The Network is here to support connections between its members, help them to improve or develop what they are doing and to promote the growth in green care across Norfolk and beyond.
Workshops and meetings
During the pandemic we have provided a programme of online ‘Networkshops’ on a range of topics (click on the links to view the recordings of these):
- ‘Growing Together’– setting up and running community gardening projects
- ‘The Natural Health Service’- approaches to promoting green care as part of a wider health and care system (plenary 1 and plenary 2)
- ‘Green Social Prescribing’– the current state of social prescribing in Norfolk and Waveney, and approaches to developing this
- ‘Urban playground‘- exploring ways of improving urban landscapes to make them more liveable, especially for children
- ‘Animal Magic’- the benefits of interacting with animals
- ‘Do you treat your soil like dirt?’- the importance of soil health to good growing and ways of improving it.
- ‘Walking Plus’– exploring ways of enhancing the basic walking experience and hearing about Active Norfolk’s ‘Activity Finder’.
- ‘Breaking down the Barriers’– what prevents people from connecting with nature and what is being done to combat these barriers?
- Volunteering workshop- issues and ideas for recruiting and supporting volunteers
- ‘NHS sites and nature connection‘ – examples of projects, sources of support
- ‘Silent Spaces’– a presentation from Liz Ware, founder of ‘Silent Space’ and discussion about creating space in gardens and other places where people are silent and connect with nature.
- Fundraising Networkshop- presentations about funding strategies, top tips on applying for funding and information about funding from the Co-operative movement
- Drop in- exercise– brief presentation form Rachel Cooke of Active Norfolk on the importance of physical exercise and some of the issues in encouraging more of this locally, plus information on the Active Norfolk online ‘Activity Finder’.
As we move out of Covid restrictions we are planning to develop a further programme of events, some online and others face to face, including regular visits to projects across Norfolk and beyond- some of these will be a blend of linked online and face to face events/workshops. Details of these will be publicised on the Events Page , our Facebook group and newsletters.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Sometimes the sharing of information and ideas at Networkshops leads on to a follow up group who want to pursue the issues discussed, and explore ways of working together and other action. For the current position on SIG’s look here.
The Network is developing its role as a broker of funding and other support for its members and to promote the development of green care in areas where access is poor.
The Network, and its individual members work in partnership with other organisations to plan and deliver these programmes which all have some element of promoting opportunities to connect with nature to promote health and wellbeing.
Some will also enable action to be taken to address other issues such as food security, climate change, biodiversity etc. We are also very keen to work in new ways to enrich experiences of connecting with nature and add value to other organisations’ activities. This includes across sectors, such as with artists, cultural organisations, community groups, health and care services, education, research bodies etc.
For the latest information on Projects the Network is involved with look here.