I had a lovely walk yesterday in one of the beautiful nature reserves run by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. It almost felt as if Spring was in the air… and we met some VERY friendly robins. It was very peaceful and still and we stopped to listen – it brought a whole new meaning (or rather helped us remember the original meaning!) to Twitter!
One of the best things about the work I am doing these days is the fantastic range of passionate people I meet, mainly directly in the health and social care field but sometimes more indirectly. Recently I met Michael Bunney at a “brain-friendly learning” event (organised by our excellent business associates, First Class Training) in Stratford. Michael is Chair of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust so we immediately had a shared interest. Michael told me about a fantastic programme called Let nature feed your senses.
Let Nature Feed Your Senses is an exciting new partnership, between LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and The Sensory Trust aiming to “connect disengaged groups and individuals with nature and the countryside” through a programme of activities and events. The project sets out to get “young people, disabled groups and older people out onto farms, nature reserves, education centres and city farms, to experience everyday nature and the countryside in their everyday life”.
I was particularly interested in learning about opportunities for people with sensory impairments and learning disabilities, and people with dementia or living in care homes. I know how much I enjoyed my visit so it is not hard to imagine the huge benefits a “back to nature” outing can bring to potentially disadvantaged or isolated people, bringing alive senses and refreshing spirits. Just take a look at this video of a group of residents from a care home visiting a farm in Buckinghamshire.
I am hoping to visit one of the projects in March with my friend and business associate Maria Rankin who has a real passion for wildlife and nature… I am sure we will both learn a lot and similarly gain much well-being through this wonderful opportunity to leave the Twitter of the 21st century behind for a few hours….
And, for those of you who want to share the experience, here we have…the original tweeter…