The third edition of a directory that details nature based activity providers and green spaces in Rushcliffe is now available, to encourage more people to explore local nature and improve their mental and physical health.
The Rushcliffe Big Green Book gives a wealth of local contacts and information to help groups and individuals find great new health and wellbeing opportunities on their doorstep in the Borough.
It features a range of activities such as walking routes, cycling and exercise groups, coffee meetups, wildlife and environmental links, gardening, allotments and food sharing, as well as leisure opportunities at local waterways, parks and open spaces.
There’s also additional information on staying active, building strength, and details on the health benefits of physical activity including improved sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and more.
The concept is designed to be used by social prescribers and healthcare workers who want to find activities for their patients, as well as individuals looking for local community groups to get involved in.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Wellbeing, ICT and Member Development Cllr Jonathan Wheeler said: “The book is being really well received. It’s a great example of linking residents to find opportunities to support people engaging in nature based interventions and activities.
“After a really positive start, I’m pleased we’re now in the third edition of the book, which includes even more useful resources and information to help people look after themselves, meet new people and connect with nature.
“The directory also supports Rushcliffe working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Borough by encouraging providers to obtain the ‘Dementia Friendly’ badge. This helps raise awareness of dementia and reduce barriers for people in local communities living with the condition.”
The book is delivered in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council, Rushcliffe Primary Care Network and the Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS). It sets out local activities and groups across the Borough to help people choose an activity that’s local and easily accessible to them.
It’s been developed as part of the GreenSpace Green Social Prescribing Project that focuses on improving people’s mental health, in line with the national Green Social Prescribing initiative.
Green Social Prescribing provides a way of connecting people to nature based activities and green groups, projects and schemes in their local community, for support with health and wellbeing.
To view the latest version of the Big Green Book, please visit www.rushcliffehealth.org/green-book.
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