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ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL ENTERPRISE FEASIBILITY STUDY - MIND ABERYSTWYTH

One of the most promising services that MIND Aberystwyth offers is an ecotherapy group. The weekly ecotherapy service allows around 15 people per week who are affected by mental health concerns and autistic spectrum disorders to enjoy safe, structured activities in a natural environment. The activities are varied and aim to promote a variety of skills and therapeutic methods from woodland management to basket making.  The sessions provide a social outlet and promote exercise, relationship building and teamwork.

The intention of the environmental social enterprise feasibility study was to explore new activities for existing users and to open up the service to the public – still providing a safe and welcoming environment for those with mental health concerns.

The feasibility study looked into developing the existing ecotherapy service by firstly establishing a location for the project, then transforming the existing service into a community hub of facilities and adventure activities, creating a centre for ecotherapy, incorporating a forest school, green gym, after school club and outdoor children’s nursery and creating a café and small conference centre.

A wide range of people will benefit from this project including; young people, older people, women, Welsh speakers, all ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, carers and all of Ceredigion.

 

For further information on our projects, discuss your ideas or for information regarding eligibility of support please call the Cynnal y Cardi team on 01545 572063; e-mail cynnalycardi@ceredigion.gov.uk; or visit www.cynnalycardi.org.uk.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.