Lake District – Holly I was recently lucky enough to visit the Lake District with my camera for a pre-planned break before the current lockdown. I have never been there before and found the scenery quite breath-taking. Here is a selection of my favourite photos from the trip. I felt that the dramatic countryside was …

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Healthcare work can be bad for your mental health – Tom Folley We expect a lot from the people who look after us. Every day, at every level of the NHS and social care system, ordinary people do extraordinary work to save lives, ease pain, relieve distress, soften fears, and take general care of the …

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Funding success for The wild mind project The Wild Mind Project is delighted to announce that it has been awarded National Lottery Community funding, to support the wellbeing of young people.    “It’s a very welcome award, and will be of huge benefit to our organisation”, says co-founder Berny Simcox, “and we’d like to thank …

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Evidencing the impact of our Workshops As part of our workshops, we often ask our participants to provide anonymous feedback we might share. The generosity of this information helps us understand what participants have gained from the experience as well as how we might improve and evolve our delivery. Using thematic analysis (a qualitative research …

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A problem shared … Creative Refuelling for Parents “It allowed me to relax. Thank you SO much for your time and effort” Being a mum or dad is the most rewarding, most demanding job that most of us will ever do. And we learn the ropes on the job, making decisions, facing problems, gaining experience …

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Richmond Park at dawn – by Holly: I first became interested in photography many years ago, possibly under the influence of my grandfather who was a very enthusiastic amateur with every lens going. But my enthusiasm has become even more pronounced with the passing years. Suffering from anxiety issues I sometimes find it really hard …

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Forest Bathing I am in my 50s and sadly believe that my generation were the last to spend the majority of our leisure time outside. In the summer holidays, I use to spend the day in the woods with friends, having cooked omelettes or sausages on a gas stove for lunch. No mobile, no TV …

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Every part of the earth is sacred – Chief Seattle I first heard this speech at University when the tutor who was reading it out loud, had tears in his eyes. It had a profound effect on me and leaves me asking why Chief Seattle (more correctly known as Seathl) a Suquamish chief who lived on the islands …

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KVA Dragons’ Den As a new and developing CIC, we also experience many of the growth-focused themes we integrate into Wild Minds’ programming. This week, for example, discovery-based learning took centre stage with our Dragon’s Den presentation at Kingston Voluntary Action’s Funding Conference. Aside from the more practical tasks such as, designing a visually appealing …

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Red Deer can help your wellbeing We are so very lucky in South West London to have a number of amazing parks, including my personal favourite, Bushy Park. I suffered from clinical depression and the park was a major factor in my recovery. I have walked almost daily in Bushy for many years. I have …

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