Wild Work – Environment & Wellbeing
Using the outdoors to enhance wellbeing
Barriers such as of lack of confidence, disability, illness, lack of skills – all need to be addressed in order to progress to more actively participating in civic life, education and/or employment.
Stepping Stones programme
SECAD works with its initiative Wild Work, to provide an outlet in the outdoors for people of all ages experiencing mental health challenges. SECAD delivers a person-centred, outdoors and strengths based participatory learning initiative focused on providing pathways for individuals who may never move into paid employment. SECAD’s wellbeing initiative asks more ‘What kind of person do you want to be’ rather than ‘What do you want to be?’
Uniquely, SECAD creates an experience for people experiencing various forms of marginalisation that will build resilience, stimulate thinking about their own personal development and inspire them to actively help themselves, help nature and help their local community.
Practically, the programme also serves to improve communications skills through outdoor group activity and team building, as well as other nature based benefits reaped by individuals, simply by being outdoors and active. The programme focuses on increasing overall confidence, self-esteem and improving communication skills through outdoor group activity, journaling and skills mapping.
An interactive experience focusing on:
- Relationship building
- Relaxation and enjoyment
- Outdoor place based participatory learning initiative
- Story sharing
- Increased sense of respect and understanding of our relationship with nature and wild spaces
- Enhanced confidence and self-esteem
- Benefit in terms of improved health and well-beingQQI Level 3 qualification in Community Participation/Eco-Community Development (optional)
SECAD is delivering this targeted, person centred initiative using a community development approach. SECAD has a strong understanding of locally based community services and capacity to help clients engage with those services and stakeholders to support their progress and to respond to a critical need identified in local communities for mental health supports at the community level, including stress management and positive outlets for people who are experiencing a whole range of mental health challenges.
The programme will also work to identify further upskilling and training options for participants and if required progress to supported work placements – e.g. Tús, First Steps (U25s only).
Eligibility criteria will apply. The programme will be delivered in Midleton and potentially, Macroom and will run at varying times throughout 2018.
NEWS & EVENTS
Fourteen projects in communities overseen by SECAD Partnership CLG across South and West Cork were awarded LEADER funding this week. The projects were identified as most in need of support under the LEADER programme 2014-2020…read more
‘Meet the Founder’ networking event at Midleton Community Enterprise Centre brought together twenty participants from SECAD’s Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) and six female entrepreneurs and business women from Cork’s local business community.read more
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SECAD Partnership CLG
Midleton Community Enterprise Centre, Owennacurra Business Park,
Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 Y893
+353 21 4613432