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A natural way to wellbeing

Myplace is an exciting and innovative ecotherapy project delivered by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Myplace empowers young people, adults and their communities to connect with local environments in order to learn new skills, build resilience and improve their physical health and mental wellbeing.

If you think that the Myplace project could be of benefit to you or someone you know, get in touch with one of our team.

Email | Call us - 01772 872007 or 01772 872017

The ecotherapy nature of Myplace has meant it's turned into something far more than just an excuse to get out of the house. I come away each week feeling refreshed.
Rosie Harvey
Myplace volunteer
360 individuals have benefitted from Myplace so far
95 % of people feel benefits in just 6 weeks

Tour Hubs

Each week we run sessions or 'hubs' across Preston, Chorley, East and West Lancashire. 

Click through the pictures below to find out more information about each of the different hubs available.

Hubs for Young People (ages 13-24):

These sessions offer opportunities for our participants to gain accredited awards through the John Muir Award. Participants learn new skills, develop their confidence, meet new friends and improve their health and wellbeing through participation in outdoor activities.

Hubs for Unemployed Individuals (15-25 and 25+):

Sessions for people looking to get back into long-term employment. Regular personal development is offered that enables participants to record and monitor their progress in order to build a CV and personal portfolio of skills and achievements. These are designed to enhance chances of future employment. 

Men in Sheds (50+):

Men who are benefitting the local community and the natural environment by working together to develop projects called 'green space challenges'. Participants gain new skills, build confidence, forge new friendships and develop their local environment whilst also improving health and wellbeing. 

How Myplace Works

The Myplace project team works each week with local communities on their greenspace sites or 'hubs'.

The hub activities aim to empower people to make positive changes for wildlife, communities and their own wellbeing.

What is Ecotherapy?

Ecotherapy is the approach that Myplace takes to help people re-connect with nature in a gentle, participant-led way.

Each Myplace session is different but include activities relating to our 5 key ecotherapy themes detailed below.

Research has shown that such activities can reduce stress, anxiety and many low level mental health conditions whilst also improving physical fitness, health and wellbeing.

Our 5 Key Themes

Wildlife Walks

Spending time in nature can be very relaxing providing time to reflect, unwind or kindle new friendships. Walking is also an excellent way to keep fit and active which has also been shown to improve a persons wellbeing.

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Learning new skills, trying new things and sharing knowledge and experiences can be a fantastic way to improve your wellbeing.

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Growing Projects

Not only benefiting wildlife and communities, growing projects can also offer the opportunity to make new discoveries and relax.

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Practical Conservation Work

Encouraging people to keep active, learn new skills and make positive changes for wildlife and wild spaces. Practical Conservation Work can also benefit the wider community and help people to feel like more valued members of society. 

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Mindful Environments

Taking time to step away from technology and be in the moment. It can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths.

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Our Funders

Myplace is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. 

It is one of 31 projects that form 'Our Bright Future' movement that is inspiring young people across the UK to become tomorrow's environmental champions.

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Our Bright Future

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