment in garden centres, shops, teaching or returned to adult education programmes. This project is a success and not only benefits the participants and the 22,000 visitors to our Centre who can enjoy the contribution made by the participants in keeping the centre safe and well maintained to ensure when they visit they can experience, learn and develop in a wonderfully special places but supports society as a whole.
NEW for 2016
Thanks to support and funding from Mind a new peer support project called ‘Side by Side’ will take place 2 days a week at Avon Tyrrell.
The project will provide a safe and friendly place where local young adults aged 18-25 with mental health issues can get together, take part in fun vocational land and recreation based activities and share their experiences. Placements will be on a rolling basis and over 2 months each on average. Taking part in the project will improve participants health and well-being, broaden friendships, boost confidence, and help employment and further training prospects through the activities, accreditation and peer support on offer. It will be driven by those taking part. The pilot project will be monitored and feed into wider evaluation with a view to influencing policy makers, gaining long-term sustainable support to benefit more young people in need of help.
If you are interested in participating please contact us on 01425 672347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have continual support for the work that we do across the charity and it is because of our volunteers that we are able to maintain and improve the incredible facilities that we have for young people here at Avon Tyrrell.
Avon Tyrrell is home to the UK Youth National Charity and the work that we do in the New Forest is only a small part of the wider work of the charity and the opportunities we provide for young people.