Myplace

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1,444 individuals have benefitted from Myplace so far
95% of people feel benefits in just six weeks

Free online ecotherapy sessions

We are offering free, online support for both adults and young people in our region.

Enjoy new sessions every week with a small friendly group, lead by one of our trained members of staff. These sessions can help you to take steps to improve your health and wellbeing, meet new people, learn more about nature and the outdoors and enhance your CV.

Why not start your journey with us today?

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For more information please get in touch with a member of the team using the contact details provided or take a look at our virtual session FAQ's.

T: 07738 102274 | E: myplace@lancswt.org.uk

What is Myplace?

Myplace is an exciting and innovative ecotherapy project delivered by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside in partnership with the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

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

Click here to read an independent report about Myplace.

What have our participants said about Myplace?

Visit our YouTube channel to watch some of our participants share their experience of the Myplace project.

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Although the sessions have changed to fit the lockdown, it has kept everyone going and doing something. The sessions, and connecting with nature, have helped my confidence and, even though we’re not outside, it’s having the same effect.
Myplace participant
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How Myplace works

Weekly online sessions, led by a fully trained member of staff will meet each week via a safe online platform. 

The activities and themes will vary session to session dependent on the season and group, but will all relate back to at least one of the five ways to wellbeing - Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn and Give.

In 2017 The Wildlife Trusts published a report with the University of Essex which examined the effects of volunteering in nature on people's mental health and the results were incredible.

Read the summary

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What is Ecotherapy?

Ecotherapy is the approach that Myplace takes to help people reconnect with nature in a gentle, participant-led way. Each Myplace session is different but includes activities relating to our five 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.

Activities relate to five key themes

Click through the different sections below for examples of some of the activities you might expect to do at a Myplace session.

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 person's wellbeing. Whilst our walks might be more of a mindful activity we also include activities like foraging and looking for wildlife.

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Bushcraft

Learning new skills, trying new things and sharing knowledge and experiences can be a fantastic way to improve your wellbeing. Activities might include fire lighting, wood working and making homes for nature.

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Gardening projects

Not only benefiting wildlife and communities, gardening projects can also offer the opportunity to make new discoveries, learn new skills and relax. Activities also include cooking freshly picked fruit and vegetables over an open fire. 

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Practical conservation

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. Activities might include balsam bashing, dead hedging and tree planting. 

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Mindful environments

Taking time to step away from technology and be in the moment can do wonders for mental wellbeing. It can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths. We might do some mindful drawing or stop for a while and take notice of our surroundings.

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Other opportunities with Myplace

Dirtworks at Brockholes

Dirtworks at Brockholes

Dirtworks

*Please note this has temporarily been paused due to Covid-19

Join our practical conservation volunteering group for young people aged 11 - 19 and make a difference for Brockholes Nature Reserve.

Gain conservation, bushcraft and green woodworking skills. Get qualifications and experience. Great for young people completing their Duke of Edinburgh award or others wanting work experience in the outdoors

Sessions run every Saturday from 1 - 4pm. To get involved contact us on

myplace@lancswt.org.uk | 01772 872007

Siemens employees taking part in a Wild Wellbeing Day at Brockholes Nature Reserve

Cain Scringemour

Wild Wellbeing Days

A team day with a twist, led by our friendly and experienced Myplace team. Wild Wellbeing Days are designed specifically to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all those involved.

Seeing my team happy and relaxed gave me a great sense of achievement.

Spokesperson, Siemens 

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Thanks to our Funders

Myplace is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund through 'Our Bright Future' and 'Reaching Communities England' and the European Social Fund through the More Positive Together programme. 

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

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