We are actively looking for referrals to our Fruitful Woods Mental Health project. Fruitful Woods is based in Edinburgh and aimed at people experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. Typically, people start on our Good Wood project and then move on to Fruitful Woods, but this does not have to be the case if they already have experience of this kind of work and are ready to make the commitment to the longer day required for Fruitful Woods.
The Good Wood project uses locally based environmental conservation as a forum for improving physical health, mental health, well-being and confidence among participants and accepts referrals from across Edinburgh. The project has now been running since summer 2008 and is run by two experienced project leaders with extensive mental health sector background. It is aimed at adults with mild to moderate mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and medically unexplained symptoms (e.g. chronic tension headache and irritable bowel syndrome). For more information see http://newcaledonianwoodlands.org/good-wood/
Fruitful Woods is a mental health and employability project that was set up over a year ago which engages participants in the making and selling of environmentally sustainable produce as well as woodland conservation tasks and management. The purpose of the project is to support participants in growing their self-belief and confidence while developing skills that can be applied in life and work settings that are not necessarily environmentally-oriented. For full details see http://newcaledonianwoodlands.org/fruitful-woods/
If you would like to refer someone to either project, email or call for an e-referral form indicating which project you think is most suitable, and send it back to our Crieff office address (at the end of the e-mail). If you would like to chat about someone whom you are thinking about referring, please ring us on 01764 655 644.