Cheshire Wildlife Trust sets up new volunteering group to combat loneliness
A new volunteering group, run by Cheshire Wildlife Trust will be starting next month.
The aim of the groups is to use engaging with wildlife to combat loneliness in east Cheshire following recent research that revealed over nine million people in the UK always or often feel lonely.
Adam Linnet, a volunteer co-ordinator from Cheshire Wildlife Trust said: “Loneliness is becoming a major concern in this country. We have seen the government add it to their agenda through the creation of a dedicated ministerial appointment and we hope that this group will be part of the story in tackling the loneliness problem. We hope that through the establishment of this group we will not only connect people with wildlife but also people with people.
“Loneliness can be experienced at any age, and is said to be as harmful to health as smoking. We hope that this group will bring together a diverse group of people who can benefit from working together, meeting new people, learning new skills and developing a shared interest in wildlife.”
The groups will be called ‘Connect with Nature’ and will meet twice a month to undertake light tasks on the Trust’s reserves such as harvesting seeds from wildflower seeds, plug planting and monitoring nestboxes. No prior knowledge is required as full demonstrations will be provided.
The group will meet on the second and fourth Fridays of each month starting in April.
For more information, or to join, contact Adam Linnet (Volunteer Coordinator) at Cheshire Wildlife Trust by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01948 820728.