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Branching Out

Last Updated: 4/7/2014

Branching Out is an innovative programme which offers woodland activities on referral for mental health service users. Each group runs once a week for 12 weeks, and includes activities as diverse as health walks, conservation projects, bushcraft activities and tai chi. Activities are chosen to suit the physical ability of individuals in the group, as well as other factors such as time of year, woodland site and weather. Research has shown that Branching Out has a very low attrition rate, can help people increase their physical activity levels, and has benefits to physical, mental and social wellbeing. The programme aims to act as a stepping stone to encourage individuals to move on to more socially inclusive activities, while also acting as a adjunct treatment to their mental health issues.

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