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Nature in Mind (formerly Gateway to Nature)

Nature in Mind is a Framework service for adults which draws on the unique capacity of heritage and nature to restore and improve mental and physical health.

Who is this service for?
People can apply to Nature in Mind if they are over 18, feel they are excluded or experience mental health difficulties such as depression or anxiety, and would find it difficult to access local heritage and nature sites without support. A medical diagnosis is not necessary .

Contact Details

The Burrow 40 Forest Road West

Who to contact:
0115 970 9591, Nature in Mind Team, Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5.00pm, Friday 9.00am-4.30pm

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Other information

Nature in Mind provides varied opportunities and activities related to nature in small, supportive groups. Activities include walking in nature, gardening, conservation, wildlife identification, arts and crafts on natural themes and visits to gardens as well as heritage sites, farms and nature reserves. The service works closely with other nature-related community groups and supports participants to move on to further volunteering, training and employment. Evidence shows that spending time in natural and green spaces can: reduce stress and anxiety, reduce levels of depression, improve physical health, improve mood and self-esteem, help to reduce the need for medication, help to overcome isolation and social exclusion.