WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
We have a community projects running at the North Stables situated on Pitchcroft Racecourse Worcester and at The Wellbeing Centre Merton Close, Sandwell B68 8NG
Introducing outdoor projects plays a huge integral part in veterans mental well-being and physical health.
We understand the importance to learn and develop knowledge and understanding of the outside space, as it is a much richer context than the indoors. A dynamic space where you can learn about nature, grow your own vegetables or fruits, take part in other outdoor activities and breathe in the clean air. A feel good factor that you are engaging in nature and supporting the environment.
A journey being involved in the outdoor community projects, involving yourself in group tasks, learning, participating, creating a healthy body and a healthy mind. These will all play a pivotal role in self-esteem and raising confidence. In our 7-Step Civilian Skills program, Step 5 is all about a healthy body a healthy mind. How we look at what we eat, the importance of daily exercise, the outdoors clean air and participating in group activities. All of which will have a positive effect on your mental health.
STEPWAY are working in partnership Transition Worcester
Chair Tony Kennell, with his team of volunteers was recently awarded the Worcestershire Wildlife Hero award organised by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Moreover, we have Kirsty who is our Community Project lead. A veteran with over 21 years experience as an Army nurse and warrant officer, she oversees and makes the project assessable for all.
At the Wellbeing centre we have Carol who has over 30 years experience running garden projects, forest schools and has lots of local connections who have come on board to make the outdoor project something special for the whole community be involved with.
BE INVOLVED AND GAIN BENEFITS LIKE:
- Improvements in your mental well-being.
- Improves your physical health.
- Finding your sense of purpose
- Finding your sense of belonging
A few personal accounts
Nice to come down when its sunny and wet. Meet friends and have a laugh and a joke as it prevents me starring at the four walls. its good for both physical and mental wellbeing. I enjoy the banter it gives me a few hours peace. Nice to sit here by the fire going its just nice reminiscing surrounded by beautiful women. Woody (Veteran & Beekeeper General)
The allotment project gave me a reason to get up and outside in the fresh air also invaluable to us as a family in lock down as we came down learned new skills. Inspired us and also gave us confidence to grow our own as a family.
As a mentor it enabled me to encourage my clients to come down and join in, the camaraderie gave them a purpose and a mission to get there teeth into. Often the veterans come to us are shy or not very confident when it comes to meeting others. The allotment gives them something in common to discuss and get involved with, as many of them miss working as a team. Tina D. (Veteran & Volunteer)
1 promote an improvement in mental health
2 to enable veterans to gain new skills
3 to make new friendships
4 to work socialise with like minded ex service personnel
5 to have a sense of belonging
6 to give veterans empowerment
7 to promote healthy living and healthy lifestyle
8 to give veterans a sense of purpose
9 to break barriers between civilian and military volunteers
10 to produce food for the homeless in Worcester
11 to a place of safety for volunteers to attend. (Veteran & Senior Caseworker)
The garden has been like a safe haven, natures tranquillity and hustle and bustle of veterans and volunteers. Its provided me with a sense of purpose and belonging. Being given the role of Community project lead has made me step further out of my comfort zone and embrace new challenges. Having veterans supporting the project it provides me with encouragement to want to make things better and bridging the gap the veterans at the garden provides Kirsty. B (Veteran & Project lead)
It is good to see everyone in a different environment. It is relaxing with a good atmosphere everyone pulls together as a team. It is also good for my daughter as everyone has been teaching her new skills and built her confidence, everyone’s confidence has been built and has developed or rediscovered social skills. Julie O. (Civilian & Volunteer)
For more information on how to become involved, please either contact the main office on 01905 745 253
Worcestershire: Contact Kirsty on 07966632053
West Midlands: Contact Carol on: 07773625573
Now we know not everyone has green fingers, but they would still like to be involved in some form of activity outdoors. So, we needed to find another project that was in line with our ethos of working with nature and supporting the environment.
WELCOME TO OUR BEE KEEPING PROJECT…
This project is run by two of our veterans Tony Beekeeper and Woody with over 40 years experience in beekeeping.
The three Stages of training and education
An introduction into health and safety and a free allergy test available A brief history into bee keeping and about the different types of hives.
All equipment and protective suits are provided for you to have hands on experience on how to do an inspection and finally to the point of extracting the honey.
Who it’s for…
If you’ve ever wondered how honey is made a beekeeping experience is for you. If you’re thinking of keeping bees yourself, this project gives you an excellent insight into what being a beekeeper involves. If you like honey you’ll love it!
Who it’s not for…
If you are allergic to bee stings this might not be the activity for you, as they are very much hands-on beekeeping experiences at our beekeeping centres around the county.
HERE ARE SOME BEE FACTS….
- The reason bees are so noisy is because they beat their wings 11,400 times in one minute!
- Only female bees can sting. Male bees don’t have stingers.
- Honey bees communicate through a series of dance moves.
- A hive of bees will fly over 55,000 miles to make 1lb of honey and can create 100lbs of honey in a year.
- Bees can sense the hormone a human gives off when they’re scared. If they feel their hive is threatened they’ll attack.
- The Honey Bee is the only insect that makes food man can eat.
- Each Honey Bee from the same hive has their own specific color identification.
- The Ancient Egyptian King Pepy II came up with a clever insect repellent. He would cover a slave completely with honey so they would be attracted to the honey and not him.
- Eating honey makes you smarter! It has an antioxidant that improves brain functions.
- It would cost 1.8 billion for U.K farmers to pollinate their crops without bees.
- There has been over 270 species of bees recorded in the U.K.
There are lots of opportunities for you to learn new skills, join our outdoor adventure and volunteer to contribute to this fantastic opportunity, working with the natural world. For more information contact us today.
A new Community Project at the WELLBEING CENTRE is part funded by the heart of England. for more details, please click on the image below…