Flourish in Nature
Flourish in Nature is a project funded by Sport England and one that works alongside EDP in order to assist recovery through nature and activity based means.
It puts on regular activities such as kayaking, walking, sea swimming, surfing, tai chi and cycling, and hopes to encourage people on their recovery journey to get out in their local communities, in order to meet new people and benefit their recovery journey in a safe, welcoming and most importantly, FUN environment.
It operates in two capacities:
- It offers various nature based activities to the entire recovery community. The only requirement is that on the day of activity the participant must be free from substance. It’s a great chance to find additional support from those with lived experience, and also offers the opportunity to get out, forget about life’s problems and get into something new and exciting – meeting new friends along the way!
- It gives the opportunity to those who are stable in recovery by 1 month to train with Devon Wildlife Trust to become Activity Leads/Flourish in Nature volunteers. This initial training opens up the idea of ‘flourishing’ in nature, and hopes to inspire participants into becoming more actively engaged with nature due to the benefits it has on offer. Following the successful completion of this training, activity leads are then given further opportunities to learn about and develop their passions. As such, Flourish in Nature offers either nature or sport based qualifications for activity leads to complete, ranging from outdoor first aid, yoga instructing, and canoe leader training to qualifications that enable an individual to coach boxing…. The list goes on and anything is possible, so long as it is either nature or physical activity based
With these useful qualifications, Activity Leads can then go onto lead their own activities that are open to the recovery community, which expands both the capacities of the project and the prospect of increased nature based recoveries.
If you’d like to know more about the project and how to get involved, feel free to contact either your recovery worker, Phoebe Parker or Lynne Cirasuolo:
Phoebe Parker (Flourish in Nature Facilitator) | O7825 659234 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Cirasuolo (Flourish in Nature Administrator) | 07764815223 | email@example.com