People Enjoying Nature is an outreach project which will offer supported activity sessions in the Pendle Hill landscape to individuals and groups who are dealing with mental health and social isolation issues.

The People Enjoying Nature (PEN) project is an outreach project which will offer supported activity sessions in the Pendle Hill landscape to individuals who are dealing with mental health and social isolation issues. These sessions will give participants the opportunity to learn new skills and get involved in different activities, as well as meet new people and find out about new places and sites.

This project involves the partnership of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust Community Prevention and Engagement Team, who help advertise and register individuals onto the PEN sessions. This partnership benefits the project and has been key to its development and delivery so far.

Within a normal year of the Landscape Partnership, we will be delivering PEN sessions in 3 six week blocks from March to October, and 4 stand-alone sessions from November to February. Each session includes minibus transport from 3 central pick up points to the session sites, and vice versa. All tools and resources are provided, and outdoor clothing is available to borrow at each session.

However, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, spring and summer sessions have had to be cancelled.

Autumn 2020

Sadly, plans to restart PEN had to be postponed again due to the increasing number of Covid cases across East Lancashire.

However, our Community Engagement Officer, is still available to deliver guided walks and outdoor sessions to individuals/support bubbles. Please just get in touch if yourself or someone you know would like to be supported to get out into the local countryside. The PEN sessions are available and free for everyone!

Unfortunately at this time we cannot off transport, and so walks can be focused around where you live in the local towns and villages. 

Project Summary - August 2020

The People Enjoying Nature group have been enjoying lots of different activities over the past 12 months. Last spring we got involved with lambing, we learnt more about local archaeology in the summer and have been involved in practical conservation tasks throughout the year. Walking is a big part of PEN, and we have been exploring new routes, as well as revisiting some favourites!

We hope that individuals who join the PEN project learn new skills and more about local nature and environment. But most importantly we have lots of conversations, lots of smile and lots of laughter as we enjoy the wonderful Pendle Hill landscape.

The PEN project is delivered in partnership with Community Prevention and Engagement Team, which is part of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. This partnership has resulted in a successful project, and we must thank Nick Alderson in particular for working with us on this.

PEN participants

PEN participants

Take a look at these short end of year reports for more information about the success of the project so far.

End of Year 1 Report

End of Year 2 Report

 

Contact: Community Engagement Officer – jayne.ashe@lancashire.gov.uk or call 01200 420420.

PROJECT SUMMARY