In Partnership with Natural Academy and EcoWild, WENP hosts the West of England Practitioner Network for Nature and Health. The Network brings together practitioners in the field of nature and health, as well as other interested parties, to connect, collaborate, discuss, learn and share. The Network meets in person every two-to-three months, and an online space for discussions is provided through the Nature, Health and Wellbeing Hive on Hyvr, an online social media platform for those working in or using healthcare.
As well as providing a space for practitioners to collaborate, the Network is making an important contribution to WENP’s objective of mainstreaming ‘nature-based health services‘ – lifestyle choices, preventions and interventions that, through engagement with nature, support people’s health and wellbeing, develop connections between people and nature, and build behaviours that encourage care for our natural environment.
Over the past year, the Network has developed draft quality standards for practitioners that will help provide assurance as to the quality of services provided within the field; has helped develop an evidence base for nature-based health services; and has shaped the development of a dedicated website for practitioners in the field of nature and health. Additionally, in November, practitioners and others working in health and wellbeing met at Kelston Roundhill to build links between practitioners and those working in social prescribing.
Minutes from previous meetings of the Network can be found below. If you are interested in joining the mailing list for the Practitioner Network, you can sign up using the link below – we hope to see you soon!