Hello fellow Networkers,

I hope your weekend went well.

First, if you missed our Networkshop on ‘Growing Together’ which featured some fascinating presentations about community gardening, you can view it here:

I also thought I’d remind you of some upcoming events (including 2 new ones) which may be of interest.

First we already have over 70 people registered for this Wednesday’s Networkshop ‘The Natural Health Service’, which is great- you can still register for a place if you haven’t already (registrations will close Tuesday evening).

21st April- ‘The Natural Health Service’– Isabel Hardman’s book includes a ‘manifesto’ for connecting with nature; we will discuss what this means and what we can do. This will include expert speakers (including Professor Tim O’Riordan and Hugh Somerleyton) on topics such as nature connection in social prescribing, employee health, protecting and enhancing nature, improving access and enabling children to connect with nature etc. (4pm- 5.30pm)  

And there are these  2  further Networkshops coming up:

 5th May-  Recruiting and supporting volunteers. We will explore what is important when thinking about recruitment of volunteers, the sorts of support they need and other matters such as pathways to employment, skills development and ‘moving on’.Staff fromVoluntary Norfolk will be and guiding us through this and covering the support they can offer, including online recruitment, and the idea of a ‘volunteer passport’ – back up resources and advice will be signposted. Please come and share your experiences about volunteers and learn from others in the Network (4pm- 5.30pm)

 19th May- Green Social Prescribing- hear about the evidence supporting ‘green care’, find out about the prize- winning Dundee Green Health Partnership from Dr. Viola Marx, the view from Natural England’s Giles Merritt (including an update on the national Green Social Prescribing pilots); hear regional and local views on the development of social prescribing from regional NHS leads Tim Anfilogoff and Sian Brand and Julie Ringer from the National Academy for Social Prescribing will outline what NASP does and has to offer(4pm-5.30pm)

I will also be talking at two forthcoming online meetings:

28th April (4.30pm-5.30pm)

The RSA (Royal Society of Arts) is hosting a Norfolk meeting. This is open to all; I’ll be talking about green care and the Network. Book here:

6th May (7pm-8pm)

‘North Walsham Big Bash’– I’ll be talking about green care and the Network at an evening session as part of this online Festival. Register for this and other events in the Festival here:

Nigel Boldero,

Convenor: NGCN

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