New eco centre to boost self esteem

Lancashire Care and Mind staff at the eco centre
Lancashire Care and Mind staff at the eco centre
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A new eco centre project has been established in Lancashire to give members of the community a place to work together and gain a range of skills through horticultural and agricultural activities.

The project is a joint venture between Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Mind, Lancashire County Council and Red Apple.

It aims to support individuals through eco-therapy to acquire new skills, improve confidence, self-esteem and improve employment opportunities for those involved.

Keith Isherwood, community restart co-ordinator at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The eco centre aims to support research which suggests that the use of eco-therapy and physical exercise can have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

“The project will also provide an opportunity for social interaction and build on transferable skills.

“In learning to care for our environment and animals we learn to care for ourselves and others.”

The centre is open Monday to Saturday and is based in Newburgh.

To find out more about the eco centre, visit www.theecocentre.org.uk.