Support AHOH - "A Hectare Of Hope" Community Wellbeing Open Space Initiative
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“Being part of a community promotes good health and makes us feel we belong. People who feel lonely and isolated often face health problems like stress, pain or illness. Belonging is part of a healthy community – yours, ours, everybody’s.”
A Hectare Of Hope is a collective vision of the established group namely the CrowTribe.
Having successfully organised and managed a number of community focused well-being events across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, it became hugely apparent that there is an increasing requirement for managed community open spaces that serve as a place for coming together, engaging and supporting each other with a holistic approach.
There is a need to recognise our natural landscape as an asset that has enormous potential to improve our health and well-being.
GREEN SPACE, MENTAL WELL-BEING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
We’ve known for some time that good quality natural landscape in urban areas can affect how people feel. It reduces stress and sadness, lifts the mood and makes us feel better.
The impacts on mental well-being, social networks and sustainable communities probably work through a variety of mechanisms and it’s in these areas that the strongest evidence is emerging that green space can improve the public’s health.
gov.uk website - “public health matters” blog post
WHAT IS A HECTARE OF HOPE?
How does it work and how does it benefit our community?
A Hectare Of Hope is 2.4 Acres of open space managed by a core team of
experienced Holistic Health Practitioners & Professional who’s sole intention
is to raise awareness and deliver the positive impact of:
- COMMUNITY GATHERINGS
- SOCIAL INTERACTION
- HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTICES
- GROUP WORKSHOPS
- GROUP FUNDRAISING EVENTS
- ONE-TO-ONE SUPPORT
- COMPLIMENTARY THERAPIES
- CREATIVE & MUSIC WORKSHOPS
- SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT
- ‘YOUNG AT HEART’ SENIORS GROUPS
- OUTDOOR/BUSHCRAFT WORKSHOPS
- COFFEE & COMPASSION MORNINGS
+ So Much More
THOSE THAT LIVE FOR ONE ANOTHER LEARN THAT LOVE IS THE BOND OF PERFECT UNITY
OUR LANDSCAPES HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH – SO LET’S INVEST IN THEM
A growing evidence base, reflected in national policy, suggests that spendingon health care could be reduced if greater investment was made in preventingill health before it has a chance to occur. Based on an overview of the available evidence, the Landscape Institute sets out five principles that capture the positive links between landscape and health.
PRINCIPLE 1 -
Healthy open spaces places improve air, water and soil quality, incorporating measures that help us adapt to, and where possible mitigate, climate change.
- Healthy open spaces help overcome health inequalities and can promote healthy lifestyles & a true feeling of ‘Community’
- Healthy open spaces make people of all generations feel comfortable and at ease, increasing social interaction, and reducing anti-social behaviour, social isolation and stress.
PRINCIPLE 4 -
Healthy open spaces optimise opportunities for working, learning and development
PRINCIPLE 5 -
Healthy open spaces are restorative, uplifting and healing for physical, emotional & mental health conditions
A GROWING EVIDENCE BASE SUPPORTS THE ROLE OF LANDSCAPE IN DELIVERING POSITIVE HEALTH OUTCOMES
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