Supporting small scale local projects that create connections and bring people together.
The NetParks Wellbeing project invites participants living with anxiety, depression, social isolation and dementia to utilise outdoor spaces reflectively, exploring digital and traditional art. Surrounded by nature and undertaking new creative skills increases confidence, independence and social engagement. Using a safe and relaxing environment with a well stocked art studio our participants are inspired by the Netpark apps and Chalkwell Park to create a reflective story illustrated through digital art. we hope to expand the project from three days to five days a week. This would give us the opportunity to reach out to the local BAME community, refugees, carers and participants that cannot access our service on week days. As our service is free we would benefit those in economically deprived areas.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
There is a ever increasing demand on local mental health services in which our statistics from our pilot year show we are helping to reduce some of the symptoms causing this demand. For example 50% of participants in our pilot year said that their use of the GP and crisis team had reduced. Furthermore 81% identify improvement in symptoms of social isolation, through meeting new people on the project. Creating a safe non-judgmental space helps to reconnect social status and wellbeing, 93% would recommend the project to others. By providing a free service including refreshments we remove the worry of cost to the participants
Steps to get it done:
Statistics from our pilot year show that participants - • 84% identified an improvement in self confidence. • 50% said their use of the GP and crisis team had reduced. • 75% increased their exercise. • 81% said symptoms of social isolation, through meeting new people on the project improved. • 72% said symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress improved. • 85% felt more confident using technology. • 93% would recommend the project to others. • 83% of those over 65 would recommend this project to others. • 98% of volunteers said their symptoms of social isolation, anxiety and depression had improved. our project has also shown value for money our Total NHS therapeutic intervention amount saved to date is £80,120.
About the space
Chalkwell Park is a cricket ground and recreational Park in Westcliff, England. Metal renovated the previously unused Chalkwell Hall as our base in Southend-on-Sea. It is set within the grounds of the well loved Chalkwell Park.
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