We have set up a range of activities to bring creativity, conversation and delight into the lives of people in Dorset, helping them to get out and enjoy what being in the great outdoors can bring. Being out in nature improves mood, health and self-esteem but many people find it difficult to get outdoors.

Stepping into Nature makes that step easier by encouraging people to try something new together, with the chance of making new friends too. With an array of activities on offer from walking and woodworking to singing and gardening, the programme meets lots of interests and explores some beautiful parts of the county too.

Activities are relaxed and sociable and highly supportive both from staff and other people attending. One attendee said: “it makes us feel human, being with other people on the same journey who know exactly how we feel”. Activities are mostly free or with a very small charge, open to all and run on a regular basis throughout the year. Led by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership it is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and Dorset County Council.

Stepping into Nature focus is to work with both environment and health organisations to improve wellbeing for Dorset’s older people, including those living with dementia and carers. Julie Hammon, Stepping into Nature Project Officer, adds: “During April we will be out spreading the message in local communities. It’s your chance to find more, meet us and take home some activity leaflets.

Locations include Lyme Regis, Beaminster, Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth, Swanage and Wareham.” To find your first step check out www.stepin2nature.org or follow us on Facebook & Twitter @stepin2nature or contact 01305 224785

 

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