Why Silver Saplings?
Studies have shown that exposure to outdoors can lead to a reduction in stress indicators such as blood pressure and heart rate, as well as reducing stress hormones, including cortisol. The NHS recommend physical activity to promote health and wellbeing, as well as spending time in green spaces. This is especially relevant for older people. Play Scotland highlight that despite evidence that outdoor play is essential for children’s health and happiness, children face more barriers to playing outside than ever before.
Wild things! carried out a short pilot in 2018 to test whether there was demand for a larger scale project creating opportunities for young and old people to spend time in natural environments. Through this pilot, Wild things! gathered qualitative feedback from project participants that demonstrated both the demand for outdoor activities as well as the positive effects on their mental and physical health and wellbeing.
The difference we’ll make
We aim to improve health and wellbeing through providing opportunities for connection with the natural environment, offering lasting ‘green prescriptions’ to our participants. Through Silver Saplings, we will create lasting change in communities across North East Scotland.
Our activities include day trips for older people, nature activities in care homes for older people with limited mobility, outdoor courses for teenagers and vulnerable adults and Forest School programmes for primary school aged children.
Through our work, participants will improve mental and physical health, gain confidence to spend time outdoors and increase their engagement with local green spaces. The project will also provide the opportunity for participants to build new social connections and support networks in their local community.
Our partners include:
Support Silver Saplings
Help us to make our outdoors health and wellbeing programmes a reality for hundreds more people in 2020! We are aiming to raise £20K between now and May 2020 in order to get the Silver Saplings project up and sprouting. You can donate directly through our JustGiving page or consider a fundraiser with your workplace, school or social group.
A huge thank you to our funders who have made these programmes possible.