Through our Health and Wellbeing programme, Wild things! aims to support the mental health and wellbeing of people in Moray, offer friendly and encouraging company, create opportunities to develop new skills, carry out meaningful conservation work, and support people to take gentle exercise and spend more time in the outdoors.
The Health and Wellbeing programme is open to anyone aged 16 and over who wishes to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Sessions are free, local pick ups are available, we can provide warm and waterproof clothing and no referral is necessary. We are a small and friendly group who welcome new participants.
Please book below or contact us for more information.
A large body of evidence suggests that physical activity and time spent outdoors supports wellbeing and can reduce symptoms and improve treatment of poor mental health, depression and stress.
Studies show that exposure to nature can lead to a reduction in stress indicators such as blood pressure and heart rate and that it reduces stress hormones, including cortisol. Increased ability to direct attention, maintain concentration and reduce negative emotions such as stress, anxiety and frustration have also been observed. Trees play a significant role in restoring our health and wellbeing; woodlands and forests are often the most desired environment for relaxing and recovering from stress.
During our Mental Heath and Wellbeing Sessions, we have explored the mountain landscapes of the Cairngorms and Glen Affric, the River Findhorn, coastal landscapes of Hopeman, Spey Bay and Kingston and the dunelands of Findhorn. We have also carried out invasive plant control, taught traditional crafts and run Christmas craft sessions.
Participants join us for many reasons; some are recovering from addiction, others have suffered from social isolation and depression. All are welcome.
“I enjoyed the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.” – Participant
“I got a lot of fresh air and my mind was fine and clear after keeping active all day.” – Participant
“An excellent way to stay active and focus on the really important things in life.” – Participant
“I haven’t smiled for a long time, but being outdoors in the fresh air, with encouraging company, doing something worthwhile and learning at the same time felt good.” – Participant
“I have started to really look forward to a day out with Wild things!” – Participant