People Enjoying Nature is an outreach project which will offer supported activity sessions in the Pendle Hill landscape to individuals and groups who are dealing with mental health and social isolation issues.

The People Enjoying Nature (PEN) project is an outreach project which will offer supported activity sessions in the Pendle Hill landscape to individuals who are dealing with mental health and social isolation issues. These sessions will give participants the opportunity to learn new skills and get involved in different activities, as well as meet new people and find out about new places and sites.

PEN participantsThis project involves the partnership of Lancashire Care NHS Community Restart, who help advertise and register individuals onto the PEN sessions. This partnership benefits the project and has been key to its development and delivery so far.

Within each year of the Landscape Partnership, we will be delivering PEN sessions in 3 six week blocks from March to October, and 4 stand-alone sessions from November to February. Each session includes minibus transport from 3 central pick up points to the session sites, and vice versa. All tools and resources are provided, and outdoor clothing is available to borrow at each session.

PEN participantsMost of the People Enjoying Nature sessions are delivered by the PHLP staff team and involve activity related to other projects or season- for example practical conservation, archaeology, walks. However some sessions are delivered by external facilitators and include different types of activity.

If you would like to find out more about the People Enjoying Nature project please get in touch.

Project Summary - August 2020

The People Enjoying Nature group have been enjoying lots of different activities over the past 12 months. Last spring we got involved with lambing, we learnt more about local archaeology in the summer and have been involved in practical conservation tasks throughout the year. Walking is a big part of PEN, and we have been exploring new routes, as well as revisiting some favourites!

We hope that individuals who join the PEN project learn new skills and more about local nature and environment. But most importantly we have lots of conversations, lots of smile and lots of laughter as we enjoy the wonderful Pendle Hill landscape.

The PEN project is delivered in partnership with Community, Engagement and Prevention Team, which is part of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. This partnership has resulted in a successful project, and we must thank Nick Alderson in particular for working with us on this.

Find out more about the PEN project on the project page.

 

Contact: Community Engagement Officer – jayne.ashe@lancashire.gov.uk or call 01200 420420.

PROJECT SUMMARY