28 February 2024
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Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust join forces to promote wellbeing programme for men

Wiltshire Council is working alongside Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to promote a new well-being programme for men aged 20-59.

The free initiative seeks to support improved well-being through nature-based and physical activity where men can develop strong social networks. Sessions will be shaped throughout the programme based on the interests of those attending.

Examples of activities on offer include hiking, woodwork and bushcraft skills, which will be implemented alongside well-being techniques, including stress management and mindfulness.

Starting from 19th February, the first programme will run over 12 weeks in Salisbury, with more wellbeing programmes being arranged for later this year in Trowbridge and Chippenham.

Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “This partnership with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is very important, the programme will provide men with the knowledge and practical tools they need to improve their mental wellbeing. 

“Participants will be able to engage in activities that they enjoy whilst developing new skills and learning about the benefits of being outdoors. Having access to wellbeing techniques and advice will contribute to positive behaviour change, benefiting those who are currently struggling.”

Damian Haasjes, Director of Education and Wellbeing at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Wiltshire Wildlife Trust are excited to be working in partnership with Wiltshire Council’s Public Health Team to support men’s mental health across the county. We regularly see the positive impact that connecting with nature has on people’s mental health and wellbeing.

The new outdoor men’s wellbeing programme will build on our existing work and offer a great opportunity for early support and intervention with men who are struggling with their mental health.”

To find out more or to make a referral, please visit https://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/mens-wellbeing, or people can contact Wiltshire Wildlife with any enquiries at wellbeing@wiltshirewildlife.org or call 07702802961.  

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Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns