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Myplace project at The Chorley Flower Show

Posted on the 25th July 2017

Young people in Lancashire can find out more about an exciting project that will boost their mental health and physical wellbeing at this year’s Chorley Flower Show.

Myplace is an exciting and innovative collaboration between Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and The Lancashire Wildlife Trust and is funded by close to £1m in Big Lottery Funding that is administered by the national ‘Our Bright Future’ campaign for young people.

The Myplace project encourages young people aged 13 – 24 years old to explore the environment by offering opportunities to participate in eco-therapy based activities where they can develop new skills, increase their self-esteem, build resilience and improve their own self-confidence. By getting involved in activities outdoors young people can reduce their stress levels, prevent mental health problems and improve their concentration and mood.

The Myplace project team will be at The Chorley Flower Show event on Sunday 30 July talking to young people about how they can learn new skills, look after their health and benefit the local community.

Mike Winstanley, Health and Skills Project Manager at The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside said:

“‘Our Myplace project offers young people the chance to take part in a range of outdoor based activities that are proven to build confidence and resilience, develop new skills and improve their overall health and wellbeing. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust partnership is committed to providing the best opportunities possible to enable young people to connect with nature in their local environment whilst building links with their communities.”

Mark Wardman, Senior Transformation Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are promoting Myplace as an excellent project for young people to get involved in.  In fact some of the young people who have been involved in Myplace produced this video to demonstrate how they are benefitting from interacting with the project and this is available to watch on the Trust’s You Tube channel.”

The Myplace project is delivered throughout Chorley, Preston, Blackburn, Skelmersdale and East Lancashire running a variety of environmental activities to improve urban community greenspaces. For more information about the Myplace project visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/myplace or www.lancswt.org.uk/myplace-project.

If you’d like more information or to purchase tickets visit www.chorleyflowershow.com or contact Chorley Council on 01257 515151.