Wild at Heart has been fortunate enough to receive funding from Cadent Foundation which has given us the opportunity to reach out to more vulnerable communities and use both nature and social connections to support wellbeing and reduce isolation.
The Cadent Foundation is funded by local gas network Cadent, and has been established to support projects large and small that help people living in vulnerable situations and energy poor communities; protect and preserve the natural environment and support in creating a sustainable energy future for all. More information can be found at www.cadentfoundation.com
Lockdown Zoom sessions
During the winter lockdowns in 2020/2021, we were able to put on a series of Wild at Heart Lockdown Zoom sessions as a fun and friendly way of keeping in touch with our participants, but also facilitating our community groups to support each other. We were able to help our participants and volunteers to gain the confidence to use some new digital skills for staying in touch, and we learnt some new things too! We ran sessions on Winter Spectacles, Pond Life, we encouraged people to share their Snow Day photos, and we even ran a series of successful Live Seasonal Soup cook-alongs!
Nature Activity Goodie Bags
Thanks to funding from the Cadent Foundation, we have been able to reach new community groups who were isolating or shielding at home and couldn’t meet up.
This allowed us to create and deliver our own Wild at Heart Nature Activity Goodie Bags – filled with supplies for doing nature arts and crafts, gardening, wildlife watching, nature journaling, and ideas for how to use the resources to promote wellbeing at home through a connection with nature. These have been really well received – some participants have grown their own sunflowers or harvested their own vegetables for the first time!
Seasonal Wild Wellbeing Mini-Magazines
We have created a quarterly series of Wild Wellbeing Mini-Magazines, based around the 5 Ways to Wild Wellbeing: Give, Connect, Be Active, Learn, and Take Notice. These 4 seasonal leaflets provides ideas for noticing and connecting with nature, puzzles to keep your brain active, urban sites to visit for a nature walk, nature crafts and wild recipes to make to share with a friend, and wellbeing tips for relaxing in nature.
Click on the links below for each season’s Wild Wellbeing Mini-Magazine!
We are now delivering a series of “Exploring Sheffield” strolls, bringing new community groups out on trips to celebrate and enjoy some of the fantastic greenspaces and waterways on their doorstep that Sheffield has to offer! Each site has been chosen to be accessible with toilets, benches, good public transport routes, and each has wonderful wildlife and stunning views of Sheffield to explore!