Creating a springboard for a locally led recovery and re-imagination of the North of Tyne
We have a designated area of our garden that we have received funding for designed specifically to relax & calm the mind (we call it The Happy Place). The area will be complete with seating and sensory plants and sounds to help people reconnect with nature (the benefits of which are well documented). There will be a safe walk way around the loop with seating added and planters with suitable flora & fauna to stimulate the senses (such as lavender) and a water feature & wind chimes. The next phase of our outdoor space development is to bring the beach to Briardale - creating a large beach area with beach huts & sand for all to enjoy. This safe space would become a sensory space for children and adults, particularly our elderly residents who travel to the beach is difficult or they feel too vulnerable or lack confidence in large open public spaces. The whole project is to promote wellbeing in the community while improving mental health & reduce social isolation in a safe & relaxed space.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Getting people outdoors is proven to stimulate and improve mental health and general wellbeing. For those who are socially isolated, live alone, have no friends or family - creating a safe place for them to relax, enjoy their surroundings, have a cup of tea and a chat and make new friends will vastly improve their lives. We have over 700 users of our community centre each week from babies and toddlers to our older 'Friendship Club' and are creating our outdoor space so this can be enjoyed by all ages. For many, a day at the beach brings back happy memories of their childhood and miss the opportunity or ability to travel to the local beach or fear feeling vulnerable in open public spaces. The Briardale Beach will be a safe environment for all of our community to enjoy together...
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