Volunteer to be a ‘nature buddy’

Release Date: 01 March 2018

Volunteers are being sought for a programme which will allow more people to access the borough’s parks and open spaces.

Let’s Go Outside & Learn want to create a network of volunteers who will receive regular training and support, meet others and eventually lead activities to help local people discover and enjoy the green spaces on their doorstep.

The programme aims to encourage people to spend more time outdoors by demonstrating the benefits to their health and wellbeing and providing an opportunity for them to form new friendships and social groups.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Business, Environment and Community said:

“Being active and taking advantage of our parks and open spaces is not only beneficial to physical health but makes a huge difference to mental health as well.

“Programmes like this help tackle social isolation, and build community spirit. Being a volunteer who leads these walks is a fantastic community service and can make a huge difference to someone’s life so if you are interested in volunteering I encourage you to get in touch with Let’s Go Outside and Learn.”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Nature Buddy enrol for the next training session on Thursday 15 March 2018 by contacting outdoor.learning@outlook.com or visiting the group’s website for further information.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P121/18

Updated: 29 March 2018