We did it
On 7th October 2020 we successfully raised £220 with 10 supporters in 42 days

To bring isolated community members of all ages together through creativity in nature including music, poetry, art both indoors and outside.

by Let's Go Outside & Learn in Richmond, England, United Kingdom

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Let's Go Outside & Learn works with people at risk of isolation of all ages, taking them out into parks and open spaces for the benefit of their health and wellbeing. 

Covid Response In recent months we have brought nature to project participants and used it as a vehicle to bring people isolated at home together to feel part of the community.

How Your Funds Will Make a Difference -This project aims to work with isolated local people and develop their understanding of and connection to the natural world using the creative arts as a key to connecting. This is an opportunity to build on the recent interest in nature and use the role it has in supporting wellbeing both physical and mental to tackle the isolation felt by our vulnerable clients. Through small group work and following government guidelines, working remotely and outdoors in parks there will be creative activities to explore the wildlife of parks, gardens and street scenes as it is now and in the memories of local people. We will develop a creative map of individual stories and shared memories of days gone by to celebrate life and to treasure memories of time spent in nature. Participants will have opportunity to share stories and experiences which will be collated and published as a lasting memento of the project.

Creative Methods Indoors and Outside The participants will explore nature through ideas, art, poetry, conversation, music, sound and movement in order to explore the familiar and re-imagine it. 

As nature is all around us we hope that the world just outside our front door (or inside if housebound) can be opened up for everyone as spaces of curiosity, adventure, learning and community and as a vehicle to support wellbeing. We will use the creative action to help people navigate, recognizing that there are no right answers, and everyone has a contribution to make. 

The project will consider possibilities and alternatives. The project will include 4 months of remote activities and 2 months of workshops and analysis to understand in more detail how the visions can be developed and used to influence change. 

Nature and Wellbeing Research  Part of our response to the recent Covid emergency was to conduct a survey about time spent in nature before the pandemic and in present times. This feedback has inspired us to raise the funds to provide activities that will connect individuals to nature to benefit their mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. 

An interim analysis of 140 responses shows how nature has been used to support the wellbeing of local people during this difficult time. “I feel more connected with my local area and healthier and happier spending more time in my local green space. Getting outdoors was fundamental to our positive mental health during lockdown.”, “It’s the first time in my adult life where I feel I’ve had time to properly see the wildlife around me & to learn more about it. It has been hugely rewarding.”  One of our participants told us “I’d like to think that more people will make nature part of their lives after lock down.” 

 We hope that this project will go some way in addressing the needs of our clients to spend time in nature and feel connected to green spaces and each other.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Muddy Footprints Badge & mention on social media

We will promote you on our social media pages and you will receive a metal pin badge for being a nature ambassador.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

You will receive a mention on all of our social media and website page and you will receive a muddy footprints badge to prove you are a nature lover.

£15 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£15 Reward

A hand painted postcard plus a growing kit containing pot, seeds or bulbs, soil and instructions.

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£15 Reward

A goody bundle of recycled bags and purses hand made in Cambodia.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

You will receive a hand painted postcard in the mail from one of our participants with a bespoke message especially for you and a mention on all of our social media and website.

£20 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

You will receive a hand painted and signed watercolour picture of a highland cow - done according to the colours of your choice or any other wildlife animal of your preference.

£20 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£20 Reward

A bespoke 20 minute Tai Chi session from Salie our extremely talented Tai Chi instructor.

£400 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Outdoor Corporate Team Building

We will create a bespoke nature learning day for up to 10 employees. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the benefits of spending time in green spaces being creative and getting muddy footprints.

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