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Grant award for eco-therapy programme

29 January 2015

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The CCF awarded £2,400 to the Battling On CIC towards an eco-therapy programme. Eco-therapy improves mental and physical wellbeing through engagement with the natural environment and allows individuals to interact with others.

Groups of participants from the South-East Cornwall that have learning difficulties and disabilities undertook a variety of activities which enabled them to get out of their homes, meet new people and form new friendships. During this time their carers also gained respite. The CCF’s Wellbeing and Prevention Grant allowed the groups to visit the National Trust - Cotehele House to view the Christmas garlands in the Great Hall, they then went on to have Christmas Lunch at Lou's Tearooms.

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Nikki Markham Director of Battling On said "Thanks to the CCF we have been now been able to support three different groups in Launceston, Liskeard and Saltash and the most rewarding aspect of this project is that once the groups are up and running the recipients now run the activity days themselves making the project self-sustaining. This is proof that small injections of funding can make huge lasting differences to people's lives. This grant has proved invaluable as it helps reduce social isolation for many individuals that do not have the opportunity to get out and meet new people and form friendships. The grant has allowed Work Skills South West to organise a wide range of activities and events from eco art days in the wood to trips to National Trust properties with picnic lunches and ice creams all round."