Monday, June 24, 2024

Feeling lonely? You’re not alone.

by Handy Mag

In 2022 a report discovered 9.63% of adults (25.99 million people) in the UK reported feeling lonely. Some even say that figure has increased, given how many people now work from home post the pandemic.

Is this you? Or maybe you are just feeling a bit low and need to get out more…

Outdoor Courses and Sessions

We are running some outdoor courses and sessions that will give you a chance to meet others and give you a real boost. Plus, you’ll spend time immersed in nature, which has been proved to increase wellbeing immeasurably.

You can choose one of our three, 12-week courses (starting 23 April), to learn lots of new skills, such as nature crafts, bushcraft and how to improve your wellbeing. These are perfect if you want to build friendships but at the same time create more resilience to help you ride life’s ups and downs.

Fireside Friendship Drop In

Or maybe a Fireside Friendship Drop In is more for you right now. These unstructured sessions enable people to gather around a fire for a good old-fashioned chat and eat food cooked over the campfire. These Drop Ins start 22 April and run every other week throughout the year (except school holidays).

Sessions for Healthcare Staff

We also run nature and wellbeing sessions for healthcare staff. These have already started, but we have five more through the year and are for GPs, charity and NHS staff who can refer to services like ours.

All courses and sessions are led by Alison and Georgia from the Nature Connectors, based at Ampleforth Abbey Orchards in the Howardian Hills.

Ticket prices are heavily subsidised – and in some instances – free transport may be included – thanks to our funders, The Howardian Hills Landscape Partnership.

You’ll find more information here: or email Alison on

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