Members of the Network believe in the power of connecting with nature and are actively involved or interested in fostering Green Care- activities that in some way deliver ‘nature connection’ for people. We have classified these activities into 6 broad groups- find out more here.
We are supporting green care projects and people by:
- Enabling projects to connect and explore potential working relationships
- Sharing expertise, resources and volunteers
- Coming together to develop expertise through training and events
- Inspiring and promoting the development of Green Care activities, including places where they don’t currently exist
- Providing pathways for individuals to progress between different types and levels of green care
- Developing a set of values and practices which ensure those involved can be seen as meeting a common set of standards, whilst recognising the variety of the activities being provided
- Bringing together and promoting research into the impact of Green Care so as to further its development
The Network has taken a very informal approach to it development since the beginning of 2020. We are moving towards a more formal structure (as an ‘unincorporated association’), and membership, and in September 2021 we will be holding our first Annual Meeting where a draft constitution and key policies such as Finance, General Data Protection Regulation will be approved. It is also the point at which the Network’s supporting structure will be confirmed. This consists of a Network Support Team who are volunteers leading on various aspects of the Network’s activities and a Network Advisory Group which comes together regularly to monitor progress and guide the Network’s development.
Though centred on Norfolk, we also include projects and activities in adjoining areas, such as Waveney and other parts of Suffolk, and the Fenland area of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.
We have held a series of online of ‘Networkshops’ on various topics of relevance to Green Care are looking forward to holding a blend of online meetings and face to face events at various green care projects. Special Interest Groups develop from some of these events, where people wish to continue to discuss and develop ideas.
The Network is also playing an important ole in promoting Green Care, by acting as a ‘broker’ in partnership projects, securing funding and other support to help grow and develop existing and new green care provision.
This website and blog aims to provide up to date information and resources to support green care in our area. Apart from pages with information and links to a range of different types of green care projects, and what the Network is doing, we have sections with a digest of support resources and published research. And our page with the latest news and posts provides regular articles of interest.
You can also join our Facebook Group by clicking here.
We have good working relationships with other bodies that support voluntary and community activities and green care including: