Free wellbeing courses for men between 20 and 59 starting in Salisbury

A NEW programme will launch next week to boost the wellbeing of men aged between 20 and 59.

Wiltshire Council is working with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to promote the free scheme, aiming to improve wellbeing through nature-based and physical activity, where men can develop strong social networks.

Sessions will be shaped throughout the programme based on the interests of those attending, with activities on offer including hiking, woodwork and bush craft skills, which will be run alongside wellbeing techniques including stress management and mindfulness.

Starting from February 19, the first programme will run over 12 weeks in Salisbury, with more wellbeing programmes being arranged for later in the year in Trowbridge and Chippenham.

Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, cabinet member for public health, said: “This partnership with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is very important, the programme will provide men with the knowledge and practical tools they need to improve their mental wellbeing.

“Participants will be able to engage in activities that they enjoy while developing new skills and learning about the benefits of being outdoors.

“Having access to wellbeing techniques and advice will contribute to positive behaviour change, benefiting those who are currently struggling.”

Damian Haasjes, director of education and wellbeing at the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, added: “Wiltshire Wildlife Trust are excited to be working in partnership with Wiltshire Council’s Public Health Team to support men’s mental health across the county.

“We regularly see the positive impact that connecting with nature has on people’s mental health and wellbeing. The new outdoor men’s wellbeing programme will build on our existing work and offer a great opportunity for early support and intervention with men who are struggling with their mental health.”

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