WEN IS WORKING COLLABORaTIVELY WITH COMMUNITY RUN GREEN SPACES IN the london borough of TOWER HAMLETS TO SUPPORT projects WHICH PROMOTE POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING THROUGH ACTIVITIES IN NATURE.

the issue

One in four people will experience a significant mental health problem every year. At the same time, there is increasing demand on mental health services, meaning that commissioners are considering alternative approaches.

There is a growing acceptance that nature can play a role in positive mental health. Nature-based mental health interventions have been shown to promote general mental wellbeing, reduce depression, anxiety and stress, improve confidence, and promote social contact as well as a sense of calm.

WEN are working collaboratively with all nature based health and wellbeing projects in Tower Hamlets to develop awareness, build capacity and link vital nature based health interventions with relevant statutory health and social care providers.

Through playing a coordinating role WEN:

·       Advocate locally on behalf of the Nature, Health and Wellbeing sector

·        Link local experiences and evidence with the national movement,

·        Build capacity, embed best practice and implement research

People are at the core of this work. Our work helps connect people with nature, their community and ultimately themselves.

Email beth@wen.org.uk for more information.

 

our projects

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Tower Hamlets Green Care Partnership

WEN are coordinating the Tower Hamlets Green Care Partnership, funded by the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group Innovation Bursary. We are working in partnership with leading green organisations that represent over 80 acres of community run green spaces an important health resource within our densely populated borough:

  • Mudchute City Farm

  • Stepney City Farm

  • Spitalfields City Farm

  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

  • Bromley By Bow Centre

These organisations have a unique offer of activities from gardening to felting, conservation to animal husbandry, marmalade making to donkey grooming.   Whether you are an individual interested in attending our sessions, or a healthcare provider interested in making referrals, click here to download the Green Care session timetable and sign-up sheet.

 

 
 

SOIL SISTERS

Soil Sisters is an exciting 3 year project run by WEN that supports recovery and transformation for vulnerable women in traumatic transitions within refuge settings. Working with our partners Ashiana Network and Hestia, WEN will deliver a year round programme of weekly social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) or green care sessions across 5 refuges in East London. Find out more

 
 
 

LIVE WELL - COOKING & FOOD GROWING COURSE

Live Well course started in 2017 and is hosted by the Limborough Green Hub Community Garden and Live Well Community Kitchen in Poplar.

Live well involves having a appreciation of the impact our diets and lifestyles have on the planet.  Current industrialised global food systems are a major contributor to climate change.  Through this course we are able to explore in a practical way how to tackle this global issue through people taking local action: growing vegetables at home and in the community, and opening peoples eyes to a fun, delicious plant based diet, and the focusing in on our role as consumers reducing food waste.

 Attendees learn and try new recipes, spend time in the community garden and of course enjoy a delicious lunch at the end.  The course is free to attend and can be booked by contacting clyo@wen.org.uk


ST LEONARDS PRIORY

WEN has partnered with Tower Hamlets City Council, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, University College London, and the community habitant to Bromley-by-Bow, to work on a multi-phasal project to renew a long unused green site on the grounds of St. Leonard’s Priory in Bromley-by-Bow. Through a calendar of engagement events and sustained activity the aim is for the green space at St. Leonard’s Priory Park to be revitalized to address ecological, social, and cultural concerns.  Renewing its space has the potential to reduce traffic noise and function as a porous barrier from ambient pollution.  In addition these events will give the locals community an opportunity to engage with their environment in meaningful and life-altering ways. Find out more