Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has today been awarded over £400,000 by the Big Lottery Fund. This new project aims to get people from Swindon with mental health problems outdoors and active, to improve their quality of life. The project is particularly focussed on involving veterans, ex-offenders and those from minority ethnic communities.

Kate Milanes, Wellbeing Programmes Leader from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant by the Big Lottery Fund. Over the programmes four year lifetime we hope to be able to help over 800 residents of Swindon to improve their mental well-being by taking part in weekly conservation and outdoor activities at our nature reserves and local green spaces in Swindon.”

Physical activity has long been linked to a healthy mind. Volunteering has the same benefit, boosting confidence and creating a sense of self-worth through contributing to something valuable. Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s weekly wellbeing groups offer both.

The Trust will begin taking referrals in October. It currently has a number of referral partners in Swindon, but if you are a GP or a local organisation supporting veterans, ex-offenders or those from minority ethnic communities and would like more information or to be a future referrer to the new groups, then please contact Kate Milanes (01380) 736098 KateM@wiltshirewildlife.org for more information