Greenbuds is a project which supports individuals to access the outdoors to improve mental health and wellbeing. Participants in the project find that time spent in the natural environment can be beneficial, reducing stress and anxiety, lifting mood and building confidence. Activities include bushcraft skills, environmental art projects, photography, conservation work and outdoor learning.
The project ensures that participants are at it’s heart, involved in it’s planning, decision-making and development. This approach also supports the recovery focused nature of DAMH as it enables participants to achieve their goals and recognise their unique skills, talents and experience.
What can I get out of Greenbuds?
- The chance to gain a John Muir Environmental Award
- The opportunity to take part in conservation volunteering
- Support to develop your skills and learn new ones
- The chance to take part in a range of activities including a conservation residential
- Meeting up with other environmental organisations and finding out what is going on in your local greenspaces
- The opportunity to share activities that interest you with the rest of the group. To be involved in the planning, development and running of the project.
Access to the project is on a referral basis and is open to those with diagnosed mental health problems and/or those struggling with factors such as low confidence/self-esteem, anxiety and low mood. A referral form can be downloaded here and mailed to the address below. The project is funded by NHS Tayside Community Innovation Fund.
What our participants got out of the Greenbuds programmes.
“Greenbuds definitely helped me getting into the outdoor environment, it has given me structure and purpose to my life. I want to give something back and I would like to help other people through the John Muir Award.”
“I can see bigger and better things in the future through Greenbuds.”
“It gives people an opportunity to showcase their own talents and to be more aware that what they have is something valuable that they can give to other people, that they can share. We are all learning from each other. We are all Interconnected, we are all learning different things from each other. I feel overall better. I feel more conscious of everything instead of letting things pass me by. I feel more relaxed when I get home. It makes me feel calmer, more serene.”
“I have made friendships with people and staff. Its built up and now I have the confidence to do it. I never used to speak to people now it’s second nature.”
“Healthier physically and mentally”
“The staff are never negative which has helped me move away from my pessimistic ways. I feel a sense of accomplishment through the conservation activities and am contributing positively to nature. The program does not only benefit yourself but those around you as I have reconnected with my dad with encouragement from the staff.”