Newham to benefit from £500k boost for mental health

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 April 2016

West Ham Park in Newham

West Ham Park in Newham


People in Newham with mental health problems could now benefit from the great outdoors thanks to a government grant to run a pioneering ecotherapy scheme.

National charity, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), have been awarded £557,164 from the Department of Health to run the pioneering programme which believes that connecting people with nature can improve their health and wellbeing.

Known as Pro-Active minds the scheme will be run in Newham in conjunction with mental health charity Mind.

Projects can include growing food, tree planting and conservation work in local parks.

Over the two-and-a-half year period of the project it is thought that more than 800 people across projects in London could benefit from better mental health thanks to the programme.

Shahan Islam, service manager for Mind in Newham and Tower Hamlets said: “This is a great example of how participants can meet their “5-a-day” wellbeing requirements as well as doing something important for their environment and community.”

Dominic Higgins, director of external affairs at TCV added: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding from the Department of Health to run Pro-Active Minds in Newham and to be working in partnership with Mind to create a healthier and happier community for everyone.”

The project will be open to everyone and will welcome self-referrals as well as referrals from Mind locally.

For more information click here to visit The Conservation Volunteers website.

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