Giving people the opportunity to imagine, fund & create projects that bring their local area to life
We know the value of plants and green spaces on mental health, and have combined this with CBT to support residents who live with Social Anxiety Disorders, particularly those made worse by COVID-19. A registered therapist will work 1-2-1 and help with condition management, and learn coping techniques for anxiety. We'll identify suitable greenspace projects local to participants. Projects may include beautification of roadsides, community facilities, care homes or creation of a community garden. Participants will work together to identify the activity, and will be supported by the therapist to practice social skills in an anxiety-friendly environment. Participants will also support local residents unable to care for their greenspace with maintenance, beautification, trimming and providing potted plants. The objective is to build aspiration for people with Social Anxiety to connect with their community, and to combat loneliness.
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Why it's a great idea:
People who live with Social Anxiety are not able to participate in other support programmes without first being helped to build their confidence in their own ability to function in a social setting. We will do this through a CBT programme, support people to build community connections and become involved. At the same time, we will use horticulture-therapy to help manage the anxiety, and bring about improvements to local communities. The ultimate objective is to foster aspiration and a sense of achievement, leading to employment and economic activity. We also aim to improve the mental health of local residents unable to care for their gardens, who are also lonely and suffering from depression by creating and maintaining their gardens, and bringing some weekly social interaction to them.
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About the space
Liverpool City Council